‘Our hearts are brO­ken tO­day’

At­tack leaves 28 dead, in­clud­ing 20 chil­dren at Con­necti­cut school Man be­gins ram­page by killing his mom, ends it with sui­cide Former class­mates re­mem­ber shooter as shy, awk­ward

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - New­town

Hor­ror, grief over­whelm close-knit Con­necti­cut town

By Christo­pher Sul­li­van NEW­TOWN, CONN. — At the cross­roads that marks the cen­ter of this three-cen­tu­ry­old New Eng­land post­card town stands a fi­ag­pole that’s a kind of barom­e­ter. Ev­ery day, says Su­san Os­borne White, who has lived here all her life, “it tells me which way the wind is blow­ing.”

She calls the lo­cal news­pa­per when­ever the fiag is low­ered to half-staff, to ask why. No one is ask­ing that now as the fiag for­lornly hangs over a heartbroken, un­com­pre­hend­ing town of 27,000.

Along streets where ev­ery win­dow twin­kles with hol­i­day can­dles, po­lice sirens wailed Fri­day. He­li­copters’ ro­tors thud­ded over horse pas­tures. In shops, televisions set to news sta­tions blared.

Ges­tur­ing at a TV im­age of the shoot­ing scene be­hind him at New­town Hard­ware, Kyle Watts said, “I know that place,” and shook his head. He’s 18 and had gone to Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School, and

Fam­i­lies of vic­tims grieve out­side Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School on Fri­day. The town of New­town, Conn., was plunged into mourn­ing af­ter the sec­ond-dead­li­est school shoot­ing in the na­tion. One law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said the shoot­ings hap­pened in two class­rooms in one por­tion of the school, leav­ing 20 stu­dents and six staffers dead.

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