‘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
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.