Gunman kills 26 in US


Twenty small children and six teachers have been massacred in the US by a young gunman who walked into a quiet suburban Connecticut school armed with sophisticated handguns.

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant PAUL VANCE says 18 children were killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and two more died of their wounds in hospital.

Six adults at the school were killed, including its principal, before the killer was shot -- either by his own hand or police.

Police say there were very few non-fatal injuries reported, indicating that once targeted, there was rarely any chance of escape, and that the gunman was unusually accurate in his fire.

In addition to the bloodbath at the school another body was found at a residence in Newtown, bringing the total bodycount so far to 28.

A tearful President BARACK OBAMA went on national television to express his "overwhelming grief."