Reacting to the horrific shooting in his home state, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is pledging federal support for those who need it.
“As a parent and a public official, my heart and prayers are with these innocent victims, their families, and the entire community,” Blumethal, a former state attorney general, says. “I share the shock of all Connecticut at this hideous, horrific crime of inhuman violence. I will be in close communication with law enforcement and state and local officials to ensure they receive the federal support and resources they need. ”
At least 27 people–including 18 children–are reported dead as a result of the Friday morning rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which one shooter was confirmed dead at the scene, and other potential shooter was taken into custody.
The attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle, according to a news report.
President Obama is scheduled to make remarks about the shooting at 3:15 EST.
A spokesman for retiring independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman also released a statement: “Senator Lieberman and his staff are closely monitoring the situation in Newtown, CT. The Senator’s and Hadassah’s prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy today. What is important now is to give the first responders and local authorities the support needed to address the situation as it changes and keep the community of Newtown safe.”