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27 dead in school shooting in USA

18:11 14 December 2012

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)  MANDATORY CREDIT

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks) MANDATORY CREDIT

Twenty-seven people have died, including 18 children, after a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, USA, officials said tonight.

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The tragedy ended with the gunman also dead.

The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 60 miles north-east of New York City.

Photos from the scene showed young students - some crying, others looking visibly frightened - being escorted by adults through a car park in a line, with hands on each other’s shoulders.

Ambulances surrounded the school and parents were running towards the building as a helicopter flew overhead.

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