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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