HORRIFYING details continues to emerge from the scene of an American schoolyard shooting as detectives continue to comb the scene.
Following the killing of 26 people at a Conneticut primary school, 20 of them children, that state's department of emergency has released the names of every victim.
Reports also indicate that each of those killed were hit numerous times when shooter Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School at 9.30am local time on Friday.
By 9.38am, the shooting had stopped - Mr Lanza had taken his own life.
Of the 20 children, 18 were pronounced dead at the scene.
Another two were taken to hospital but died soon after.
All of the children killed were aged between five and seven years old.
The small town of Newtown, with a population of about 30,000 is in shock.
State Governor Dannell Malloy said it would be a long time before the township could begin to heal.
"Evil visited this community today and it's too early to speak of recovery," Gov. Malloy said.
"But each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut - we're all in this together.
"We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event."
Detectives are still working at the scene of the massacre, a an assessment that is expected to take days.
Police also found a second scene where Mr Lanza is believed to have shot his mother.
For every family now struggling with the loss of a loved-one, the state has dedicated them a single officer who they can speak to as needed.
Crisis counselling teams have also been made available for the families.
According to the state, the families have requested no press interviews.
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