Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released a statement regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The entire HRC family mourns today’s horrific tragedy in Newtown. We extend condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims as well as to the entire state of Connecticut which is still reeling from this senseless act violence,” Griffin said.
“We note with sadness that it was less than a week since two innocent lives were lost at a mall in Oregon, and we offer our well-wishes and support to law enforcement officials investigating these truly heinous crimes.”
According to the Associated Press, as many as 26 people, including 18 children, were killed by a 20-something-year-old armed with a .223-caliber rifle. The shooter also took his own life.
(Recent law enforcement reports indicated the number of children killed is 20, not 18, as reported by the AP).
More details are not yet available as this story is still developing.