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UPDATE: Local Leaders, Groups React to Newtown School Shooting

Officials across Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley offer their sympathies regarding the Connecticut elementary school shooting that left 27 people dead Friday morning.

Local officials and agencies joined national leaders in expressing disbelief and horror at the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school Friday that left 28 people dead, including 20 children. The suspect in the shooting has been identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Here's a round-up of local reaction:

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca issued the following statement:

Our sympathies and prayers go out to everyone associated with the terrible tragedy today at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in the community of Newtown, Connecticut.

Your children will hear about this incident through friends or others and so talking with them about it in a calm way is a good idea. Give them a chance to talk about how they feel, reassure them, and help them (and you) not to feel overwhelmed. Discuss with them about people reporting to schol officials if they see someone who does not belong on campus, or hear someone making threats.

  • Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz wrote the following on Facebook:

There are no words to console those in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts break for them and for our nation! As our President said today, "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years..." God Bless us and help us find solutions to these horrendous acts of violence.

  • U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) from the 29th Congressional District wrote the following on Facebook:

I'm just horrified at the shooting today at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. As a parent of young children, I grieve for the families who lost loved ones and those going through the agony of waiting for more information about their kids. This is beyond any parent's worst nightmare. The thoughts and prayers of the nation are with them.

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-El Monte) of the 32nd Congressional district wrote the following on Facebook:

My heart goes out to the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. I am shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy against school employees and children. We must all support the people of Newtown, Connecticut during this very difficult time.

  • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) of the 33rd California Assembly district wrote the following on Facebook:

The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is beyond words. The loss of one innocent life is tragic; the loss of over two dozen is too senseless to comprehend. We have been given a sobering reminder today of the fallen state of man. Today, we must mourn with those who mourn, and pray for the families of those killed, and for the victims who survived, and for everyone who's life has been irreversibly altered by this horrific event. Godspeed.

  • Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) of the 43rd Assembly district released the following statement: 

My words could not possibly console the victims' families, but they are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.  Events like this are a reminder, especially given their timing this year, that we should all count our blessings, every day.

  • The Arcadia Police Department wrote the following on Facebook:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the first responders at Newtown Police Department, and all who were impacted by the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

Safety at our schools is always a priority with the Arcadia Police Department and all law enforcement. Our officers are trained and equipped to respond to situations involving active shooters and other threats similar to this senseless violence. While we cannot change what has occurred, we always prepare for the future. Hug your kids, talk with them, and reassure them...

Monrovia Parent December 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM
My heart is broken to hear of this tragedy. Prayers to the families and community.
sandro seragusa December 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
God bless the victims in this horrible tragedy.. my heart goes out to the their families and friends.
Laurel Hiestand December 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
This horrific event is a "perfect storm" combination of mental illness, fascination wirh violence, and ease of getting automatic assault weapons. I hope our country can face these issues and deal with all of them. My heart is broken for those families. I will give my rdaughter - who is a kindergarten teacher- and my 4 year old granddaughter extra hugs tonight.
Secret I'm Listed December 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I just can't imagine how these families will cope with this horrible tragedy. You just know they have already bought Christmas presents for their children. Their children could have birthdays coming up. Plans have been made for these happy events for and with their children. I just sit here crying in grief for these people. My heart goes out to each and every one of those affected, including the survivors. No child, no parent, no family should have to endure such tragedy. I can't even imagine how the first-responders feel after walking through the crime scene. May God bless them all.
Rosanne December 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
This such a tragedy, prayers to the victims and survivors. So many gun-involved terrible crimes happening. Sadly, this will continue until someone stands up to the NRA!
Donetta Vandemark December 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM
http://www.facebook.com/PrayersForFamilyAndFriendsOfConnecticutShooting
Donna Evans (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Thanks for that link, @Donetta.
Donetta Vandemark December 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
You are very welcome. My husband and I created it to show our support during this tragic time. We may live far away from them but this will let them know that there are people out here that feel for them and send them all prayers and love. You are more than welcome to post it to facebook to all friends and family.
Litsa December 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
How could Anyone kill little babies ... This world is an ugly evil place ... I hope and pray that these parents Can survive the nightmare of losing their little babies because of this happen to me I would probably take my own life so I pray that these families know how to survive losing their little babies
Nada D December 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
My heart goes out to each and everyone of those affected by pointless tragedy. No child, No parent, No family should have to endure such tragedy. Prayers to the families and community, Nada, Australia
Randall Robertson December 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My Heart goes out to the Families and Friends of Victims of this Terrible Tragedy.. But we must think of a way to stop this Violence of today.. In the wake of this Tragedy we must make the Schools harder to enter for People off the Street.. Let's not let these People Die in Vain.. Let's make this not happen again.. Don't feel sad, Feel angry.. Let's all Scream.. "THIS STOPS NOW"

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