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Gov. says gunman literally shot his way into building

School Shooting

(CNN) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school used his weapon to force his way into the building, the state’s governor told CNN Sunday.

“He penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building. That’s what an assault weapon can do for you,” Gov. Dan Malloy told CNN’s Candy Crowley.

Malloy also said he was the one who broke the news to families that their loved ones had died at the school.

“It’s a very difficult thing to do,” he said. “The parents had been gathered for a number of hours, clinging to hope. …And you can never be prepared for that, to tell 18-20 folks, or actually families, that their loved one would not be returning to them that day or in the future.”

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