NEWTOWN, États-Unis - 20 enfants et 6 adultes ont perdu la vie dans la fusillade survenue vendredi 14 décembre à l'école primaire Sandy Hook de Newtown, dans le Connecticut, selon le dernier bilan officiel. Il s'agit d'un pires carnages jamais commis dans un établissement scolaire aux Etats-Unis.

Le président Barack Obama, très ému, peinant même brièvement à parler, a dénoncé en milieu d'après-midi un crime "haineux", soulignant que les victimes étaient "en majorité de beaux petits enfants âgés de 5 à 10 ans".

Le bilan dans l'école est de "20 enfants, 6 adultes, et le tueur" a déclaré Paul Vance, le porte-parole de la police du Connecticut, dans une conférence de presse à Newtown, ville tranquille de 27 000 habitants une ville de 27 000 habitants qui se trouve à une centaine de kilomètres au nord-est de New York. Une autre personne a été retrouvée morte dans un appartement à Newton, selon les autorités qui n'ont pas donné de détails à ce sujet, ce qui porte le bilan à 28 morts.


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Le tueur présumé, qui se serait suicidé au moment de l'arrivée de la police sur les lieux, était arrivé dans l'école, où sa mère était institutrice, un peu après 9h30. Il portait deux pistolets, un Sig Sauer and un Glock, selon le New York Times. Et s'est concentré sur deux salles de classe, où il a froidement abattu 20 enfants hurlant de peur et 6 adultes. Sa mère fait partie des victimes, mais les informations étaient contradictoires vendredi soir, sur le lieu où son corps a été découvert. Elle pourrait être la personne trouvée dans l'appartement.

"Aujourd'hui, le diable a visité cette communauté"

Selon la police, 18 enfants sont décédés sur place, deux autres à l'hôpital. Une blessée a survécu. Parmi les six adultes, on compte la directrice et la psychologue de l'école. Les petits corps et ceux des adultes étaient toujours dans l'école vendredi soir, pour les besoins de l'enquête. La police a précisé que les identifications devraient être finies d'ici samedi 15 décembre. Tout le périmètre de ce secteur très boisé était bouclé par la police, avec de nombreux véhicules de pompiers.

Toute la journée, les parents se sont succédé dans la caserne de pompiers où les enfants avaient été évacués. C'est là que certains ont appris la terrible nouvelle. "On n'est jamais préparé à ce genre de choses", a déclaré le gouverneur Dan Malloy. "Aujourd'hui, le diable a visité cette communauté". Mais "nous sommes ensemble" dans ce drame, et "nous allons le dépasser", a-t-il ajouté. "C'est une horreur absolue. Il n'y a pas de mots pour la décrire", a déclaré à l'AFP Chuck Stofko, un consultant qui vit près de l'école, soulignant que la petite ville de Newtown était "spéciale". Les meurtres y sont inconnus. "C'est une communauté très soudée, tout le monde se connaît", expliquait aussi Melisa Latifi, 23 ans.

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La police n'a pas révélé le nom du tueur. Les médias américains l'ont d'abord identifié comme Ryan, puis comme Adam Lanza, 20 ans - son frère Ryan, 24 ans, étant interrogé par la police. Les raisons de la tuerie sont encore inconnues.

Une centaine de coups de feu

Un témoin cité par CNN aurait entendu une centaine de coups de feu.

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Un jeune élève d'environ 8 ans a raconté que ses camarades et lui avaient entendu des cris dans la matinée. On nous a dit "trouvez un endroit sûr, et on s'est caché dans les placards du gymnase", a-t-il témoigné. "Puis la police a dit 'on est en train d'évacuer, vite, vite'. Nous avons alors couru jusqu'à la caserne de pompiers...Et nous sommes contents d'être vivants", a ajouté le petit garçon.

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Mergim Bajraliu, âge de 17 ans, dit avoir entendu l'écho des tirs depuis sa maison, et avoir couru jusqu'à l'école pour prendre des nouvelles de sa soeur de 9 ans. Selon lui, sa soeur, qui n'a pas été blessée, a entendu un cri sur le système d'intercom.

Il a ajouté que les enseignants tremblaient et pleuraient alors qu'ils sortaient de l'école. "Tout le monde était simplement traumatisé", a-t-il dit.

Les photos du drame compilées par nos collègues du HuffPost américain
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  • Second Report On Sandy Hook Shootings Released

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  • Twenty-seven small U.S. flags adorn a large flag on a makeshift memorial on the side of Highway 84 near the Newtown, Conn., town line as residents mourn victims killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. On Friday, authorities say Lanza killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, a message honoring the victims that died a day earlier when a gunman opened fire at an elementary hang from a bridge near Hawley Pond, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Mourners carry ornaments to decorate the Christmas trees at one of the makeshift memorials for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Monday,Dec. 17, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. Authorities say gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home on Friday and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Crayons sit on a table outside of a barbershop a day after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Crayons sit on a table outside of a barbershop a day after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tamara Doherty

    Shop owner Tamara Doherty, paces outside her store just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Tamara Doherty, Jackie Gaudet

    Shop owners Tamara Doherty, left, and Jackie Gaudet, right, meet outside their stores for the first time since being neighbors, just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Kristin Hoyt

    Kristin Hoyt, 18, of Danbury, Conn., ties a balloon to an overpass up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A Newtown, Conn., resident, who declined to give her name, sits at an intersection holding a sign for passing motorists up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A snowflake ornament with the name of 6-year-old Noah Pozner hangs on a Christmas tree at a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, as the town mourns victims killed in Friday's school shooting. Pozner, who was killed Friday when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be buried Monday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Twenty-seven small U.S. flags adorn a large flag on a makeshift memorial on the side of Highway 84 near the Newtown, Conn., town line as residents mourn victims killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Authorities say Lanza killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life, on Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Jamie Duncan, 16, of Newtown, Conn., lights a candle at one of the makeshift memorials for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Monday,Dec. 17, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. Authorities say gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home on Friday and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • A mourner carries a giant Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal to place at one of the makeshift memorials for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Monday,Dec. 17, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. Authorities say gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home on Friday and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • A hearse arrives at B'nai Israel Cemetery with the body of Noah Pozner, a six-year-old killed in an elementary school shooting, during funeral services, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Monroe, Conn. Authorities say gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home on Friday and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • People arrive at B'nai Israel Cemetery during burial services for Noah Pozner, a six-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Monroe, Conn. Authorities say gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home on Friday and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Veronika Pozner

    Veronique Pozner waves to the assembled media as she leaves after a funeral service for her 6-year-old son Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn. Noah Pozner was killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Twenty seven wooden stand in a yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza, found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Newtown residents Claire Swanson, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht, Simran Chand and New London, Connecticut residents Rachel Pullen and her son Landon DeCecco, hold candles at a memorial for victims on the first Sunday following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    U.S. President Barack Obama waits to speak at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Eknoor Kaur, 3, stands with her father Guramril Singh during a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil with President Barack Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    New London, Connecticut resident Rachel Pullen (C) kisses her son Landon DeCecco at a memorial for victims near the school on the first Sunday following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    US President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for the victims and relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were killed when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary and began a shooting spree. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    A woman covers her face as US President Barack Obama reads out the names of children killed during Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at a interfaith memorial for victims and relatives at the Newtown High School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were killed when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary and began a shooting spree. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

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    A woman pays respects at a memorial outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman allegedly killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Residents wait for the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Cheryl Girardi, of Middletown, Conn., kneels beside 26 teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at a sidewalk memorial, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Connecticut State Police officers respond to a bomb threat outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Worshippers hurriedly left the church Sunday, not far from where a gunman opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Ava Staiti, 7, of New Milford, Conn., looks up at her mother Emily Staiti, not pictured, while visiting a sidewalk memorial with 26 teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    This photo provided by the family shows Jessica Rekos. Rekos, 6, was killed Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 children and adults at the school, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Rekos Family)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    A U.S. flag flies at half staff outside the Newtown High School before President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    David Freedman, right, kneels with his son Zachary, 9, both of Newtown, Conn., as they visit a sidewalk memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    A man reacts at the site of a makeshift memorial for school shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town, killing 26 people, including 20 children before killing himself on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    People wait in line to attend an interfaith vigil with President Barack Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Residents greet each other before the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Residents greet each other before the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into the school Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. President Barack Obama is to scheduled to speak at the event. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Residents greet each other before the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into the elementary school Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak during the vigil. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    This image provided by the family shows Grace McDonnell posing for a portrait in this family photo taken Aug. 18, 2012. Grace McDonnell was killed Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 children and adults at the school. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the McDonnell Family)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    This Nov. 18, 2012 photo provided by John Engel shows Olivia Engel, 6, in Danbury, Conn. Olivia Engel, was killed Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 children and adults at the school. (AP Photo/Engel Family, Tim Nosezo)

  • Emilie Alice Parker

    This 2012 photo provided by the family shows Emilie Alice Parker. Parker was killed Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 children and adults at the school. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Parker Family)

  • Noah Pozner

    This Nov. 13, 2012 photo provided by the family via The Washington Post shows Noah Pozner. The six-year-old was one of the victims in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Family Photo)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    This handout image provided by ABC News, shows Nancy J. Lanza mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza at an unspecified time and place. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Family of Nancy Lanza / ABC News / Getty Images)

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121215/us-school-shooting-victims/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage">Lauren Rousseau, 30,</a> had started a job as a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School this fall. She was killed in the Dec. 14 shooting at the school.

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, was killed during an attempt to stop gunman Adam Lanza during the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121215/us-school-shooting-victims/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage">Sherlach and school principal Dawn Hochsprung</a> reportedly both lunged at Lanza in an attempt to protect the school's students and teachers. Both Sherlach and Hochsprung were killed.

Une ville abasourdie

Newton était complètement sous le choc vendredi, ses habitants se demandant comment un tel drame était possible, dans leur petite ville tranquille, à l'approche de Noël.

"C'est choquant, j'ai reçu un coup de fil au travail ce matin et je ne peux pas croire que ce genre de chose arrive dans une petite ville comme la nôtre, en plus dans une école primaire", a commenté un père d'une petite élève prénommée Alexis.

"Ca semble complètement irréel. C'est le genre de chose qu'on lit dans les journaux, qu'on entend dans les journaux. Mais que ça arrive si près de chez vous... Je pense que je suis encore sous le choc", a poursuivi son épouse.

Des centaines de parents, tremblants d'angoisse, se sont précipités à l'école, cherchant à savoir si leur enfant était sain et sauf.

Ce drame s'ajoute à plusieurs autres qui ont défrayé la chronique ces derniers mois, notamment la tuerie survenue en juillet dans un cinéma du Colorado, où 12 personnes ont été tuées lors de la première du nouveau film de "Batman".

Réactions politiques

Barack Obama a aussitôt fait "part de ses sympathies aux familles touchées". Lors d'un point presse organisé à Washington en milieu d'après-midi, le président américain a confié qu'il avait "le coeur brisé", en essuyant une larme.

"Nous avons subi trop de tragédies" comme la fusillade du Connecticut, a-t-il poursuivi, avant d'appeler à des "actions significatives" pour éviter de telles fusillades.


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Le président a par ailleurs ordonné que les drapeaux soient mis en berne sur tous les bâtiments publics pendant quatre jours. "Notre coeur est brisé", a-t-il dit.

LIRE AUSSI > Barack Obama rend hommage aux victimes

Le premier ministre Stephen Harper a réagi à cette " terrible nouvelle" en envoyant deux messages sur Twitter, l'un en français, l'autre en anglais. Le premier ministre indique que "les Canadiens prient pour les élèves et les familles (...) touchés par cette violence insensée".

LIRE AUSSI > Les réactions de Harper, Baird et Mulcair

Le débat sur les armes à feu sera-t-il relancé?

Interrogé lors de son point de presse quotidien sur les conséquences de cette énième fusillade vis-à-vis de la réglementation sur les armes, le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche, Jay Carney, a répondu que ce n'était "pas le jour" pour parler de politique.

"Je pense qu'il est important, (...) de ressentir une énorme empathie pour ceux qui ont été touchés", a-t-il déclaré.

Le réalisateur Michael Moore n'a pas eu la même réserve. Sur Twitter, il a dénoncé les "experts et politiciens" qui repoussent selon lui le débat sur le port d'armes.

Les armes à feu ont tué 31 000 personnes aux Etats-Unis en 2009, dernière année pour laquelle des chiffres officiels sont disponibles. Parmi ces morts, plus de 18 000 sont des suicides.

La fusillade de Newtown est une des plus graves ayant jamais touché un établissement scolaire. Vendredi soir, une cinquantaine de personnes a manifesté devant la Maison Blanche pour réclamer une réglementation plus sévère sur les armes à feu. L'Union européenne a exprimé vendredi soir son "choc" et son "horreur" et le secrétaire général de l'ONU a dénoncé un crime "haineux et inconcevable".

En 2009, les armes à feu ont tué 31.000 personnes aux Etats-Unis, dont plus de 18.000 sont des suicides.

Plusieurs drames similaires ont contribué à relancer régulièrement le débat sur le contrôle des armes à feu aux Etats-Unis. Quelques semaines après la tuerie survenue dans un cinéma d'Aurora au Colorado, un ancien soldat avait tué 6 personnes dans un temple sikh d'Oak Creek, dans le Wisconsin, avant de se donner la mort.

» Débat sur les armes : ce que disait notre spécialiste des USA lors d'Aurora

Le précédent Virginia Tech en 2007

À Columbine, en avril 1999, deux adolescents avaient ouvert le feu dans leur lycée, tuant 12 élèves et un enseignant avant de se suicider. En avril 2007, un étudiant de 23 ans avait tué 32 personnes avant de se donner la mort sur le campus de Virginia Tech.

Interrogé lors de son point de presse quotidien sur les conséquences de cette énième fusillade vis-à-vis de la réglementation sur les armes, le porte-parole d'Obama a affirmé penser que "ce n'était pas le jour" pour parler de politique. "Je pense qu'il est important, dans un tel jour (...) de ressentir une énorme empathie pour ceux qui ont été touchés", a expliqué Jay Carney, sans être en mesure de confirmer de bilan.

Après les tueries d'Aurora et Oak Creek cet été, Barack Obama souhaitait un "examen de conscience" qui permettrait de trouver "d'autres moyens pour réduire la violence", sans toutefois remettre en cause la loi sur le port d'armes.


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