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As Americans reel from a horrific act of violence in Newtown, Conn., debates over gun control, mental health care and children's safety have reopened across the US and beyond. GlobalPost brings you news and analysis from around the world in the wake of a shooting that left 20 children and eight adults dead.

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Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II talks to the media and answers questions the media about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Jared Wickerham/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police: Sandy Hook gunman was loaded with ammo

30-round magazines, hundreds of bullets found at Sandy Hook school.

Connecticut police today said they found 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets at Sandy Hook elementary school where a shooting rampage Friday killed 26 people, reported The Associated Press

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The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had "a lot of ammo, a lot of clips," said State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance said, reported AP, adding it was certain "a lot of lives were potentially saved."

Police listed “numerous” semiautomatic rifle magazines as well as ammunition for other guns, according to The Washington Post. They said Lanza was equipped with hundreds of bullets and brought additional guns with him when he got to the school Friday morning, but he only used one gun, a “Bushmaster,” to shoot 20 children and six adults dead minutes later. 

Asked how many bullets had been unleashed on the premises, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver told reporters: "I'm lucky if I can tell you how many I found," said AP

The news raises "new questions" over Lanza's ability to obtain so much ammunition, said The Washington Post

The shooting has traumatized America. US President Barack Obama will arrive in Newtown tonight for a vigil service for the victims.