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News vans and out-of-state license plates filled the Blue Colony parking lot, evidence of the spotlight now shown on this Connecticut town, torn apart by events still difficult to comprehend.

“It hasn’t even sunk in yet,” Mr. Andrews said, sadness and disbelief in his voice.

President Obama, who spoke to the nation on Friday after the shooting, again offered words of condolence on Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address – while also indicating the White House may be ready to take up gun control in the wake of the nation’s latest school shooting.

“We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics,” the president said

The rampage, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007. The death toll was more than double the 1999 attack on Columbine High School in Colorado.

Several news organizations reported Saturday that the shooter was armed with a Glock semi automatic handgun, a Sig Sauer semi automatic handgun and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle. All three were used in the attack, according to sources, and all three were legally registered to the gunman’s mother.

Authorities were also looking into three additional weapons.

The shooting evoked memories of the deadly incidents at Virginia Tech and Colorado’s Columbine High School. But federal and state officials, citing beefed up security and safety procedures in recent years, say that the country’s K-12 schools have become safer in recent years, according to the most recent statistics.

The U.S. Department of Education reported that the number of people killed in so-called “school-associated” incidents fell from a high of 63 in the 2006-2007 school year to 33 in the latest full school year.

• This article was based in part on wire service reports. Valerie Richardson, Jerry Seper, David Sands and Jim McElhatton contributed to this report.