"It's a parent's worst nightmare" said Billy Bassett of Mohegan Lake on the day after gunman Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 young children and six adults before taking his own life. Lanza apparently killed his mother earlier that morning at the Newtown home they shared.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family members" Bassett said.
Kristen Bassett added, "It's a travesty for this area. It's very sad".
Tony Paige of Shrub Oak agreed. "It's just so sad for those kids and their parents, and the teachers at the school," he said before looking for a reason for the killings. "Parents need to guide their kids to become responsible human beings. You can't have people who are taking anti-depressants or who are addicted running around with guns. Society needs to be responsible as well. Is it that important for people to own guns? It's just selfish," Paige said.
John Thomas of Peekskill said, "When I first heard about the shootings, I felt numb. It happens so often these days. Knowing it was kids 5 and 6 years-old made me feel depressed and concerned for our society."
Eileen Paige, also of Shrub Oak, said, "I think it's sad that people don't understand how valuable life is." Her sister Toni added, "I feel so very sad for those kids. They didn't deserve it."