Gov. Dan Malloy said the state was supplying whatever resources it could to Newtown, a community of about 27,500 people with a small police force that suddenly had a horrific crime on its hands.
A total of 26 people were killed, including 20 school children, by a heavily armed, 20-year-old gunman when he stormed the Shady Hook Elementary School after killing his mother at the home they shared. The shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed himself.
"There will be a great number of funerals," Malloy said. "We have assets ready, state troopers, other police departments, anything they need."
Malloy said the longer-term needs in Newtown included repairing the bullet-riddled school and looking statewide at better ways to intervene with families and individuals caught up in mental-health problems. "I think our country needs to step it up quite a bit in that regard," he said. "We need to reach out to families that are in crisis."