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Newtown Victims Shot Multiple Times Each

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -

Connecticut police say they have gathered "very good evidence" against the man who opened fire on students and staff Friday at a Connecticut elementary school.

The victims, shot multiple times by a semi-automatic rifle, had wounds that were called "devastating" by the longtime medical examiner.

In the aftermath, the town of 27,000 is trying to find a way to heal, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Davis reported.

As the small community works to come to terms with its grief, officials say they have identified all of the victims, and investigators say they are beginning to piece together a possible motivation for the shooter.

After he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza shot 20 children, six adults and then himself.

The investigation is far from complete. The medical examiner says this is the worst case he has worked in his 30 year career. He says every victim was shot more than once.

"I only did 7 of autopsies. The victims I had ranged from 3 to 11 wounds apiece, and I only saw two of them with close range shooting," said Chief State Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver.

Children locked away in bathrooms, closets and the library emerged only after state police stormed their school.

"They were pounding on the door saying they were the police. Until they had someone call us and then they also put a badge under the door, and that's when we moved the file cabinets and started letting the kids out to them," library clerk Mary Ann Jacob said.

Children who survived are now beginning to process what happened:

The mother of Sandy Hook student said her son told her Friday, "My school is dead."

"In his way, it isn't – it's never going to be the same," she said.

Weapons found at the scene were from this home, where Adam Lanza and his mother lived. Her body was found inside.

At vigils and in churches around town, the community is trying to deal with the immeasurable pain.

President Barack Obama once again extended the well-wishes of a saddened nation, this time in his Saturday address.

"While nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need," Obama said.

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