Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today released a statement on the mass killing at a Connecticut school which has reportedly left 27 dead, including 18 children.

Abbott said, “The senseless and cowardly shooting in Connecticut reminds us all of the vigilance we must maintain to protect our children in their schools.

I pray for the victims, their families, and the Newtown community as they deal with this horrendous tragedy.

Texas Governor Rick Perry also expressed his condolences in press release saying, “The horrific event that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is as profoundly disturbing as it is impossible to fully understand.

The fact that so many victims were children weighs heavily upon the hearts and souls of each Texan and every American.

Anita and I send our personal condolences to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy, pray for the quick healing of those injured, and extend our hopes that time will help ease the suffering of those who lost loved ones.”

The shooter in the Newtown Massacre was found dead in the school and believed to be a 20-year old male.

The shooter has yet to be identified, but is believed to have ties to the school. He reportedly used .223 caliber rifle.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting and has called officials in Newtown to express his condolences and has said the FBI will assist local and state law enforcement during the investigation.