12/14/2012 09:35 EST

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Alison Redford, Albertans React To Tragic Newtown Shooting

Law enforcement canvass an area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

"Together with all Albertans, I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers are with all of the families," said Premier Alison Redford in light of the horrific news of a school shooting in U.S. in Newtown, Connecticut.

Many Albertans took to social media websites to express their anger and grief at the shooting.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper also posted a message on Twitter stating, "The news is just awful.

"The thoughts and prayers of Canadians are with the students and families in Connecticut affected by this senseless violence."

With files from the Canadian Press