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Gun manufacturer Windham Weaponry, which was started in 2011 by the former owners of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC, said it was “sickened and shocked” by Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“All of Windham Weaponry’s owners and employees are sickened and shocked by the senseless tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut. Many of us have small children and find it impossible to make sense of such a horrific act by a very sick individual. Our hearts are also broken for the victims and their grieving families,” the company said in a statement.

Windham Weaponry was started last year by Richard and Jeff Dyke and other investors after selling Bushmaster in 2006 to private equity Cerberus Capital Management.

The model of high-powered semiautomatic rifle allegedly used in the killings of 28 people, including 20 children, on Friday in Newtown, Conn. was manufactured in Windham until last year.

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