27 Dead, Including 20 Children, in Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School Shooting– Adam Lanza ID’ed as Shooter
Connecticut state police are responding to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, 50 miles southwest of Hartford. Eighteen children and the school’s principal have been killed in Friday morning’s shooting.
AP writes 27 people, including 20 children, have been killed in total, and the shooter has been allegedly shot dead. At 20 dead, this is the second deadliest shooting in U.S history.
Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said. The dead shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. His brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, is reportedly being questioned by police. Adam also reportedly killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at her home before going on his rampage with guns registered in her name.
The principal and school psychologist are apparently among the dead, CNN TV reports. A teacher told CNN around 100 shots were fired.
The number of victims is unclear. Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said.
The Hartford Courant reports that state police say that one shooter is dead. There are unconfirmed reports of multiple gunmen.
At least three people were wounded and are in “very serious” condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, that town’s mayor, Mark Boughton told CNN.
A gunman was reported in the school’s main office shortly after 9:40 a.m. on Friday, where one person reportedly had “numerous gunshot wounds.”
Groups of students, some crying and holding hands, were seen being led from the school. CNN reports some students had to run past the shot bodies of the principal and psychologist.
The Associated Press reports that school officials have locked down the premises to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The shooter is dead, CNN writes, and two weapons have been recovered from the scene of the shooter’s death. “It’s not known whether police killed the alleged shooter or he took his own life. The source says one weapon recovered is a Glock and the other is a Sig Sauer,” CNN adds.
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