As many as 27 people, mostly elementary school students, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Connecticut school this morning in one of the most horrific school shootings in history.
While the details are unfolding, state police have confirmed that the “one gunman is dead” in the shooting, which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In a press conference this afternoon, Connecticut police said that 20 children and six adults were killed. The gunman was also dead of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities initially identified the one known shooter as Ryan Lanza, a 24-year-old from New Jersey. However Fox News reported that the shooter was his brother, Adam Lanza, 20. The conflicting reports could stem from the possibility Adam was carrying Ryan Lanza’s ID.
Police have Ryan Lanza in custody, but according to Fox News, he is not a suspect.
State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to ABC News.
Lanza reportedly entered the school carrying four weapons and wearing black clothing and a bullet proof vest. His mother, Nancy Lanza, worked at the school as a teacher and is presumed dead.
A law enforcement official speaking on the condition of anonymity also told The AP that Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
(State police personnel lead children from the school)
A girl interviewed by NBC Connecticut described hearing seven loud “booms” as she was in gym class. Other children began crying and teachers moved the students to a nearby office, she said.
“A police officer came in and told us to run outside and so we did,” the unidentified girl said on camera.
A 9-year-old told the Hartford Courant, “The police took us out of the school. We were told to hold each others’ hands and to close our eyes. We opened our eyes when we were outside.”
This kind of story is truly every parent’s worst nightmare. It’s the kind of thing that’s hard to even write about without getting choked up.
Our hearts and prayers are with all the moms and dads in Newtown.
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