27 people, including 20 children aged between five and 10, were killed on Friday morning when a gunman, named as Adam Lanza, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the US state of Connecticut. Police have confirmed the gunman is dead.
- 27 people have been killed in a shooting attack at a Connecticut primary school.
- 20 children are among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
- The toll is the second highest in a US school shooting after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, which left 33 dead.
- The gunman has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, his 24-year-old brother Ryan Lanza was held for questioning in New Jersey. Early reports had confused the brothers’ names.
- President Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he gave a brief address, saying the nation had been “through this too many times” with recent mass shootings and had to come together to take meaningful action, “regardless of the politics.”
- Lanza killed his mother, a teacher, and opened fire on her class
- Another adult has been found murdered in nearby house
Live: Connecticut school shootings
At least 27 people, including possibly 14 children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials.
If confirmed it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. It comes after a series of shooting rampages in the United States this year that have killed multiple victims.
The suspected shooter, the father of a student there, was also killed, CBS News reported. The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said.
There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter after witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots fired.
Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from kindergarten through fourth grade - roughly ages 5 to 10.
“It was horrendous,” said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade. “Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don’t know if they were shot, but they were bloodied.”
Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school. Parents were seen reuniting with their children and taking them home.
“This is going to be bad,” a state official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because the scope of the tragedy remained uncertain.
All Newtown schools were placed in lockdown after the shooting, the Newtown Public School District said.
The shooter, an adult, was dead and two handguns were recovered from the scene, NBC News reported without citing a source.
Lebinski said a mother who was at the school during the shooting told her a “masked man” entered the principal’s office and may have shot the principal. Lebinski, who is friends with the mother who was at the school, said the principal was “severely injured.”
Lebinski’s daughter’s teacher “immediately locked the door to the classroom and put all the kids in the corner of the room.”
Danbury Hospital, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the school, had received three patients from the scene, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. The mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, told MSNBC: “They are very serious injuries.”
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.
One child was carried from Sandy Hook Elementary School by a police officer, and the child appeared to have been wounded, the town’s weekly newspaper, the Newtown Bee, said on its website.
An individual answering the phone at the Newtown Police Department declined to comment.
Newtown, with a population about 27,000, is in northern Fairfield County, about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Hartford and 80 miles (130 km) northeast of New York City.
Sandy Hook is one of four elementary schools in the district.
The United States has experienced a number of mass shooting rampages this year, most recently in Oregon, where a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall on Tuesday, killing two people and then himself.
The deadliest attack came in July at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado that killed 12 people and wounded 58.
Date created : 2012-12-14