A shooting took place at 9:40 am at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killing 27 people, 18 of them children.
The school was evacuated by police, and students were taken to a nearby fire station. Three wounded are currently in the hospital and are reportedly in very serious condition.
The shooter has been reported dead, although it is unclear whether or not he took his own life. Reports of a second shooter remain unconfirmed, although police have one person in custody as of the writing of this article. The shooter was reportedly wearing camouflage and a bullet proof vest. Police have also recovered two weapons from the suspect, both pistols.
The gunman is believed to be 18 to 20 years old, and was seen getting into an argument with front office staff roughly at 9:40 am when the shootings began. Visitors to the school have to be buzzed in before entering, and there is a camera recording all those who enter the premises. It is unconfirmed whether or not the shooter was related to one of the students attending the school.
Police are currently in the process of reuniting parents with the evacuated children. One mother, Brenda Lebinski, believes her daughter was saved thanks to the quick thinking of one of the instructors. The teacher made the decision to move all the kids into a closet when the gunman had entered the building.
“My daughter’s teacher is my hero,” Lebinski said. “She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives.”
Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this tragedy. This article will be updated with more information as it arises.
The shooter has been identified as Adam Lanza, and is in his twenties. His father was found dead in their home, and his mother reportedly worked at the school. She has been counted among the dead. AP has reported that the shooter used a .223 Caliber Rifle.
An unconfirmed report has been received that the death toll has risen to 29.
Lanza’s mother was a teacher at the school. Her students are the reported victims. The .223 caliber rifle was found in the shooter’s trunk, it is unknown whether or not it was used in the shooting.
The shooter’s younger brother is in custody, it is unknown whether or not he is the reported individual who was put into custody earlier. A mother has reported that the shooter was involved in an altercation with the school principal, who is also among the victims.
The photo of the Ryan Lanza that was pulled by numerous news sites, is the brother of the shooter Adam Lanza. Ryan was mis-identified earlier today as the shooter, his Facebook has since been removed.
The Newtown Police department’s Lt. Paul Vance has confirmed 18 children died on site, 2 died in the hospital. 6 adults were killed on site. 26 people are confirmed dead as a result of the shooter, 27 including the shooter. It has been confirmed that the shooter took his own life. Furthermore, the shooting took place in one section of the school, in two rooms. The Lieutenant will be returning in an hour with further updates.
The shooter’s identity is actually ADAM LANZA, and is age 20, who was found dead on the scene. He is the younger brother of RYAN LANZA, age 24, who is being held in custody. The shooter was carrying his brother’s identification, which is what caused the initial confusion.
Lanza apparently shot his mother in the home they shared.