A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school today in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said. The shooting began in a classroom.
I can’t even comment on this tragic story, it’s so horrible. Thoughts and prayers with those affected by these terrible events.
ETA: Yes, this story is developing. CNN reports that 18-20 children who have been killed, with a death toll close to 30. The principal and guidance counselor at Sandy Hook Elementary School were both killed during the shooting, according to a witness that spoke to CNN. Law enforcement tells CNN suspect is named Ryan Lanza and is 24 years old. The suspect’s mother was shot and killed at the school, according to source close to the investigation. She was a teacher there.
ETA: Six adults, 20 children and the shooter were killed. The shooter killed his brother in Hoboken first.
The numbers of the wounded/dead are subject to change, as more details of this horrific event are revealed.
More from the Associated Press
A photo taken by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students — some crying, others looking visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.
Students and staff were among the victims, state police Lt. Paul Vance said a brief news conference. He also said the gunman was dead inside the school, but he refused to say how people were killed.
Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.
A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that police were searching a location in New Jersey in connection with the shootings. That official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
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