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School Shooting in CT Elementary School

11:31 am - 12/14/2012
State police responded Friday to reports of a shooting at a southwestern Connecticut elementary school.
The Hartford Courant, citing police, said an unspecified number of people had been shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The nature of their injuries was unclear, the newspaper said. But it cited police in saying one person had "numerous gunshot wounds."

The Newtown Bee newspaper said one child had been carried out by a police officer and emergency crews had set up triage facilities, expecting additional patients.

The first calls came into police around 9:40 a.m., according to media accounts. Police were on the scene late Wednesday morning with guns drawn, CNN affiliate WFSB reported.

All schools in the city were on lockdown Friday as police assessed the situation, state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said.

Students were evacuated to a nearby firehouse, the Danbury News-Times newspaper reported.
The agency scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. ET.
Newtown is about 60 miles north of New York.


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Multiple people have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school. Children are among the dead, the Hartford Courant reports. An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman is dead.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way, says the man apparently had two guns.

The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.

Newtown is in northern Fairfield County, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 80 miles northeast of New York City.

Eight-year-old Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse.

"We had to walk with a partner," she said.

One child leaving the school said that there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until the reach the firehouse.

Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed.


[Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET] Danbury Hospital confirms it's treating some victims. It says this on its Facebook page:

To date, three patients have been transported to Danbury Hospital from the scene. Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown. This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.


NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A shooting at a Connecticut school left at least two oeople dead -- reportedly a child and the shooter -- and at least one teacher wounded.
The shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.
The Danbury News Times reported that there were multiple, confirmed deaths, including at least one child. Sources say the principal may also be dead. A shooter has also been reported killed, according to the Associated Press. There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters.
"I've never been more terrified in my life," said Sarah Walker Caron, whose young son, Will, was in the school." My heart was pounding. I couldn't race
fast enough (to the school)." Walker Caron said she believes authorities are "doing the best they can." She said that she had only heard rumors at this point, and could not confirm them, but she had heard that there could still be children in the school. She also had heard unconfirmed rumors of a second shooter.
Many parents walked down street holding hands with their children.
"I heard what happened on the news and I just headed here to get my son," said a mother, Maria Nascimento.
Audra Barth, another mother who has two children at Sandy Hook Elementary, "The parents were given no information. I was just at home going crazy. I didn't even know which school it was. I found out from media." Continued...
State police
spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
A reporter observed three state troopers with canines walking around the woods nearby, and parents leading their young children away from the scene.
It wasn't immediately clear how seriously anyone was injured. The Newtown Bee reports that "one child was carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded. Other injuries are reported, and emergency personnel have set up triage facilities"
The school superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The Newtown Bee newspaper posted a photo of a group of young students -- some crying, others looking visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on one another's shoulders.
State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.


[Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET] The principal and a school psychologist were killed, according to a parent who was at the school during the incident. The vice principal was shot in the foot or the leg, said the eyewitness, who has a second-grader at the school, and who talked to our colleague Meredith Artley.

Artley was told: "The principal, vice principal and the school psychologist went into the hall. Only one person came back. It was the vice principal. The vice principal was shot in the leg or foot and came crawling back from the hall."


12:26 a.m.: More than a dozen persons, including children shot and killed at Newtown, Conn., elementary school, federal, and state law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

12:24 a.m.: Law enforcement agents with weapons drawn seen running into wooded area behind the school.


[Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET] Many people are talking again about gun control. But White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't joining in for now.

"I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event. There is, I'm sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don't think today is that day.


1:09 p.m.: Twenty-seven people, or more, most of them children killed in shooting, sources tell ABC News.


1:17 p.m: One shooter is described as 24-years-old, armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, sources tell ABC News.


[Updated at 1:21 p.m. ET] We're now hearing that it may be a while for the briefing from the police.

1:44 p.m.: “The scene is secure. The public is not in danger,” says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.
1:42 p.m.:” Shooter is deceased inside the [school,]” says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.
[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET] The death toll is closer to 30 than 20, a federal law enforcement source in Washington told CNN's John King. Most of those killed are children, the source said.

The source also said the suspected gunman, who is dead, had a connection to the school. He would not elaborate on that connection. The source is in touch with authorities on the scene.

[Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET] Congresswoman-elect Elizabeth Esty, who was recently won a seat representing a district that includes Newtown, Connecticut, just released the following statement on the tragedy:

As a mother, I can only begin to imagine what the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary must be experiencing. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy. While details are still emerging, I hope for the safety and well being of the children, teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the Newtown community.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] We have just learned that the suspected shooter is 20-years-old, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 1:47 p.m. ET] A few more details from the White House press briefing earlier. White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not the day to debate gun policy, an assault weapons ban "does remain a commitment" of President Obama.


The suspect in one of the the deadliest school shootings in history has been identified as Ryan Lanza, authorities said Friday.

According to police, Lanza, 24, is suspected of killing 27 people -- 8 adults and 18 children -- at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

A neighbor of Ryan Lanza's parents in Sandy Hook told The Huffington Post that police are at Lanza's parents house.

The shooter was killed during the rampage and several others were injured.
The identities of the shooting victims has not yet been released.

The gunman was wearing dark clothing, a mask, a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. A cause and manner of death is pending, police said.

Police continue to investigate if there was a second shooter involved.
Unconfirmed reports say that principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist were killed, according to a parent who claimed to witness part of the attack, CNN reported.

The masked gunman entered the school administration office around 9:40 a.m., about 30 minutes after the school day began. The first 911 call was received by police one minute later.

Investigators said the gunman fired his weapon at least 100 times.

Students inside the building were escorted out in a single-file line. There are about 626 students enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade classes at Sandy Hook Elementary, with another 46 faculty members, Newtown Patch reported.

Authorities have not commented on whether the deadly encounter was captured on video surveillance.

Friday's shooting comes just two days after a gunman in Oregon shot and killed two people at a crowded Oregon mall. The suspect in that case was identified as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts. Police say Roberts’ took his own life inside a mall store. Authorities in that case are still piecing together a possible motive.

Sandy Hook Elementary School is closed Friday while police continue to investigate the shooting.


2:37 p.m.: Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother found among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
2:28 p.m. The gunman in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting has been identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey. A dead body has also been found in his parents’ home, officials said. Lanza’s body was found in the school.
2:22 p.m.: Federal agents investigating whether slain Connecticut school gunman had a relationship with someone in the school, sources say.


[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] From the president: "I offer Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation."

The president appears to be emotional, he's wiping his left eye.

Here's more of what he's saying:

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.

"That was especially true today.

"I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Obama sighed.

"Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost."


3:40 p.m.: 18 children pronounced dead at school; 2 announced dead at hospital; 6 adults dead at school, says Conn State Police spokesman Paul Vance.


[Updated at 3:54 p.m. ET] Three guns were found at the scene, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports. According to a law enforcement source, the third weapon found on the scene was a .223 Bushmaster. The other weapons, previously reported, are a Glock, and a Sig-Sauer. No word on the models of Glock or Sig-Sauer.

[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] A federal law enforcement source tells CNN's John King the information from the scene is that the shooter arrived and headed directly toward and to his mother’s classroom. That and the other information now emerging - another family member killed, police interviews - lead them to believe his mother was the primary target. But they note he also came armed with clear intention of mass killing.


4:17 p.m.: Federal sources initially identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, but there appears now to be confusion over the gunman’s identity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

Adam Lanza's older brother, Ryan, 24, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police, said the first official. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the second official, the suspect drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother's car. Three guns were found at the scene — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols — and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.

The official also said Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had Ryan Lanza's identification.

Ryan Lanza has a Facebook page that posted updates Friday afternoon that read that "it wasn't me" and "I was at work."


[Updated at 4:54 p.m. ET] We are now being told there was no body found in the Hoboken, New Jersey, home as had been previously reported.

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] We have learned that Connecticut police have searched the suspected gunman's home and place of employment in the wake of Friday's mass shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

They have also interviewed his friends, relatives and "everyone who possibly had any connection with him whatsoever," he said.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] Police did not discharge their weapons at any time when responding at the school, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. However, he could not confirm whether the suspected shooter - who died at the scene - killed himself, saying that would have to be determined by the medical examiner.

4:52 p.m: Ryan Lanza, 24, brother of gunman Adam Lanza, 20, tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality disorder.” Neighbors described the younger man to ABC as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

4:41 p.m.: Federal law enforcement sources now say Connecticut school shooting gunman was Adam Lanza, 20, and not his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as earlier reported. Adam was found dead in the school along with his mother, a kindergarten teacher there.


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Live streams
http://www.livestream.com/foxct
http://www.wtnh.com/subindex/video/watch_us_live

3:15pm EST President Obama will give a live speech
4:45pm EST Another briefing with Lt. Vance

Just before 6pm EST Lt. Vance will give another briefing

3:40 p.m.: 18 children pronounced dead at school; 2 announced dead at hospital; 6 adults dead at school, says Conn State Police spokesman Paul Vance.




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fenris_lorsrai 14th-Dec-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
This town is right next to mine.

Twitter feeds for live updates:
Danbury News Times
News Times Reporter at Scene


LIVESTREAM:
CT channel 8

PRINT/ONLINE sources
Newtown Patch (division of AOL news)

beetlebums 14th-Dec-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry

thank you for the additional links
kaelstra 14th-Dec-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. :(
fenris_lorsrai 14th-Dec-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
The Bethel ambulance just dispatched out of here with sirens, headed in direction of Newtown. We have a resource sharing agreement, so they may just be covering their regular traffic.

from photos at scene, Oxford's ambulance service (other side of town) dispatched TO the scene.


From Twitter, the Danbury mayor called in the police second shift early to backfill for the nieghboring towns.
ladygoddess 14th-Dec-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not too far away from Newtown so some of my coworkers left early to meet their kids as they arrived home from school. We mostly stood around dead silent and shell shocked as we watched the live feeds.

I still haven't managed to cry but I think it's because right now I physically can't.
chaya 14th-Dec-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
My immediate reaction to this article was that a parent (likely a father) was upset about a custody battle of some kind... anyone else?

(also, OP, please put all the updates under a cut as I suspect it's going to get long fast)
beetlebums 14th-Dec-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ok I'm sorry was rushing on the 2nd one
furrygreen 14th-Dec-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
My God! D:
furrygreen 14th-Dec-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
How many more kids and innocent people have to die before were get gun regulation reform? FFS! It seems like we have mass shootings every week now. Dx Those kids! D:
fenris_lorsrai 14th-Dec-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Article from Danbury News Times indicates shooter is dead.

News sources indicated that there was a van being sought in connection. News Times Twitter indicated Danbury police have currently cornered the van.
fenris_lorsrai 14th-Dec-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
A parent who picked up their child at the school reported that children were advised by a fireman to close their eyes and run past the office.

Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Students-brought-to-hospital-from-shooting-4118505.php#ixzz2F30RnOBF


the shooting took place during an administrator meeting.
rjdaae 14th-Dec-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
A parent who picked up their child at the school reported that children were advised by a fireman to close their eyes and run past the office.

D:
cuterabbit33 14th-Dec-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
what the fuck what the fuck what the fuck what the fuck how could this happen it's a fucking ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
eveofrevolution 14th-Dec-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Took the words right out of my mouth. Seriously, all I can say is "WHAT THE FUCK"
shadwrayvn 14th-Dec-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
omg I just omg....
kitanabychoice 14th-Dec-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
pullmystrings 14th-Dec-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
I cannot imagine being a parent and hearing your child's ELEMENTARY SCHOOL got shot up.
agentcocokitten 14th-Dec-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have a daughter in pre-K and stories like this are my worst fear. It makes me want to never leave her alone, though I know that's crazy.
oceandezignz 14th-Dec-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
This is fucking unacceptable. What kind of inhuman goober must you be to target a school full of children.
fenris_lorsrai LIVESTREAM14th-Dec-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
livestream of Fox CT (good god their volume is LOUD)

Press conference is supposed to be at 1PM EST.
aviv_b 14th-Dec-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
JFC - those poor kids, those poor parents!

And once again we'll hear how the solution is that all the teachers should be armed and why not the kids as well while we're at it.

edited for spelling boo-boo

Edited at 2012-12-14 05:58 pm (UTC)
darknessdivine 14th-Dec-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
This... is beyond fucked up. jfc, those poor children.
francesbcobain 14th-Dec-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK

that is so fucked. those poor bbs and adults. they'll probably have ptsd after this and never step into another school again. who the fuck shoots up an elementary school? i hate the world. i really hope it does end next friday.
beetlebums 14th-Dec-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm getting conflicting reports on the total death
francesbcobain 14th-Dec-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
cnn said on twitter two adults are dead. idk if they included the shooter in that or just teachers.
kytefan 14th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
This is scary. An Elementary School? They are babies! As a mother of a 6 year old I cannot imagine what they must feel, especially those parents who don't know anything about their children. My thoughts are with them.
francesbcobain 14th-Dec-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
ABC news said the shooter is possibly a parent of one of the students. okay i can get being frustrated with the school, but either take your kid out or talk to the principle. don't shoot up the fucking school.
fenris_lorsrai 14th-Dec-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.

Lebinski said that she had spoken to her daughter's teach as well as a volunteer who was in the school at the time of the shooting, and that a masked gunman had shot adults in the school.

"My daughter's teacher is my hero," Lebinski said. "She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."

Newtown Patch article (unsurprisingly comments are filled with "need tougher gun control" "but criminals can still get guns" "if only the teachers could shoot back" and a fair amount of "oh yes, firefight in a school, that sounds SAFE" and "now if not the time to talk about gun control!")


Buried in the comments:
"Third grader interviewed at scene: "we heard police on the roof. Lots of kids were crying and some of us had tummy aches."

poor bbs.



Edited at 2012-12-14 05:50 pm (UTC)
dragonflyxwings 14th-Dec-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
oh god, that third grader's quote. There's the tears.
wrestlingdog 14th-Dec-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST

WHY

WHY DO WE HAVE TO FUCKING DO THIS AGAIN
francesbcobain 14th-Dec-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
NBC news said 25 children were shot. :(
oceandezignz 14th-Dec-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Okay what the hell. What the FUCK! From two adults and the shooter to over a dozen victims?! This is terrible and awful and I think I might be sick.
beetlebums 14th-Dec-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
CBS is saying 29 now :(
beetlebums 14th-Dec-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I know I just updated but the numbers keep changing and all the news sources right now have different numbers and I think I'm gonna hold off on updating til after the conference in 10 minutes
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