Friday, December 14, 2012

The Urban Beat - Breaking News: At Least 20 Children Shot by Gunman in Connecticut Elementary School


As of 1:07pm ET 26 people confirmed dead; 18 children, 8 adults.

Per CNN at 12:54pm:

(CNN) -- Two school employees died in a shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, a parent who was inside the school during the incident told CNN.
Multiple local media outlets also were reporting more than one fatality in the shooting Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Police have not confirmed those reports to CNN.
Hospital officials in neighboring Danbury said they were treating three people wounded in the shooting. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the victims were in "very serious" condition.
The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti. The suspect's body is in a classroom at the school, the source told CNN.
The parent, who has a second-grader at the school, said she believed more than 100 rounds had been fired.
Police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, the source said. It's unclear if police killed the suspect.
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 Hartford Courant newspaper said one victim had "numerous gunshot wounds."
Aerial images from CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey showed police officers armed with rifles following a dog into woods near the school.
Other officers, some in tactical gear, stood around the school with guns drawn, CNN affiliate WFSB reported.
A photograph published by The Newtown Bee showed teachers and police leading students out of the building across a parking lot.
One student, a third-grader, told CNN affiliate WTNH that she was sitting in her classroom when police flooded the area.
"We saw police officers and we heard them on our roof and in our building," the girl said.
Some of the children were crying, and others felt they had a stomachache, she said.
The girl's father told the station the incident was shocking.
"I was pretty shaken up," he said.
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 first calls came into police around 9:40 a.m., according to media accounts.
Police scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. ET.
Newtown is about 60 miles north of New York.


Per ABC

More than a dozen people, including elementary school children, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning, federal and state sources tell ABC News.
A shooting involving two gunmen erupted at a Connecticut school this morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.
State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large. Car-to-car searches are underway.
It's unclear how many people have been shot, but more than a dozen people including school children are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News.
The shooting comes just three days after masked gunman Jacob Roberts opened fire in a busy Portland, Ore., mall killing two before turning the gun on himself.
Today's shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury.
Watch State Police News Conference Live at 1 p.m. at ABCNews.com
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 a Connecticut State Police source.

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