27 reported killed in Newton, Conn., school shooting


 A lone gunman killed 27 people at an elementary school here, including 18 children, in a terrifying early Friday morning shooting spree.
The Associated Press and local media reported the shooter, an unidentified adult male, was also dead. Two handguns were recovered at the scene.
Mayor Mark Boughton said several victims had been taken to local hospitals. But details were sketchy. The Newtown Bee reported that a police officer carried a seriously wounded child from the building.

Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers.


Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., after it was placed on lock down, parents said.

The school is in a residential, wooded neighborhood about 90 minutes north of New York City. It has has 39 teachers and about 650 students. A reverse 911 call went out to parents warning of an incident. Parents were being reunited with children. But, NBC Connecticut reported, police were searching the area behind the school with guns drawn.
Terese Lestik was relieved to find her five year old daughter, Eva, unharmed.
“I heard a boom-boom,” Eva said of the gunshots she heard earlier.
“I’m horrified,” said Terese Lestik. “I just pray for whoever is hurt.”
Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse. She said she heard shots and saw her former nursery school teacher being taken out of the building on a stretcher, but didn’t know if the woman had been shot.
“We had to walk with a partner,” said Wasik, 8. 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, The Hartford Courantreported.
Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around 10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.

The school superintendent’s office says the district has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff. State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
A 1 p.m. press conference has been scheduled.
Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger, Associated Press
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27 DEAD….14 THOUGHT TO BE KIDS

POLICE REMAIN ON ALERT AND ARE SEARCHING FOR A SECOND SUSPECT

All schools in the area are closed, gunman had 2 guns, both hand pistols which have been recovered. Still unclear as to how they died, suicide, or killed by police.

A lone gunman (SUSPECTED ONLY 1) at the center of a terrifying Friday morning elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed, authorities say.

The Hartford Courant reported that shortly after 9:40 a.m., the shooter was in the main office at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at least one victim had numerous gunshot wounds. Two handguns were recovered from the scene.

Mayor Mark Boughton said several victims had been taken to local hospitals. But details were sketchy. The Newtown Bee reported that a police officer carried a seriously wounded child from the building. (The Courant also said one shooter was reported dead).

Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., after it was placed on lock down, parents said.

The school is in a residential, wooded neighborhood about 90 minutes north of New York City. It has has 39 teachers and about 650 students. A reverse 911 call went out to parents warning of an incident. Parents were being reunited with children. But, NBC Connecticut reported, police are searching the area behind the school with guns drawn.

Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.

The school superintendent’s office says the district has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff. State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.

Reports so far state the Principal of the school and another teacher were shot. Also children were seen to be injured.
1 gunman dead, police remain vigilant and search for any other suspects.






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