Shooting At Conneticut Elementary School?
December 14, 2012 in Guns
“Connecticut Post is reporting 29 people were killed, 22 of whom were children, during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn — a town 60 miles northeast of New York City. The suspected gunman was 20 years old and had connections to the school. Authorities are now searching his father’s home in New Jersey, according to Reuters.
CNN is reporting the shooter is named Ryan Lanza, according to HuffPost Media.
CBS News is reporting the gunman’s mother was a teacher at the school and is among the dead.
The New York Times reported the gunman walked into his mother’s classroom, shot and killer her and then shot 18 of her students.
A second body was found in a home connected to the shooter, WHYN News Talk 560 is reporting. CBS confirmed the discovery.
NBC’s Pete Williams is reporting a parent of the suspected shooter was found dead at the home in New Jersey, Reuters’ Matthew Keys tweeted.
The Connecticut Post is reporting a home in Newtown, Conn., is also being searched in connection to the shooting.
A second person is also in custody, CBS News is reporting. So far this person is being identified only as a possible second shooter.
One shooter, it’s unclear which one, is described as 24 years old, carrying four weapons, and wearing a bullet-proof vest, ABC News tweeted.
The Associated Press is reporting .223-caliber rifle was used in the shooting. This shooting is being called the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history, second only to the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.
CNN is reporting the principal and a school psychologist were killed in the shooting.
WVIT reported the principal was the target of the shooting. The News Times’ Libor Jany, Keys, and WVIT are citing witnesses who are saying the school’s principal was killed.
The school houses grades kindergarten through fourth grade.
Lt. Paul Vance with the Connecticut State Police spoke with reporters around 1:30 p.m. He didn’t offer many details, saying more information would not be immediately released until family members have been fully informed.
However, Vance did say “the scene is secure.”
A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police told Fox Connecticut. And NBC Connecticut is tweeting three people were taken from the school by ambulance to Danbury Hospital. Reuters’ Matthew Keys is tweeting that as many as four adults were injured in the shooting.
Citing The Associated Press, WVIT is reporting one teacher was shot in the foot and taken to the hospital.
State police are saying one shooter is dead and reports of a second shooter are still unconfirmed, according to The Hartford Courant.
NBC Nightly News is tweeting the apparent shooter was an adult and police have recovered two handguns.
Altimari is tweeting at least some of the shootings happened in a kindergarten classroom but it’s unclear if that was where the dead gunman was found. Keys is tweeting the shooter’s body is currently laying in a classroom.
While police haven’t confirmed who or how many people were shot, a witness told News 8 she saw one child with a bloody face and another with a hand injury.
Police carried one child who was “apparently seriously wounded” from the school, The Newtown Bee is reporting.
State SWAT teams have cleared the school. It’s still unclear if there was a second gunman, according to Altimari.
Police have surrounded a purple van in Danbury, Conn., that might be connected to the shooting, according to the Connecticut Post.
Police were also “questioning a handcuffed suspect in connection with the Newtown school shooting,” the Connecticut Post tweeted.
A witness told Jany that a man “was led out of the woods by police in handcuffs.”
The shooting was reported at 9:41 a.m.