Shooter kills 20 children, others in Conn. school tragedy



UPDATE: NBC reporting shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza, not his brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. Confusion may be because Adam had Ryan’s ID. Conn. state police have not yet confirmed the identity of the shooter.

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Connecticut officials said 26 people were killed, 20 of them children, in a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning.

Conn. authorities said another person was found dead at a second crime scene officials said was related to the school shooting.

Preliminary details: 

  • 28 total fatalities
  • 27 dead in shooting at school
  • 20 children
  • 6 adults
  • 1 adult found dead at second crime scene
  • 1  suspected gunman

According to NBC, a teacher’s son carried out the second-worst school shooting in our nation’s history Friday morning. 

NBC is reporting 20-year-old Adam Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., used two guns in this shooting rampage at the school where his mother taught Kindergarten. 

Conn. state police have not yet confirmed the identity of the shooter.

Authorities said most of the shooting took place in his mother’s classroom. 

Conn. state police said Ryan told them his bother, Adam, has a history of mental illness. 

Officials said Sandy Hook Elementary School has classes from kindergarten up to 4th grade.

About 600 students between the ages of 5 and 10 attend the school. 

MORE: Most up-to-date details on Connecticut elementary school shooting

(CNN) – State police responded Friday to reports of a shooting at a southwestern Connecticut elementary school, that sources say has left multiple people dead and many injured.

The principal and a school psychologist were killed in Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, 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.

The suspected gunman in Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school is dead on the scene, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

Police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, the source said.

It’s unclear if police killed him or if he took his own life.

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.

Breaking news photos from outside Sandy Hook Elementary appeared to show school staffers leading children away from the school wearing no coats and dressed in brightly colored clothing. Temperatures hovered just above freezing.

The children walked one behind another, with their hands resting on the shoulders of the student in front of them. Authorities evacuated children to a firehouse directly across from the school.

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.

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 stomach ache, she said.

The girl’s father told the station the incident was shocking.

“I was pretty shaken up,” he said.

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.

Newtown is about 60 miles north of New York.