Massacre in Connecticut

Authorities say at least 26 people, including 18 children, were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school.
Joe Centers
Dec 14, 2012

 

A law enforcement official said the shooter, who is dead, is believed to be a father of one of the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Authorities recovered a Glock and Sig Sauer 9mm handgun, but it was unclear who killed the shooter, who wore black combat garb and a military vest, according to information on Fox News.com.

An official with knowledge of the situation said the man, described as in his 20's, had two guns. The motive is not yet known.  

Earlier reports of a second gunman are unconfirmed. The Connecticut Post reports that police are also questioning a handcuffed man in connection with the shooting. Witnesses told the newspaper he was led out of the woods by officers. 

Shortly after 9:40 a.m., authorities reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had "numerous gunshot wounds," police told the Hartford Courant. 

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher was shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Local news outlets also reported that the principal was among those shot. 

Parent Lisa Procaccini told Fox News that her daughter was sitting in a classroom when she and others heard gun shots. 

"She was in a small class -- a reading group and they started hearing bangs," Procaccini said. "Her teacher, and I’m grateful  for this, rushed kids into the bathroom and locked the door. They told kids it was hammering and tried to keep them calm.”

"Children were crying," Procaccini said. "She did tell me about a little boy that was in a police officer’s arms, bleeding. I don’t know if she gets it."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said two firearms were recovered from the scene. 

President Obama was notified of the shooting around 10:30 am ET, White House officials said. 

The Newtown School District has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff.

A statement on the district's website stated that afternoon kindergarten classes have been canceled.

The elementary school has close to 700 students. 

Newtown is in Fairfield County, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City. 

Comments

Sit n Spin

The evil that is present in today's world is mind boggling. May God comfort the families affected by this tragedy, embrace the little angels he is receiving and may the devil secure a special place in hades for the person or persons responsible for this senseless tragedy. Sickening !

Dr. Information

Shakes head........I just do not for the life of me understand why people do such things. An entire kindergarten class and many staff members murdered in cold blood and for what? Because some 20 year old wasn't getting his way in life and decided that killing a bunch of people would set his world straight? May the Lord have mercy on these innocent peoples souls and my the shooter(s) rot in Hell.

Ehovemom

It now sounds like the gunman killed his father and then went to the school and murdered his mother, the kindergarten teacher and all of her students. Ryan Lanza, age 24 is the murderer. It is the most senseless, horrific thing I have ever heard. Praying for all these tiny souls today, along with the adults who died trying to protect them.

Uputwhatwhere7

Praying for the families of the victims. May God be with them.

BadBoys

We need armed security in schools!

scooter58

Or even a couple of trained, armed teachers. Signs don't stop bad guys, only good guys can do that.

justsayin01

I believe it was Adam his younger brother who was the shooter. Ryan was just questioned.

My aunt lives up there in Sandy Hook as a school nurse. She actually works at that elementary school. I'm very glad to hear she is ok. She wasn't scheduled to work today. She was working at another school today. My uncle told me that her school was on lockdown as soon as the word was put out. He was really saddened by what happened as am I.

I will be most definitely praying for all the families involved. So horrible...

tadpole

It's definitely an horrific tragedy but there's so much speculation about this and the news medias all have conflicting reports..I'll just wait until the real facts come out. My sincere condolences to all those that lost their loved ones in senseless and heinous act.

Kottage Kat

Praying for all

Cliff Cannon

How can anyone intentionally hurt a child ?

richrs

Cliff,
They have no soul.

Cliff Cannon

@richrs: Thank-you very much. You've brought some sense to the senseless

Dr. Information

After yet another horrific school shooting and the killing of many innocent people, now may be the time for many schools across this nation to train those teachers willing in the handling of handguns. Also on top of that, have several guns located in different rooms of each school that would be readily accessible by those trained teachers.

I dont think it would be overreacting at all by doing this. Its just preparing because unfortunately, this stuff is happening more and more and it will happen again.