27 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 this morning after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school.

NEWTOWN, CT -- Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. Another adult was killed at a second location.
The Scene

Police in Newtown were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call Friday morning. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was reportedly armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities said during a press conference that they have retrieved three weapons from the scene.

A parent interviewed on CBS News told the network on Friday that his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming from the principal’s office. Her teacher then immediately locked the classroom door as a safety precaution. A fourth-grade student at Sandy Hook School told Connecticut’s Channel 7 that he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman.

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when the gunman entered the building.

The Shooter and His Family

The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza, attacked the Sandy Hook School where his mother, Nancy Lanza, worked as a kindergarten teacher. Media reports initially identified the shooter as Adam's 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. 

Nancy was found dead in her Newtown home. According to reports, the shooting took place in her classroom. Eighteen children were killed at the scene, while two were taken to the hospital where they later died. The school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, also was among the six adults killed. 

National Response

The shooting, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, has once again touched a nerve about the country’s gun violence.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama visibly wept, saying "We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

The president also said “our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. For as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early."

Brian L. December 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Such a smart guy you are, and so friendly as well. I guess I was wrong and you didn't want to chat anymore. I still love you jeff.
Brian L. December 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Jeff, chatting with you is like chatting to a middle aged child. I don't expect you take what I put as blind truth, which is why I link to my stats so you can look at them and decide if you believe them or not. You're even getting mad after I said that there was some staggering numbers on there that I wanted to look at more. I'm not ripping on it because it doesn't agree with me, I'm ripping on how the extrapolate some of the data they use. Not all of it by any means, but using survey results and saying they are fact doesn't work. If surveys were 100% accurate than Romney would have been president now according to a few of them. You have to take surveys with a grain a salt. You see, what I'm doing is looking for common ground and somewhere to meet in the middle. What you're doing is telling me it's only black or white and I'm a moron/prostitute/America Hater/idiot...anything else?. Guns or no guns. That's just not true. I'm telling you jeff. Just relax. You can pretend we're on the school bus where the other children laugh at your 6th grade insults all you want, but it's just a message board for people to give and discuss their opinions. I said it once before, but when you're ready to act like the accomplished adult that you say you are, I'd love to keep chatting.
jeff December 21, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Brian, You analyze everything anyone has ever posted on here you get off on it somehow. You even tell people what to do with their kids now! Im not surprised you want to get involved with that seeing is how your not allowed to be with in 500 ft of a school.
jeff December 21, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Aww poor Brian your mad again.
Brian L. December 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Your posts are getting more enigmatic. Are you trying to imply that I have been arrested for inappropriate actions with children? That's quite the serious accusation and extremely inappropriate, but I would expect nothing less from you. I have no reason to believe that you aren't what you say you are, but I'm amazed that you had a business in 50 states and however many countries when you treat people like this. Maybe you aren't this polite in person...who knows. Your comments insulting everything about me here aren't going to make me sad, won't make my opinion invalid, and won't make you a "real man." It's online chatter and you just sound like a bitter person who can't accept that someone else isn't lock step with him. But you should be careful throwing around your childish insults. Not everyone will read your comments with a smile and write them off as childish drivel like I do. You might actually push someone over the tipping point. You don't want to change gun culture, and that's fine. You've had some valid points but you should work on changing other things instead. Politeness goes a long way. So jeff, still love ya, have yourself a merry Christmas and a great New Year. (ps...keep in mind that it is OK to proofread your insults.)


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