Conn. police: 27 killed in school shooting, including gunman and 20 kids; 1 dead at 2nd scene

By: CBS News, The Associated Press
By: CBS News, The Associated Press
The scene of the school shooting in Connecticut. (MGN ONLINE)

The scene of the school shooting in Connecticut. (MGN ONLINE)

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

7:54 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Police aren't say what may have motivated a man to open fire inside two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school today, but a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation says the gunman was believed to suffer from a personality disorder.

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed in the shooting rampage before the gunman shot and killed himself. Police say another adult was found dead at a second location.

A law enforcement official has identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. The official says Lanza killed his mother at their home before driving his mother's car to the school.

Police say the killer carried two handguns into the school, while a rifle was found in the back of a car. They say the shootings took place in two classrooms, but they are not providing details on exactly how it unfolded.

Students and their parents describe teachers locking doors and ordering the children to huddle in classroom corners or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building. Authorities said the shootings took place in two nearby classrooms, but they gave no details on exactly how they unfolded.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

6:25 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The man suspected of gunning down more than two dozen people in a small town in Connecticut is the son of a teacher at the elementary school where the killings occurred, and his mother is presumed to be among the dead.

Police say Adam Lanza apparently drove to his mother's school carrying two handguns and a .223-caliber rifle and carried out the massacre. Law enforcement officials are trying to learn as much as possible about the 20-year-old and questioning his older brother, who is not believed to have any involvement in the rampage.

So far, authorities have not spoken publicly of any possible motive.

Several neighbors of the Lanzas in Sandy Hook, a community about 60 miles northeast of New York City, said they knew little about the family.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

6:05 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation of the Connecticut school massacre says the brother of the gunman has been "extremely cooperative" and is not under arrest.

The official tells The Associated Press that Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., is still be being questioned but is not in custody and is not believed to have any connection to the school killings.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

The official says Ryan Lanza's computers and phone records were being searched but only "in an abundance of caution." He says Ryan told authorities he had not been in touch with his brother in recent years.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

5:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House spokesman says this isn't the day for a discussion about gun control.

Jay Carney was responding to reporters' questions on that issue, and President Barack Obama's campaign promises on gun control, in the aftermath of today's deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The president himself signaled a desire for action, but he wasn't specific. Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times." He said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

During his time in office, mass shootings have shaken communities in Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado.

Although the White House isn't getting into the issue of gun control today, others are. Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York said in a statement, "If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don't know when is."

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

4:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

The first official says Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

4:15 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Police say 27 people were killed in the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, including the gunman, and one person died at another scene.

The dead at the school include 20 children.

The gunman opened fire Friday morning inside a school where his mother worked. He blasted his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.

The gunman killed himself. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says someone who lived with him also died.

Young students crying and looking frightened were escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line after the shots rang out in Newtown, 60 miles northeast of New York City.

The attack comes less than two weeks before Christmas and appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

4 p.m.

From The Associated Press: "Police: 27 killed at school, including gunman and 20 children; 1 dead at 2nd scene."

3:40 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tearful President Barack Obama says the country's leaders must "take meaningful action" regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The president teared up, at times using an index finger to wipe at the corner of his eyes, as he addressed the nation from the White House. He also paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children -- ages 5 to 10 -- who had died and the life milestones they now would miss.

He said, quote, "Our hearts are broken."

Shortly before speaking, Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

1:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.

The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, said by an official in Connecticut to have left 27 dead, including 18 children.

The official in Washington spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

1: 24 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- There's been a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut -- where an official says 27 people have died, including 18 children.

Another official says the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed. The official says the shooter apparently had two guns.

Frantic parents rushed to the school to check on their children. One man says his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs, and teachers told her to get in a corner. The daughter was fine.

A woman says it was "the happiest moment" of her life when she found her own 8-year-old daughter safe.

The 17-year-old brother of a 9-year-old girl at the school says he raced to the school, and found she was OK. He says his sister heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. The teen says teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.

A photo in the Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students being escorted through a parking lot by adults. Some were crying, and others looked visibly frightened.

The school superintendent's office in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, says the district locked down all of the schools in the town. Schools in neighboring communities were also locked down.

The White House says President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

1 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, says the gunman is among the dead.

The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.

State police say Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond.

Photos from the scene showed young students -- some crying, others looking visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

12:50 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left several children and the gunman dead, law enforcement sources tell CBS News. At least one teacher was wounded in the shooting that sent frightened pupils into the parking lot.

It is unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News senior correspondent John Miller that preliminary and unconfirmed information indicates that the shooter was the father of a student.

The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

t wasn't clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV reports around 600 students attend the school.

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance described the situation to CBS New York station WCBS-AM as a "very serious school shooting."

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.

Lisa Bailey, a Newtown resident with three children in Newtown schools, told CBSNewYork.com, "Newtown is a quiet town. I'd never expect this to happen here. It's so scary. Your kids are not safe anywhere."

The superintendent's office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.

State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m.

A photo posted by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students — some crying, others looking visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

Students were taken to a nearby firehouse to be reunited with their parents, CBSNewYork.com reports.

(Copyright 2012, CBS News)


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