A shooting took place Friday morning at an elementary school on Dickinson Drive in Newtown, Conn. The alleged gunman was originally identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. But new information states that Adam Lanza is the deceased shooter.
According to an update from Connecticut police, 20 children were shot and killed -- 18 died at the school and another two died at the hospital. Seven adults died, including the shooter. Another person was found dead at a secondary location.
10:00pm: For continued updates, visit UPI.com's main story here.
5:52pm: Temporary morgue set up outside Sandy Hook:
4:59pm: Impromptu vigil begins outside the White House:
Bigger crowd now twitter.com/daveweigel/sta…— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 14, 2012
Photo: Flag lowered to half-staff at the White House, in honor of victims of elementary school shooting twitter.com/CBSThisMorning…— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 14, 2012
4:31pm: According to the New York Post and CBS News, the shooter's name is Adam Lanza, 20, originally ID'd as Ryan. Lanza targeted his mother's classroom at Sandy Hook and used a .223-caliber assault rifle and two handguns.
4:03pm: CNN, CBS unsure that the shooter's name is Ryan Lanza, as originally reported. Shooter could have been carrying his brother's ID.
President Barack Obama got emotional in a televised statement to the nation, saying that "As a country, we have been through this too many times."
In honor of the victims, Obama earlier released this proclamation ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff.
UPDATE: Lanza apparently targeted his mother & her classroom. Most of shooting occurred in that one classroom, Lanza’s mother is among dead— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 14, 2012
Alleged #Newtown shooter identified by CNN as Ryan Lanza. NBC News reports shooter's parent found dead in NJ— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) December 14, 2012
CBS now says 14 children dead rather than 18. We should assume these numbers will continue to fluctuate. #newtown— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) December 14, 2012
NBC's Pete Williams reports there is a second person in custody in connection with the Newtown school shootingbit.ly/Xm2Lri— NBC Connecticut (@NBCConnecticut) December 14, 2012
CBS affiliate says they've confirmed the principle of Sandy Hook elem has been killed. Just named her publicly for the first time.— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) December 14, 2012
#Newtown Gunman 20 years old, dead. Found with two weapons on him.— Liz Dahlem (@lizdahlemNBCct) December 14, 2012
A good ending for at least one family today at Sandy Hook Elementary where 27 were killed today twitter.com/AngryJohnnie/s…— JW (@AngryJohnnie) December 14, 2012
Parents hug near Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting this morning. twitter.com/AngryJohnnie/s…— JW (@AngryJohnnie) December 14, 2012
Source says shooter went from classroom to classroom shooting students and adults. #newtown— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) December 14, 2012
state police source indicates this could be worst school shooting in US history. One whole classroom unaccounted for. #Newtown— Dave Altimari (@davealtimari) December 14, 2012
CONFIRMED: sources say children are among the dead #newtown— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) December 14, 2012
Via Newtown Patch:
The dead gunman was heavily armed, multiple weapons when he entered school, unclear how many shots were fired. #Newtown— Dave Altimari (@davealtimari) December 14, 2012
Gov. Malloy just concluded a conference call w/ federal officials offering to provide any assistance the state needs. #Newtown— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) December 14, 2012
#Newtown update: A witness told News 8 she saw 1 child had a bloody face, another with a hand injury. Still nothing confirmed by police.— WTNH News 8 (@WTNH) December 14, 2012
Three people were transported from the Newtown school by ambulance to Danbury Hospital.— NBC Connecticut (@NBCConnecticut) December 14, 2012
state police say one shooter is dead, earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed #Newtown— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) December 14, 2012
Via the Hartford Courant:
According to the Newtown Bee, all Newtown schools are on lockdown.