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.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 14, 2012
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
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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:
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 a gunman had entered the building.
"My daughter's teacher is my hero," Lebinski said. "She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."
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:
Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.
Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.
According to the Newtown Bee, all Newtown schools are on lockdown.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said the schools were placed on lockdown the morning of Friday, December 14, "until we hear what is going on there."
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