Dec. 14, 2012 / 10:43 AM /
Updated Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM
UPDATES: 27 dead in shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
By KATE STANTON, UPI.com
President Barack Obama delivers remarks in response to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left at least 26 students and adults dead, at the White House in Washington on December 14, 2012. UPI/Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool | License Photo
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.
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
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