Update: 20 Children, 7 Adults Dead after CT School Shooting

A gunman shoots staff, children at a Newtown (CT) elementary school.

Updated: The death toll is 20 children and six adults at the school and one adult at a separate location. Police in Newtown are declining to identify the gunman, saying the investigation continues.

Earlier, from Newtown Patch:

Citing sources, the Associated Press is reporting the gunman who rampaged through the Sandy Hook Elementary School was armed with four guns including a high-powered rifle and is believed to have shot and killed 27 people including 18 children.

Investigators have identified the gunman “as a man in his 20s from Connecticut and they are searching his father’s home in New Jersey,” according to WABC Channel 7. The hometown was not immediately identified. According to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said the gunman was found dead inside the school.

WPIX Channel 11 is reporting that a second suspect is in custody and being questioned by police.

Meanwhile, Friday afternoon distraught parents continued to wait to be reunited with their children. Gov. Dannel Malloy went to meet with parents rather than attend a brief press conference that concluded just before 1:45 p.m. Authorities said much information will not be released until the relatives of the victims are notified.

Channel 7 also is reporting the President Obama has telephone Malloy to express condolences and to offer any federal assistance needed in the investigation of the shooting that was first reported to Newtown Police just before 9:30 a.m. Friday.

A fourth-grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School said  he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman. In an interview with Channel 7, the student said, “the police came  and …. We ran to the firehouse.”

Updated 1:25 p.m.

Press conference is still at least an hour away, an official just told Patch.

Updated 1:20 p.m.

The community is in "sheer shock." Read our interviews with Newtown residents as they try to make sense of the violence.

Updated 1:00 p.m.

Citing an anonymous official "with knowledge" the Associated Press is reporting 27 people dead including 18 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The shooter is believed to be a single adult and is now dead.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is in Newtown and a press conference set for 1 p.m. but hasn't yet begun. Patch is there. 

Original Story

Officials in Newtown say they're trying to reunite parents with their children in the wake of a shocking multiple shooting at an elementary school in the town’s Sandy Hook neighborhood.

First Selectman Pat Llodra told Patch that there is no information being released about the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — only confirming that there was a shooting.

"I'm horrified, saddened and shocked that this happened in Newtown," Llodra said. "Our priorities right now are making sure everyone safe and reuniting parents with their children."

A reverse 911 call went out to all Newtown public school parents, NBC is reporting. Parents are converging all around the school seeking information about their children.

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.

Lebinski said that she had spoken to her daughter's teacher as well as a volunteer who was in the school at the time of the shooting, and that a masked gunman had shot adults in the school.

"My daughter's teacher is my hero," Lebinski said. "She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."

According to Lebinski, the school had been on lockdown but police started leading out children and faculty members by class, and several children had blood on their clothing as they were led out. It isn't clear how many kids are still inside the school. Parents continue to surround the area, seeking news of their children.

Christine Wilford, a parent of a seven-year-old boy at the school, told Patch that her son was out of the school and safe with her husband. A woman standing next to Wilford burst into tears, saying her own son was still inside.

Danbury Hospital has confirmed to TV reporters that three patients have been transported by ambulance.

The Hartford Courant is reporting multiple injured parties, saying a shooter had been in the building’s main office and an individual in one area had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.

State police reported shortly after 12 p.m. that officials from the state Medical Examiner's Office were en route to the scene.

At a fire station near the school that's serving as a staging area, a woman was being wheeled on a gurney as a helicopter circled overhead and armed officials from multiple state and federal agencies moved beyond a cordoned-off area swarmed by parents. Dozens of parents could be seen walking to the school as motor vehicle traffic snarled the area of Dickinson Drive.

Marilyn Gudsnuk, 52, of nearby Southbury said she heard 10 to 12 gunshots around 9:40 a.m. Gudsnuk, who attended the elementary school herself as a childhood, said she is taking care of a 91-year-old resident who lives across the street from the school.

"I took off running into the house," she said. "I didn't know what was happening. It was scary."

Asked whether she imagined a shooting could happen at her former school, Gudsnuk said, "Never in a million years."

"I just pray for these people," she said. "The anguish they are goin gthrough. And all because someone's not right in the head."

One man who identified himself as a cable worker and declined to give his name, told Patch that he was up on a utility pole at the time of the shooting. When he heard shots, the man said he thought they it was hunters, but then in a few minutes emergency response vehicles sped beneath his ladder.

Newtown Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

jenny December 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
What the hello is wrong with people. Why do they have to shoot children. Why don't they just either get some help or just shoot them self .
Kevin December 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"The worst mass school murder in American history took place on May 18,1927 in Bath Township, Mich., when a former school board member set off three bombs that killed 45 people." Those sick individuals have been around forever...
King Jarvis IV December 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Kids? Kids? What cowards. I heard a government official say that there was no "nexis" to terrorism. Really? Ask any parent if they are not at least vicariously terrorized. These ARE domestic suicide attacks, only stateside. Do zenophobes and everybody else who fear monger and look at folks darker then themselves now point those other three fingers and thumb toward themselves?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Pres. Obama has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-shooting-newtown-connecticut?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
Scott Yeager December 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
"Those sick individuals have been around forever..." So there is no need to talk about violence in our society or guns.
King Jarvis IV December 14, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Apparently, when these acts occur, mostly by Anglos, the perpetrators are labeled as mentally deficient, yet gang bangers are often referred to as evil. Evil is evil. Soon we will see first responders referred to as heroes. Not. Those teachers, whose college education did not prepare them for this, are the real heroes IMHO. Imagine that all firearms were banned. No one in his right mind would think that hunters, sportsmen, or homeboys in the 'hood would be convinced to turn in their arms. HRM
Jeffrey Wright December 14, 2012 at 09:53 PM
No words can describe how disgusted I am with people who harm or kill innocent children ...... It's beyond me
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 14, 2012 at 09:57 PM
What a sad day for America. Guess the liberal social experiment is not working.
Nicholas Claymore Watter December 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I see absolutely no correlation in your statement regarding "the liberal social experiment" in regards to this terrible incident. Could you please clarify? What happened today is heinous and should not be used as a reason to spout intellectually decrepit nonsense.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Ya Nicholas To soon to know if this guy just snaped Or if there were warning signs.
Scott Yeager December 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
What in the world are you talking about? Absurd statement.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Looks like there where signs this guy was one sick puppy.Did someone give him a pass? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/live-updates-newtown-ct-school-shooting/
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
More sad School news China had a school incident to http://www.courant.com/sns-rt-us-china-stabbingsbre8bd065-20121213,0,5592318.story
Alex Shantz December 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Yeah! The problem with our society are the free passes given to the mentally ill. Its not that terrible healthcare coverage, lack of mental health services, and general social stigma attached to mental illness itself. No, lets use today as an excuse to spout a your reactionary right wing agenda. You display no concern or compassion toward others.
Frank Navarro December 15, 2012 at 03:39 AM
The guy still has Romney as his default Patch photo. What more needs to be said? ... Other than that he lives vicariously through a photo of a governor who was not elected as president this year and for very good reason: one reason being that he makes insensitive comments at the worst imaginable times. He seeks to be the elephant in the room no matter how he gets there. In the end, it only makes him a jackass. Ironic.
Nicholas Claymore Watter December 15, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I sometimes wonder if this is all an act Michael. Every single comment you post is so utterly absurd I find it hard to believe it is real.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 15, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I am shocked and wait patiently for the story to unfold as the investigation continues. So many questions. So much hurt, so much love.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 15, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Alex and Nicholas, remember that kid in second grade who couldn't sit still or shut up and was always in trouble? That's Republican Kid. Give him a pass, he has Social Media Tourettes.
Krusty December 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Must be their liberal social experiment.
King Jarvis IV December 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
It is nice to know that at least one of our posters goes deep into FRIDAY night in denial. EVIL people do evil deeds. Lay off the merlot. HRM
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Should we profile the mentally ill? Or the young with autistic disorder? Adam Lanza is now reported to have had autistic disorder. Where do We go from here as a free society? Do we ban guns? Kepping in mind the 3 guns used, are reported to have been legally registered to the suspects own family. None of us here in this comments section, will know what it was like to go home. To see your kids wrapped gifts under the tree. Knowing they will not be the for the big day. That they waited for all year that was so close. Such a sad day in history
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Dem. lawmaker: To get gun control, We must ‘exploit’ shooting and you call Republicans Evil http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/14/dem-lawmaker-get-gun-control-obama-must-exploit-sh/
sam oliva December 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
jarvis william peay? nicholas claymore watter?......lol..... a bit formal doncha think? samuel christopher oliva
Mary Richardson December 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
We teach them not to tease the dog, not to run with scissors, not to dart out in the street, and then we send them to school, and they don't come home. Tragic!
Mark Mathews December 15, 2012 at 08:33 PM
If only ONE of those teachers had been armed, but no...
Mark Mathews December 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Mike, Progressives ARE evil - look a their millions of slaughtered children visavis Roe VS. Wade.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 15, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Mark Mathews December 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
How are those common sense gun laws working for us? Nearly twenty THOUSAND on the books, and yet this STILL happened. How are those gun-free school zones working as well? In spite of posted warnings, this STILL happened. How many innocent unborn children were killed on the same day? Judging by the 2010 statistics of Planned Parenthood of 329,445, it would be approximately 108, or over three times that of this shooting. Mad now? How many innocent people were killed on our roads during the same time? According to one statistic, it was 32,885, or approximately 91, three times the number of this shooting. Any outcry over banning the wheel? The selective outrage of those making the world a better place for satanic progressivism is so obvious anymore. What is missing from the story is the lack of Jesus in the shooter’s life.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Steve, thanks for posting that link. As one Tweet put it: “Sources tell us WRONG NAME killed WRONG # of kids for SPECULATIVE reason. Now let's talk to this traumatized 7yr old”


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