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UPDATE: CT School Shooting: Mediator: Mom Didn't Like to Leave Gunman Alone

UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 2:27 p.m.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A mediator who worked with Adam Lanza's parents during their divorce in 2009 says his mother said she didn't like to leave him alone and that his parents went out of their way to accommodate him.

Lanza killed his mother before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning and killing 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

Marriage therapist Paula Levy recalled Monday that during about 10 two-hour sessions, Nancy and Peter Lanza were respectful of each other and concerned about their son's needs. She says the couple told her Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-like disorder, and they spent considerable time talking about how to provide for his well-being.

Levy says the Lanzas agreed how to divide caretaking responsibilities and as a result said little about Adam's problems.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 1:26 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The bodies of two young boys killed in last week's school shootings are being taken to their resting places.

The first funerals were held Monday for 6-year-old Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Jack was a big New York Giants fan, and Noah liked to figure out how things worked mechanically.

Family, friends and townspeople streamed out of two funeral homes after the services.

In front of Noah's, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, white flowers and a single red rose at the base of a maple tree.

At Jack's service, hymns rang out from inside.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 12:35 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The first two funerals for victims of last week's school shooting are under way in Connecticut.

Six-year-old Jack Pinto was a big New York Giants fan. Noah Pozner was the same age and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically.

Family, friends and townspeople streamed to two funeral homes Monday. In front of one where relatives were mourning Noah, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, a bouquet of white flowers and a single red rose at the base of a maple tree.

At Jack's service, hymns rang out from inside the funeral home.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 9:40 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A friend of the mother of the man who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school says guns were simply a hobby for her.

John Bergquist told NBC's "Today" show on Monday that Nancy Lanza loved the arts and culture and that shooting was one of her hobbies, and that she was not a survivalist.

Nancy Lanza was found dead in her bed on Friday, shot four times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

Another friend, Ellen Adriani, told the "Today" show that Lanza was a devoted mother.

She says Nancy Lanza always made herself available to Adam and his needs. She says he came first with his mother.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 9:05 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities say the Connecticut elementary school where a gunman shot to death 26 people will be closed indefinitely while the crime is investigated.

State police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday at a news conference that it could be months before police turn the school in Newtown, Conn., back over to the district.

Police say other schools in Newtown will reopen Tuesday. The children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shootings took place Friday, are expected to go to classes at a different school, but police say they won't be going to classes yet.

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot to death 26 people at Sandy Hook on Friday, including 20 children, then killed himself.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 8:43 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Newly public divorce paperwork shows that the mother of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza had the authority to make all decisions regarding his upbringing.

The court papers were made public Monday. The divorce was finalized in September 2009, when Adam Lanza was 17.

Lanza killed his mother before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning and killing 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

His parents married in June 1981 in Kingston, N.H. The file says their marriage broke down "irretrievably" and that there was no possibility of getting back together.

The divorce agreement gave Nancy Lanza $265,000 in alimony last year. It makes no mention of any mental health issues regarding Adam Lanza.

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UPDATED Sunday, December 16, 2012 --- 8:10 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A mournful President Barack Obama said Sunday that the nation is failing to keep its children safe, pledging that change must come after an elementary-school massacre left 20 children dead.

"What choice do we have?" Obama said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?"

In a vigil for the fallen, in a moment of grief that spread around the world, Obama conceded that none of his words would match the sorrow. But he declared to the community of Newtown: "You are not alone."

For Obama, ending his fourth year in office, it was another sorrowful visit to another community in disbelief. It is the job of the president to be there, to listen and console, to offer help even when the only thing within his grasp is a hug.

The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday elicited horror around the world, soul-searching in the United States, fresh political debate about gun control and questions about the incomprehensible -- what drove the suspect to act.

Privately, Obama told Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy that Friday was the most difficult day of his presidency.
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UPDATED Saturday, December 15, 2012 --- 2:55 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A medical examiner says all the victims of the Connecticut school shooting were killed up close by multiple rifle shots.

Dr. H. Wayne Carver said at a news conference Saturday the deaths are classified as homicides. He says he believes "everybody was hit more than once."

Friday's massacre of 26 children and adults at the elementary school has elicited horror and soul-searching around the world.

Investigators are trying to learn more about 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza. They've questioned his older brother, who's not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in prosperous Newtown, 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Hundreds of people in the tight-knit community packed a church Friday in a vigil for the victims, including 20 children. Monsignor Robert Weiss says these were "just beautiful, beautiful children."
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Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2012 -- 4:30 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities in Newtown, Conn. are trying to learn everything they can about Adam Lanza in an effort to figure out what set him on a path leading to the massacre of 26 children and adults at an elementary school.

Police, so far, have shed no light on a possible motive for the nation's second-deadliest school shooting.

The 20-year-old gunman, who also killed his mother and himself, was described by some as brilliant but remote. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was not clear that Lanza had a job.

A law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation says Lanza is believed to have suffered from a personality disorder and lived with his mother in a well-to-do part of prosperous Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions. Lanza's parents filed for divorce in 2008.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 7:04 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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- AP source: In mass shootings, son killed his mother at their home, then went on school rampage.

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OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Sikh (seek) temple that was the target of an August attack is expressing condolences over the Connecticut school shooting.

A statement released Friday says the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin is sending its "best intention and energy" to the parents of the children and the victims' families.

In August, a white supremacist killed a half-dozen people at the Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee before killing himself.

Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was among the Sikhs killed, says he can "feel the pain" that the families are going through.

In the statement, Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, says Sikhs are "heartbroken today."

He appealed to all Sikh places of worship to hold candlelight vigils and to offer prayers for the families this weekend.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 4:26 p.m.

Statement of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on Connecticut School Shooting

It is difficult to express the sorrow and pain surrounding the news of today’s tragedy. The unimaginable happened to kind, ordinary people, many of them children, sending fear into the hearts of loving families all over the world including our own.

For those who died there is no tomorrow to experience the richness of life. For their families, every tomorrow is filled with pain and grief.
Let us remember that too many children die every day from anger and brutality.

Every child matters; every adult matters.

Let us turn to building safe schools, safe homes, and safe neighborhoods.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 3:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says the Connecticut school shooting is a tragedy.

Walker paused to acknowledge the shooting during a Madison ceremony Friday to honor Wisconsin utility workers who traveled to the Northeast to help make repairs in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Walker told reporters after the ceremony the death toll, in his words, "takes your breath away."

He says his thoughts and prayers are with the people of Connecticut. He says he called Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy's office to offer condolences but Malloy was in a meeting and he talked with the governor's staff.

Walker, a Republican, says he doesn't want to jump to conclusions about what could be done to prevent future mass shootings, saying it's time to focus on the victims.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's top education official is offering prayers and support to victims of the Connecticut school shooting and their families.

Department of Public Instruction Secretary Tony Evers says he's keeping all the students, parents and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in his heart and prayers.

Evers condemns the shooting as a "senseless act of violence" and says the community of Newtown has been changed forever.

Evers says these are difficult times for parents and schoolchildren everywhere, including Wisconsin. He says people must support and care for their children as they hear about the tragedy and try to understand something that is "incomprehensible and senseless."

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 3:20 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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 3:14 p.m.

Statement of State Superintendent Tony Evers on the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement of condolence and support to the community of Newtown, Conn., as it deals with the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.“

“My heart and prayers go out to victims of this tragic shooting and their families. Also in my heart and prayers are all the students, parents, and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. For them and for the whole community of Newtown, I offer our support as they cope with the aftermath of this senseless act of violence. Their lives and their community have been changed forever."

“These will be difficult times for parents and school children everywhere, including in Wisconsin. We must support and care for our children as they hear about this tragedy and try to understand that which is incomprehensible and senseless.”

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 2:56 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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 2:30 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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 2:28 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner has ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol lowered because of the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school that claimed 26 victims, including 18 children.

In a tweet, the Ohio Republican said he issued the order "in tribute to families and victims" at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The killings appeared to be the second deadliest school massacre in the country's history, with only the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech claiming more victims -- 32 plus the gunman.

A law enforcement official said the gunman shot himself to death.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 2:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and that his younger brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter. The law enforcement official says the boys' mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher.

The official also said Ryan Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the suspect is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 1:42 p.m.

From NBCnews.com

A teacher's son clad in black and carrying two handguns rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 18 small children and seven adults, including his mother, in the nation’s second-worst school massacre, law enforcement officials said.

The gunman, identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, was also found dead at the scene, a federal law enforcement official said. Lanza's mother is a kindergarten teacher at the Newtown school.

A second person is in custody for a possible connection to the shooting.

Some young survivors -- all under age 10 -- described the terror of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a massive police response that included SWAT officers going room to room to search for victims.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," a student told NBC Connecticut. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse.”

Authorities in the small bedroom community 60 miles from New York City were alerted to the unfolding carnage by a 911 call around 9:30 a.m. and then reached out to state police and neighboring police departments for help.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said troopers who responded fanned out across the school and searched “every door, every crack, every crevice” of the building.

He said only that they found “several fatalities,” including the shooter, at the scene.

The 600-student school goes up to the fourth grade. The Hartford Courant, citing unnamed sources, said many of the victims were in a kindergarten classroom.

After the search was over, children and staff were escorted to a staging area outside where they were reunited with panicked loved ones over the next few hours.

Brenda Lebinski, mother of a third-grader, called the scene “horrendous.”

“Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied,'' she said, according to Reuters.

One parent picking up his 7-year-old son said the shooting was “the most terrifying moment a parent can imagine” and described the anguish of waiting to find out if his son was a victim and then running to his child.

“It was the greatest relief in my existence,” the father said. “I’m just happy that my kid’s OK.”

Bracing for a large influx of wounded, Danbury Hospital went on lockdown and cleared four trauma rooms. It received only three patients, including a teacher shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported.

The motive for the shooting was unknown, and the gunman’s name was not released.

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Dienst. The Associated Press said one of the guns was a.223-caliber rifle.

The FBI was on the scene, assisting with the investigation. “There is a great deal of search warrant activity…in and out of the state,” Vance said, without giving specifics.

Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy was meeting with families near Sandy Hook.

“As you can imagine, the governor is horrified by what’s happened,” said aide Roy Occhiogrosso.

President Obama was told of the shooting at 10:30 a.m.

"I can just tell you that as a father, incidents like these weigh heavily on him, and I think everyone who has children and can imagine the enormous suffering that accompanies an event like this,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

The death toll is the highest from a school shooting in U.S. history since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999.

Parent Stephen Delgiadice, whose 8-year-old daughter was not hurt, said he never could have imagined such bloodshed in the quiet town, where the police force has only three detectives.

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

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 1:26 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Saying his state still has painful memories from the mass April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, the governor extended his sympathies to Connecticut following an elementary school massacre.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said his thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

An official tells The Associated Press that 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

O'Donnell says the memories of the Tech shootings have never faded in Virginia and the state continues to grieve for those slain by a lone gunman on the Blacksburg campus. The gunman also killed himself, leaving 33 dead in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 1:02 p.m.

From NBCnews.com

A young man clad in black and carrying two handguns shot up an elementary school in a small Connecticut town on Friday, leaving 18 small children and eight adults dead in one the nation’s worst school massacres, law enforcement officials said.

The gunman, described as a 20-year-old man from Connecticut, was later found dead, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News. A second person was in custody for a possible connection to the shooting, NBC’s Pete William reported.

Students – mostly under age 10 -- described the terror that gripped Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown when the rampage began around 9:30 a.m., sparking a massive police response that included SWAT officers going room to room to search for victims.

The Hartford Courant, citing unnamed sources, said many of the victims were in a kindergarten classroom.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," one student told NBC Connecticut. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents."

Dozens of emergency vehicles from across Fairfield County raced to the 600-student school, along with panicked parents hoping to be reunited with their children.

“It was horrendous,'' Brenda Lebinski, mother of a third-grader, said at the scene.``Everyone was in hysterics -- parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied,'' she said, according to Reuters.

One parent picking up his young son said the shooting was “the most terrifying moment a parent can imagine.” He described the anguish of waiting to find out if his son was a victim and then running to his child.

“It was the greatest relief in my existence,” the father said. “I’m just happy that my kid’s OK.”

Bracing for a large influx of wounded, Danbury Hospital went on lockdown and cleared four trauma rooms. It received only three patients, including a teacher shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported.

The motive for the shooting was unknown, and the gunman’s name was not released.

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst. The Associated Press said one of the guns was a.223-caliber rifle.

The FBI was on the scene, assisting with the investigation.

President Obama was told of the shooting at 10:30 a.m.

"I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does, and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

The death toll is the highest from a school shooting in U.S. history since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999.
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Parent Stephen Delgiadice, whose 8-year-old daughter was not hurt, said he never could have imagined such carnage in the small bedroom community – where the police force has only three detectives.

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

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 12:31 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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 12:21 p.m.

From NBCnews.com

Twenty-six people were killed, including 18 children, when a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, a law enforcement official said.

The gunman, who is dead, was a 20-year-old from Connecticut, an official said. He was wearing all black and was carrying two 9mm handguns.

The incident sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," one student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown told NBC Connecticut during its live broadcast. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents."

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst.

Three people were taken to nearby Danbury Hospital, a spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. She would not elaborate on the ages of the victims or their conditions.

One of those taken to the hospital was a teacher who had been shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported, citing a dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The Newtown Bee reported that one child, apparently wounded, was carried from the scene by a police officer.

In a photo taken by the Bee, crying students could be seen being escorted from the school by police. They were taken to a nearby fire station where their parents were picking them up.

A third-grader, Alexis Wasik, told the Hartford Courant that police checked students and staffers before they were escorted to the fire station.

"We had to walk with a partner," she said.

NBC Connecticut reported that the entire school district was in lockdown.

At Sandy Hook, police, ATF and FBI agents were going room to room searching the school.

President Obama was notified about the shooting and continues to receive updates, according to a White House official.

Newtown is about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City.

The K-4 school has about 600 students.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 11:57 a.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.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 11:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning.

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president was first informed about the incident by his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Carney says Obama will continue to receive regular updates throughout the day.

Carney would not confirm any details about the shooting.

The White House says the FBI is supporting state and local law enforcement officials in Connecticut as they respond to and investigate the incident.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 11:48 a.m.

From NBCnews.com:

Many school children were shot, perhaps at least 20, two officials told NBC News, when a gunman burst into a Connecticut school Friday morning. The alleged gunman was later found dead, an official said of the shooting incident that sent crying children spilling into the parking lot.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," one student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown told NBC Connecticut during its live broadcast. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents."

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst. The official had no information whether any children were hurt.

Three people were taken to nearby Danbury Hospital, a spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. She would not elaborate on the ages of the victims or their conditions.

One of those taken to the hospital was a teacher who had been shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported, citing a dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The Newtown Bee reported that one child, apparently wounded, was carried from the scene by a police officer.

In a photo taken by the Bee, crying students could be seen being escorted from the school by police. They were taken to a nearby fire station where their parents were picking them up.

A third-grader, Alexis Wasik, told the Hartford Courant that police checked students and staffers before they were escorted to the fire station.

"We had to walk with a partner," she said.

NBC Connecticut reported that the entire school district was in lockdown.

At Sandy Hook, police, ATF and FBI agents were going room to room searching the school.

Newtown is about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City.

The K-4 school has about 600 students.

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UPDATED Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 11:27 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The father of an 8-year-old girl who goes to a Connecticut elementary school says his daughter heard two big bangs there this morning, and teachers then told her to get in a corner.

Stephen Delgiadice says his daughter is fine -- but students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown were visibly shaken after a shooting at the school today left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded.

A person with knowledge of the shooting says the shooter, who apparently had two guns, was killed. It's not clear how many people were injured. An ambulance dispatcher says a teacher was shot in the foot and taken to Danbury hospital.

Delgiadice says the shooting was "alarming" -- especially in a community that he always considered "the safest place in America."

A photo posted by the Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of children -- some crying, others visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, with their hands on each other's shoulders.

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Posted Friday, December 14, 2012 --- 11:05 a.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman at the center of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way says the man apparently had two guns.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it's unclear whether there are other injuries.

Ambulance surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter flew overhead.

The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.

State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the shooting reports.

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From NBCnews.com:

The alleged gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut is dead, an official told NBC News, and at least three people were hospitalized in the shooting that sent crying children spilling into the parking lot.

Two handguns were recovered from the scene. It was not clear if other adults were injured, the official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst. The official had no information about any children being hurt at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

A spokeswoman for nearby Danbury Hospital told NBC Connecticut that three people were taken there. The spokeswoman would not elaborate on the ages of the victims or their conditions.

One of those taken to the hospital was a teacher who had been shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported, citing a dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The Newtown Bee reported that one child, apparently wounded, was carried from the scene by a police officer.

In a photo taken by the Bee, crying students could be seen being escorted from the school by police. They were taken to a nearby fire station where their parents were picking them up.

NBC Connecticut reported that the entire school district was in lockdown.

Newtown is about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City.

The K-4 school has about 600 students.


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