28 Dead In Connection With Shooting At Connecticut School
Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Dec. 14, 2012, in this picture provided by the Newtown Bee. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee)
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP/NewsChannel5) - Police said 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. Officials said 18 children were pronounced dead at the school. Two others were transported to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Police said 6 adults were killed at the school. An adult who lived with the shooter was also found dead inside the home where the two lived.
Investigators identified the victim as the gunman's mother. They said the suspect killed the woman before driving to the school.
At least one teacher was wounded.
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.
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.
A tearful President Barack Obama said 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.
A law enforcement official said the suspect was 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official said the man's mother, Nancy Lanza, was presumed dead.
Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., was being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.
The official said Adam Lanza was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports said some of Nancy Garza's students were also among those killed and wounded.
Law enforcement sources told Miller the gunman apparently drove to the school from New Jersey.
Miller reported authorities have gone into a home connected with the individual in custody after seeing what appeared to be a body inside.
Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told reporters at an afternoon news conference that police found the gunman deceased inside the school.
The shooting appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
Parents flooded to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children in the wake of the shooting. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.
A photo taken by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students - some crying, others looking visibly frightened - being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.
Students and staff were among the victims, state police Lt. Paul Vance said a brief news conference. He also said the gunman was dead inside the school, but he refused to say how people were killed.
Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.
A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that police were searching a location in New Jersey in connection with the shootings. That official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.
A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries.
Mergim Bajraliu, 17, heard the gunshots echo from his home and raced to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was fine, heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.
"Everyone was just traumatized," he said.
Richard Wilford's 7-year-old son, Richie, is in the second grade at the school. His son told him that he heard a noise that "sounded like what he described as cans falling."
The boy told him a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived.
"There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."
The White House said Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and his spokesman Jay Carney said the president had "enormous sympathy for families that are affected."
(The Associated Press and CBS News Interactive contributed to this report.)