The Slaughter at Sandy Hook

628x471 (1)By James Turnage:

12/14/2012. There was a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut, a K thru 4 school. The incident was called in around 9:40 a.m. EST. Not many details had initially been released and fewer confirmed.

The shooting apparently began near the school’s ‘main office’.

The latest update said that the children had been evacuated and taken to a local fire station.

Unconfirmed reports initially said that one person was wounded, and the shooter was dead. The individual who was wounded was thought to be the school principal.

A SWAT team, local and state police, FBI, ATF, and emergency crews are on the scene.

Approximately 11:30 EST a source reported that the shooter was found dead in a classroom, and two handguns have been recovered. The guns were a ‘Glock’ and a ‘Sig Sauer’. It is unknown at this time if the shooter was killed by first responders or if it was due to a self-inflicted wound. The age and sex of the shooter have not been reported. Officers on the scene say it is “very bad”.

Police were seen searching the hills behind the school, causing speculation that there may have been more than one shooter. A car has also been cordoned off, believed to have been driven to the location beside the school by the shooter.

It was around confirmed just before noon that one person was taken to nearby Danbury hospital, and then transported to Bridgeport hospital. That individual is believed to be a teacher who had a bullet wound to the foot, and is stable.

An affiliate television station in the area reported just before noon EST, that there are “multiple fatalities.” Three individuals had been taken to Danbury hospital, and are in ‘serious’ condition. All local elementary schools and Danbury Hospital are on lockdown.

Already one very serious question is being asked. With all elementary school being ‘locked’ facilities, how did the shooter or shooters gain access to the school? Earlier in the year the principal had sent a letter to the parents, informing them of security measures instituted by him. No one would be allowed in the school unless let in by a school staffer. They must sign in and out. The school was to be locked at all times

Approximately 12 noon EST, an eyewitness on the scene talked to a CNN reporter. She was in a meeting about her child and upcoming events for which she was a volunteer. There were about 7 people present. They heard “pop, pop, pop” outside in the hallway. The principal, vice-principal and school psychologist went out into the hallway. She heard more “pops”, and only one crawled back into the room, the vice-principal who was shot in the foot, apparently the teacher who was reported earlier. She says subsequently she heard at least “100 shots”.

Another eyewitness claims to have seen a man face down in the woods, wearing camouflage and a black jacket in handcuffs and placed in the backseat of a police car.

The first confirmation was that three people were dead at the scene, one being a Shooter. The victims were the school principal and the school psychologist.

At 12:45 EST, CBS news reported that there are 27 dead on the scene, 18 of them children.

At 12:51, law enforcement informed the media that “nearly 20 persons have been confirmed dead, 10 of them are children”. A press briefing at 1:40 p.m. EST gave virtually no information about specifics.

It has been reported by those on the scene that the shooter was 24 years old, had 4 weapons, was wearing a bullet proof vest, and was dressed in all black.

The police were seen searching a second vehicle, a mini-van.

Newtown, Connecticut is a community of 27,560 residents, about an hour-and-a-half north of New York City. The school has nearly 700 students, and a staff of 29.

Law enforcement has promised updates later in the day.

There is an epidemic of gun violence in the United States. In the last two years there have been 7 attacks on innocent people. This will be the worst. The children in that school range in age from 5 to 10 years old.

This egregious act of cowardice and slaughter in a place we consider to be the safest for our small children will become a cry for all reasonable people to cease the spread of guns in our country. This is more proof, that innocent people are killed by handguns, not criminals. The criminals are members of the NRA.

James Turnage

News Correspondent-The Guardian Express

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