NEWTOWN Connecticut – According to Twitter’s breaking news page, an official with knowledge of Connecticut school shooting says 27 dead, including 20 children in this morning’s Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.
In the news conference following the the tragic shooting, law enforcement say one other person was killed in a different location believed to be the brother of the shooter.
The incident began 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’s Connecticut television station as it was broadcasting the event live. “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.
Numerous children were taken to nearby hospitals.
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.
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.
State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
A 1 p.m. press conference has been scheduled.