Update: More than 28 dead, including 20 children, in school shooting
NEWTON, CT – State police responded Friday to reports of a shooting at a southwestern Connecticut elementary school, that sources say has left multiple people dead and many injured.
The Hartford Courant, citing police, said an unspecified number of people had been shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Multiple local media outlets were reporting multiple fatalities in the shooting.
The principal and a school psychologist were killed in Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, according to a parent who was at the school during the incident. The vice principal was shot in the foot or the leg, said the eyewitness, who has a second-grader at the school.
There are three people wounded in “very serious” condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, that town’s mayor, Mark Boughton told CNN. He couldn’t say whether the victims were children. Danbury Hospital confirmed the three were being treated at the facility.
The Newtown Bee newspaper said one child had been carried out by a police officer and emergency crews had set up triage facilities, expecting additional patients.
The suspected gunman in Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school is dead on the scene, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Susan Candiotti. Police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, the source said.
It’s unclear if police killed him or if he took his own life.
The first calls came into police around 9:40 a.m., according to media accounts. Police were on the scene late Wednesday morning with guns drawn, CNN affiliate WFSB reported.
Breaking news photos from outside Sandy Hook Elementary appeared to show school staffers leading children away from the school wearing no coats and dressed in brightly colored clothing. Temperatures hovered just above freezing.
The children walked one behind another, with their hands resting on the shoulders of the student in front of them. Authorities evacuated children to a firehouse directly across from the school.
School and local emergency officials are accounting for the children, who will be released to their parents to get them home. A staging area has been set up at the Sandy Hook fire department.
Frustrated parents are trying to get information from officials, who are still actively searching the school.
Eight-year-old Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse.
“We had to walk with a partner,” she said.
One child leaving the school said that there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until the reach the firehouse.
One student, a third-grader, told CNN affiliate WTNH that she was sitting in her classroom when police flooded the area.
“We saw police officers and we heard them on our roof and in our building,” the girl said.
Some of the children were crying, and others felt they had a stomach ache, she said.
The girl’s father told the station the incident was shocking.
“I was pretty shaken up,” he said.
Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around 10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.
Newtown is about 60 miles north of New York.
A press conference on the event is expected at 1 p.m., officials said.