Chaos at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children are reportedly among the dead, along with six adults and the shooter.
Twenty-seven people are dead, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, officials say. The children were aged 5 to 10 years old.
Witnesses tell local news outlets they believe the school’s principal and psychologist are among the dead. The suspected gunman also died.
The shooter was initially identified as Ryan Lanza. New reports from the AP and the New York Post indicate the gunman was actually Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old son of Nancy Lanza, a teacher at Sandy Hook.
His 24-year-old brother Ryan was questioned by police on Friday. NBC News reports the confusion may have stemmed from the shooter having his brother’s ID on him.
But CNN also reported that a brother of Lanza was found dead in New Jersey — it’s unclear whether he was the same brother questioned by police.
There are 626 students at the K-4 school.
According to the Hartford Courant, a shooter was in the school’s main office around 9:41 a.m., when the first 911 call came in. The shooting may have begun during an administrative meeting and spread to a kindergarten classroom and the hallway.
Early on, local news outlets reported tragic sights from the scene:
Photos from the scene:
State police lead children away from the school. via The Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks.
Google Earth image of Sandy
Jessica Testa BuzzFeed
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