20 children, 7 adults dead in Connecticut school massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) — In one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, a gunman opened fire Friday in a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, 20 of them children, police said.

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Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

The suspected gunman, who was not identified by police, also was killed, apparently by his own hand.

One person was wounded.

The mass shootings occurred in one section of Sandy Hook Elementary School and spanned two rooms, said Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.

Among the dead were the school’s principal and psychologist, according to a parent who was at the school when the incident happened.

Separately, another adult was found dead in a second location in Newtown, Vance said.

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Vance described “a very tragic, tragic scene,” noting the carnage first responders witnessed when they arrived.

“I have difficulty putting it into words,” Vance told CNN, adding that he has “seen some horrific things, and this is right up there with them.”

Police recovered three weapons from the scene: a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, a source with knowledge of the investigation said. Vance said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death for the gunman, though he noted that police never discharged their weapons.

Police were questioning another man but are not calling him a suspect, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Vance described “a very tragic, tragic scene,” noting the carnage first responders witnessed when they arrived.

“I have difficulty putting it into words,” Vance told CNN, adding that he has “seen some horrific things, and this is right up there with them.”

Police recovered three weapons from the scene: a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, a source with knowledge of the investigation said. Vance said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death for the gunman, though he noted that police never discharged their weapons.

Police were questioning another man but are not calling him a suspect, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

President Barack Obama addressed the shooting in an emotional statement Friday afternoon, saying, “Our hearts our broken today.” Obama, a father to two girls, wiped away tears as he noted the nation has “endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.”

Obama ordered flags to half-staff nationwide in honor of the victims.

If the number of fatalities remains at 26, the Newtown shooting would be the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead.

In 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two students shot 13 people to death before killing themselves.

22 comments

  • Cole

    This is the most screwed up thing that has happened in a long, long time. We should have torture policies for the f***ed up individuals that do things like this. #StayStrongNewton

  • Keith

    another sad day for america it is too close to xmas for this bs to be happening… i pray for the families who have lost their little ones on this day…

  • Heather

    I am so saddened to hear this. My heart melts for the parents. My prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones. Why do people have to be so cruel!

  • zach

    Wow, what is going on with people. Sometimes I wonder by publishing this type of news it triggers others who are not stable to follow suit.
    My thoughts and prayer go out to the families, students and teachers.

  • steven nauck

    My heart is deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims. What an unimaginable tragedy.

  • Anonymous

    i AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT ABOVE!!! “Wow, what is going on with people. Sometimes I wonder by publishing this type of news it triggers others who are not stable to follow suit.”
    THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND IT SICKENS ME!

  • Anymous

    Breaks my heart my heart n prayers go out the victims , I can’t imagine the fear the children felt. Words can’t express the how heart broken I am especially for these children who are so innocent an life’s were cut shirt for a sickening rotten person to do this to them may you RIP .. God help us!

  • Anonymous

    This is insane I could never imagine being one of those family members , my blessings go out to all of you. Stay strong

  • Anonymous

    This is insane I could never imagine being one of those family member who don’t know if there kid is okay. My blessings go out to all those who were affected. Stay strong

  • Shauna

    This is absolutely horrific, while working at an elementary school right now that is one of the last things you would ever expect to happen. My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this horrific act of terror! Sending hopeful wishes to everyone!

  • P

    Is horrible, i can’t imagine how the parents feel right now, this morning
    We all sent our kids to school wishing
    Them a good day, and now you don’t know if your going to see them again just because some wacko decided to kill them for no reason, my prayers are with the families. God may bless their little souls

  • Torre

    Another COWARD ruins the lives of many families by taking the lives of others and then apparently taking his own life. God has an especially horrific place for those who commit these heinous atrocities.
    My prayers go out to the families who are suffering because of this COWARD.

  • guest

    i pray for the children who passed, as well as the their friends who wont have them over for play dates anymore, the parents who wont see them graduate, and the teachers who know the children and or the families and will have to deal with this day for the rest of their lives, and to everyone who was at all effected by this.

  • Pat Bateman

    News update: scumbag used his moms constitutionally-protected, legally purchased guns. So, they didn't stop a big bad burglar or UN troops taking over the town. This is what guns really get used for. Or killing your spouse. Or stolen and used on someone else.
    Oh wait, if someone who worked at the school had been carrying one of these things they could have heroically taken out the shooter, action movie style…
    WTF is wrong with you gun people? wake up

  • les

    so sad…. maybe it's time to quit reading about all this bad news and things you can't change….I'll hug my daughter and grand child and try to make their world safe…if everyone could do that maybe just maybe we will all be better off. good luck america!

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