An unimaginable tragedy has occurred in Newton Conneticut. A 24 year old gunman, Ryan Lanza, drove from Hoboken, New Jersey to Sandy Hook Elementary in Conneticut where his mother was teaching a classroom full of kindergarten children. He went into the school, killing his mother, school employees (including the principal & guidance counselor) and 20 children (the numbers are changing by the hour). It is being reported that the gunman is also dead, but we are not sure if he killed himself, or if police killed him. It is also being reported that there is a body at the home of Ryan Lanza which police are speculating belongs to his brother. This is being reported as the worst school shooting in American History. I can’t even….this is so horrible. May God Help Us All.
Nearly 30 people died Friday in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
At least 18 of the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School were children, the source said. At a news conference Friday afternoon, state police Lt. Paul Vance would say only that there had been “several fatalities.”
The school was secure, and the public was not in danger, Vance said.
“Why? Why?” one woman wailed as she walked up a wooded roadway leading from the school.
A parent who was inside the school at the time of the attack said she heard what sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. She said she saw two school employees who had died.
Hospital officials in neighboring Danbury said they were treating three people wounded in the shooting. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the victims were in “very serious” condition.
The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Susan Candiotti. The suspect’s body is in a classroom at the school, the source said.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said a male was being questioned but he is not being called a suspect.
Federal officers in tactical gear were on the scene, coordinating with local and state police. At least four ambulances remained at the school Friday afternoon.
Police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, the source said. It’s unclear if police killed the suspect.
Police and teachers rushed students from the building as police swarmed the area shortly after the first calls came in, around 9:40 a.m. ET. Officials moved students to a nearby firehouse, where parents frantically sought information about their children.
Third-grader Alexis Wasik said police and teachers barged into her classroom and told students to hide in the corner.
“Everybody was crying,” she said. “And I just heard the police officers yelling.”
Aerial images from CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey showed police officers armed with rifles following a dog into woods near the school.
Other officers, some in tactical gear, stood around the school with guns drawn, CNN affiliate WFSB reported.
All schools in the city were on lockdown Friday as police assessed the situation, Vance said.
Gov. Dan Malloy is “horrified” by what happened, a spokesman said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration feels “enormous sympathy” for affected families and pledged federal support for state and local law enforcement.
Newtown is about 60 miles north of New York.