PHOENIX, December 14, 2012- Connecticut State Police confirm tonight that 28 people have been killed in a horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Among those tragically killed are 20 children and eight adults.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police, confirmed that the attack on the school began around 9:40 a.m. and was focused on two classrooms. The motives of the gunman, Adam Lanza, are unknown at this point, as police are still investigating this matter.
ABC News is reporting that neighbors described the gunman as “odd,” and often displayed characteristics of a mental illness. However, police have not confirmed this claim in an official announcement.
Additionally, A Connecticut law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
While no victims have been identified, several law enforcement sources indicate that the mother of the shooter was among those killed. Lanza’s mother was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The principal and school psychologist is also reported to be among those killed.
“They didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on,” Diane Day, a therapist at the school said about the principal and school psychologist who leaped out of their seats when they heard gunshots.
Ms. Day told another story of heroism, as one of the schools’ teachers was shot in the leg as she pressed her body against a door that didn’t have a lock on it. “She was our hero,” Ms. Day said about her.
President Obama offered his condolences late Friday to the families of the shooting victims, saying, “I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, also announced that the Republican Party would not hold their weekly address, saying “President Obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning.”
This is the second-deadliest civilian shooting in America, after the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre that had a death toll of 32 people.
This shooting will undoubtedly bring back vile memories of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting that left 12 students and one teacher dead. That horrific shooting was arguably the most infamous school attack, as it sparked vast policy change to school security and lockdown procedures as well as strong advocates for gun control.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will likely revive those same reactions as we saw with those Columbine shooting.
Connecticut police are expected to hold a final news conference tonight to give the latest updates on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, as many details of the attack remain to be unknown.
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