WASHINGTON, December 14, 2012 ― Meredith Artley, V.P. and managing editor, CNN reports that an eyewitness in Sandy Hook Elementary School said that while in a meeting at 9:35 am, she heard the “pop-pop-pop” in the hall. Three people, the principal, vice principal and school psychologist were killed in the hallway, with only the vice principal returning with injuries to his leg/foot.
The shooting happened in the hallway, and the eyewitness said there had to be at least 100 rounds shot. When leaving the meeting room, she reports that she saw the bodies of the principal and school psychologist lying in “a pool of blood” in the hallway. According to the Sandy Hook Elementary School web site the principal is Dawn Hochsprung, and the school psychologist is listed as Mary Sherlach. The vice principal’s name is not listed.
We are not confirming that these are the individuals shot; however, CNN is reporting that both the school principal and psychologist have been killed. Reports are now that the death toll is at least 26, including 18 children.
The gunman is also dead, however whether he was shot or killed himself is not known at this time. The body of the gunman is still in a schoolroom. Unconfirmed reports say that he is the 20-year-old father of a kindergarten student at the school.
CNN is reporting the vice principal was shot in the foot and that s/he is at Danbury Hospital as are two children, one with an injury to the face, the other to their hand.
More than 26 people, including 18 children, have been shot and killed according to ABC News Channel 9 network, however this has not been confirmed by a secondary source.
A student in the school has reported that the gunman was masked. A black Honda outside the school is of interest to police but at this time no reports as to if the car belongs to the gunman.
Susan Candiotti, CNN National Correspondent, is reporting that a law enforcement source is confirming that at least ten children, twenty persons in all, were killed this morning.
10:05 am - Connecticut State Police are responding to a situation in Newton, Connecticut Sandy Hooks Elementary School where there is approximately 626 students school ages K-4 and 46 faculty members. Local police and the school immediately put the building on lock down, taking measure to ensure the safety of students and staff.
School superintendent secretary Kathy June says reports are not confirmed, however State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is reporting that personnel are on the scene.
The schools web site has a notice that afternoon kindergarten classes have been cancelled, but at this time, the children are not being evacuated.
The local publication, the Newtown Bee is reporting that multiple police, ambulance and emergency crews are at the scene and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.
The shooting was first reported at 9:41 am. Reports from The Newtown Bee is that one child was carried from the school by a police officer. At this time all reports are unconfirmed.
Newtown is located northeast of Danbury, CT, and between Hartford and Stamford, CT. The town was settled in 1711. 2000 census has a population of 25, 031, 8,325 households, and 6,776 families in the town with a media income of $99,192 (Wikipedia)
CNN is reporting that one person has been transported with numerous, serious injuries; teachers are escorting children from the school, however it appears that some children are still in the school under teacher supervision.
Texted reports from inside the school confirm that students and teachers are in the school but do not offer any additional information. Reports at 11:24 are that the children have been evacuated to a nearby firehouse.
The Hartford Courent is confirming that one child is dead as a result of the school shooting and that there are other victims, however their condition is unclear. Sources to the Hartford Courant are saying that one person, believed to be the shooter, is dead. Reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed.
CBS News is confirming that one shooter is dead but it unknown if s/he was killed or s/he killed themselves (gender of shooter has not been confirmed, though it is generally being reported as a male). Two guns have been recovered.
AP has confirmed that one shooter is dead.
A person has been found in the woods around the school, and witnesses are saying that he reported “it wasn’t me.” Police continue to search the woods around the school leading to speculation of a second shooter.
Associated Press is reporting that a teacher was shot in the foot and is being treated at the Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital confirmed that they had three persons admitted as a result of this shootings at the school.
CNN is again reporting that the shooter is dead, with two weapons, one a Glock semi-automatic pistol.
Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury, is telling CNN that their police are working with the Newtown police. Three victims are in the Danbury Hospital and are reportedly in serious condition. Boughton cannot disclose if they are children or adults in the hospital.
Parents at the school are “in shock” for this to have happened in idyllic Newtown, stating that it does not seem “real” for it to have happened. Reports are that one of the three persons transported to Danbury Hospital is in stable condition.
WFSB is confirming that the teacher was shot in the foot and is at Danbury Hospital.
CNN is reporting that every elementary school in the US is locked and access is difficult, if not
A New York source is reporting that there are multiple fatalities from the school, however this report is unconfirmed at this time.
A Glock semi automatic and a Sig Sauer pistol were recovered at the scene it is being reported. It is being reported that one victim has numerous wounds. A parent on the scene says that one child was removed from the scene with what looked like “serious” injuries.
Both the Hartford Courant and local ABC reporting are saying that there are multiple fatalities but that has not been confirmed. Worst fears being confirmed, CBS is reporting that one child has died in this shooting.
Liz, an eyewitness, who was taking her child to school saw the police response saying she saw them surrounding a dark van or SUV. Reports are that police are also looking for a maroon or dark red sedan with a blown out back window.
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- Children being led from the school by police personnel (Image: Shannon Hicks - The Newtown Bee)
- A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country's history. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
- Parents and chaos outside the Sand Hooks elementary school
- State Police are on scene following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
- Parents of student, Alexis, speaking to WTNH. This is "unreal."
- Swat Teams outside the Sandy Hooks elementary school
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