Shooting at Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School

Reports are coming in slowly about a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2012 – 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 Sandy Hook Elementary School web site

The Sandy Hook Elementary School web site

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) 

Children being led from the school by police personnel (Image: Shannon Hicks - The Newtown Bee)

Children being led from the school by police personnel (Image: Shannon Hicks - The Newtown Bee)


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. 

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. 

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.

Meredith Artley, V.P. and managing editor, CNN reports that an eyewitness in the school is reported to have said that while in a meeting at 9:35 am, and she heard the “pop-pop-pop” in the  hall, three people, the principal, vice principal and school psychologists, 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, School Psychologist is listed as Mary Sherlach. The Vice Principal 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.



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