CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 14 students, after a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead.
The suspect in one of the the deadliest school shootings in history has been identified as Ryan Lanza, authorities said Friday. According to police, Lanza, 24, is suspected of killing 27 people among them 8 adults and 18 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A neighbor of Ryan Lanza's parents in Sandy Hook told The Huffington Post that police are at Lanza's parents house.
The shooter was killed during the rampage and several others were injured. Mother of Ryan Lanza also shot and killed, source close to investigation says. The identities of the shooting victims has not yet been released.The gunman was wearing dark clothing, a mask, a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. A cause and manner of death is pending, police said. Teachers and police escorted students out of the building following the shooting.
Mark Hertz, a reporter, says this part of the US does not have a large gun culture, and there is a particular sense of shock as people are not used to shooting incidents. "This school is incredibly highly rated - people come to these communities for safety and a sense of quiet. It's a feeling of invasion into the feeling of safety they have there."
“It was a very orderly evacuation given the circumstances,” Connecticut Post reporter Brian Koonz told CBS New York.
One mother tells CBS 2 reporter Lou Young that it’s like a “war zone” in Newtown. Her child told Young he had bullets “whizzing by” him in the hallway and that a teacher pulled him into a classroom.
Connecticut State Police tell CBS Connecticut that it is “still an active situation.” Police responded to the school shooting at 9:41 a.m. WFSB-TV reporter Len Besthoff calls it a “chaotic scene.” It continues to investigate if there was a second shooter involved.
Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.
“It’s alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said.
The school superintendent’s office says the district has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.
State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting.