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20 Children Killed In Connecticut School Shooting
Twenty children were killed Friday in a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left a total of 27 people dead.
The shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, which is about 60 miles northeast of New York City. It serves kindergarten through to 4th graders. Police were first called at approximately 8:30 Central time.
The gunman blasted his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot. All the dead were in two classrooms.
A law enforcement official says the suspect is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.
The first official says Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the
The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CBS News reports two handguns were found on his body. A rifle was in his car.
The incident began at the principal's office with the shooting of the principal. The principal, identified as Dawn Hochspring, is reported as one of the dead.
The attack comes less than two weeks before Christmas and appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
Family members are relaying what children told them about the shooting.
A 6-year-old told his father that he was in his classroom when a gunman burst in and shot the teacher. Robert Licata says his son "grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door." Licata says the shooter didn't say a word.
Stephen Delgiadice says his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter is fine.
He says the shooting is alarming because his family always considered Newtown to be the safest place in America.
Seventeen-year-old Mergim Bajraliu heard the gunshots echo from his home and raced to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He says his sister heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. And he says teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.