- One shooter is confirmed dead, reports of another shooter still at large are unconfirmed
- One teacher said masked gunman started firing out shots from office shortly after 9.30am
- One student said there were bullets whizzing by him in the hallway
- At least 100 rounds are believed to have been fired
- Female principal is believed to have been targeted
- At least three seriously injured in hospital
- Two handguns found at the scene
At least 26 people are dead – including 18 children – after a gunman who is believed to be a student’s father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in the main office of the school at 9.41am.
There are preliminary reports a student’s father, who is believed to be 20-years-old and from New Jersey, was the shooter. He was killed at the scene though it is unclear if he shot himself or was brought down by an officer.
Earlier reports of a second shooter are still unconfirmed.
One mother told CBS that her child said there were bullets ‘whizzing by’ him in the hallway and that a teacher pulled him into a classroom.
Terrified parents rushed to the school desperately trying to reach their children as hundreds of officers swarmed over the school.
The shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in American schools and colleges, that is especially shocking given the age of the students involved
Speaking with MSNBC, one mother said she had heard the principal had been shot dead.
‘The principal was killed and some other people were shot,’ the unidentified woman said outside the school.
Her daughter added: ‘Miss Martin closed the door and we went into the corner’, before the gunman let out ‘lots of shots’.
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