Twenty-seven people, including 20 children, are dead after a
Another person was found dead at 36 Yogananda St. in Newtown, sources told The Courant.
The shootings at the school took place in two rooms, one of which is a kindergarten classroom, sources said. One entire classroom is unaccounted for.
The shooter is dead inside the school, and the situation is secure, said State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance.
There were conflicting reports about the identity of the shooter.
Several news outlets, including The Associated Press and
The Associated Press is now reporting that the suspect is Adam Lanza, the younger brother, and that the older brother is being questioned.
CNN is no longer identifying the shooter.
A law enforcement official said the boys' mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher. The Associated Press is reporting that she is presumed dead.
The official also said Ryan Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns. A law enforcement official in Washington said one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle.
"I know there's not a parent in American who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do," he said. "The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. … They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."
"Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to help their children achieve their dreams," he said.
Like other parents around the country, Obama said, "This evening, Michelle and I will ... hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them … but there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight."
"While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or a loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for the ones they have lost will endure in their memories but also in ours."
Public records show that Ryan Lanza lived at 36 Yogananda St. at one point, and he is also listed as living at 1313 Grand St. in Hoboken, N.J. Police are searching that residence as well, sources say.
Three people were brought to
Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had "numerous gunshot wounds," police said.
Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.
Police were still searching the school at 11 a.m., and police dogs were brought in. Around noon, the triage area was broken down, stretchers were taken away and the SWAT team left the building.
School and local emergency officials were accounting for the children, who were released to their parents. Some parents were sequestered at the Sandy Hook fire department, directly in front of the school.
By 4 p.m., somber groups of families were leaving the firehouse, many accompanied by police or firefighters.
Other frustrated parents were desperately trying to get information from officials as they searched the school.
Vanessa Bajraliu, a 9-year-old fourth grader, heard the shots.
"I saw policemen -- lots of policemen in the hallway with guns," she said. "The police took us out of the school. We were told to hold each others' hands and to close our eyes. We opened our eyes when we were outside."
Her brother, 17-year-old Mergim Bajraliu, a senior at Newtown High School, was at his nearby home when he heard shots, he said. He first went to a neighbor's house.
"Then we heard sirens," he said.
He rushed to the school on foot and saw a girl being carried out, he said. She looked badly injured. Another girl had blood on her face, he said.
Mergim soon found his sister and took her away from the scene.
Parent Richard Wilford said his Sandy Hook second-grader, Richie, heard what he described as "pans falling" when gunshots rang out. He said that his son told him that the teacher went to go check, came back in and locked the door and told the students to stand in the corner.
"What does a parent think about coming to a school where there's a shooting" It's the most terrifying moment of a parent's life … you have no idea," said Wilford.
Brendan Murray, a 9-year-old 4th grader, said he was in the gym with his class when they heard "lots of banging." He said the teachers put the students in a nearby closet where they stayed for about 15 minutes before police officers told them to leave the building.
The boy said the students ran down a hallway where there were police at every door. He said "lots of people were crying."
Eight-year-old Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse.
"We had to walk with a partner," she said.
One child leaving the school said that there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until the reach the firehouse.
Audra Barth, who was walking away from the school with her first-grade son and third-grade daughter, says a teacher took first-graders into the restroom after bullets came through the window.
Students at nearby Newtown High School on Berkshire Road were stunned Friday when they learned of the shootings.
Senior Alex Buttery said when she learned the shootings had taken place on Dickinson Drive – where the school is located – "I immediately thought of Sandy Hook," she said. "It's devastating."
Buttery, walking out of the school Friday afternoon with her friend Clare Donnelly, said she'd cried a lot today.
Donnelly said "it's hard to wrap your head around" the shooting. "It's difficult to watch [young children] go through this."
Junior Renee Henriques said she was "shocked, speechless" by the shootings.
Buttery said she had been texting back and forth with her mother all day. "I went there," she said of Sandy Hook School. "I know the teachers. I'm just wondering who it is." Her mother, she said, was very emotional. They "know a lot of neighbors who go to Sandy Hook."
NHS student Stefanie Carr said she was having a hard time processing what had happened. "I just couldn't process how I felt. I'm still trying to get over it."
All of the students had the same question: "Why someone would do that to the children."
Newtown United Methodist Church opened the doors around noon after ministers there heard of the tragedy. Brad Tefft, a bereavement minister at the church, drove in and opened the doors.
"I better get down there. It's in our neighborhood," Tefft remembered thinking.
He created a sign that said "prayer vigil," which he placed out by the street, and also put a sign on the door saying sanctuary open.
"We are taught to listen and offer that cold cup of water when necessary," Tefft said.
As word spread of the magnitude of the tragedy in Newtown, Gov.
"Earlier today, a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," he said. "You can never be prepared for this incident."
"Beautiful children had their lives taken away from them, as well as adults whose responsibility it is to supervise and take care of those children," Malloy said.
Malloy spent time with the families, said Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy's senior adviser.
"He is attempting to make sure they get the information they need. It is an unspeakable scene.''
Malloy ordered state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff.
State officials reacted with shock and alarm to the shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, where multiple people were killed this morning by a gunman.
House Republican leader Larry Cafero and Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams were both stunned upon hearing that 27 had been killed. Cafero put his hand over his mouth in an immediate reaction.
"The governor is on scene,'' Doba said. "He has spoken to the
The state departments of public health, education,
Incoming U.S. Rep.
Incoming U.S. Sen.
Afternoon buses and kindergarten has been cancelled. The entire Newton district is on lockdown, and other school districts took similar measures across the state.
"It's really for reassurance," List said. Counselors will also be available for students at the schools, and West Hartford administrators are now creating a set of talking points for parents if they decide to explain the shootings to their children over the weekend.
A meeting of Farmington Valley-area superintendents that was scheduled for Friday was canceled.
"We need to be in our districts," List said. "We need to be communicating with our families, we need to be supporting our faculty and children."
Bridgeport Superintendant of Schools Paul G. Vallas has canceled all after school programs except for the Central High School basketball game.
All Winterfest Hartford activities in
Schools in the Pomperaug Regional School District 15, based in nearby
"Everyone is searching for the reason why — why such a senseless tragedy has to transpire in this country," Sippy said.
"We'll take the weekend to reflect. I just think it's time for people to step back and take a breath and spend time with loved ones," said Sippy, who has offered the district's services to Newtown schools.
The only mass shooting in the U.S. with more than 27 killed since the 1950s took place on April 16, 2007, when a student named