School shooting in Connecticut leaves 18 children dead


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP)— At least 27 people,. including 18 children, were killed today in a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

CBS News and the Associated Press both confirmed the death toll this morning, citing anonymous sources.

There are questions as to whether there was one shooter, who may have been a father of the student at the school, with two guns or two shooters. Police were still sorting out the details.

The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said.

It wasn’t clear how many people were injured, but there were about 600 children at the school.

The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Parent Lisa Procaccini told Fox News that her daughter was sitting in a classroom when she and others heard gun shots.

“She was in a small class — a reading group and they started hearing bangs,” Procaccini said. “Her teacher, and I’m grateful for this, rushed kids into the bathroom and locked the door. They told kids it was hammering and tried to keep them calm.”

“Children were crying,” Procaccini said. “She did tell me about a little boy that was in a police officer’s arms, bleeding. I don’t know if she gets it.”

State police say Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond.

Photos from the scene showed young students — some crying, others looking visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries.

Brenda Lebinski, whose 8-year-old daughter attends the school, was among the parents who raced to check on their children.

“I saw her and it was the happiest moment of my life,” she said.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was not harmed.

“It’s alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said.

Lisa Terifay, who was holding her two children outside the school, said she was stunned.

“I still can’t believe it’s happened in my town,” she said.

The superintendent’s office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.

State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond.

Photos from the scene showed young students — some crying, others looking visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.

Connecticut’s governor was on the scene in Newtown. The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and was receiving updates.