More than two dozen people, including children, have been killed during a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut outside of New York City early Friday.
At around 12:450 p.m. EST, CBS News confirmed that 27 people were shot and killed earlier that morning.
According to preliminary reports, at least one gunman opened fire inside of an office at Shady Hook Elementary at around 9:40 a.m. Friday. Police have verified that the suspected shooter has been found dead on the scene while other reports, still unverified, cite the possibility of a second shooter. Police are reportedly on the lookout for vehicle that was seen leaving town.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the school’s principal and psychologist are among the dead. A 1 p.m. press conference has been scheduled to update the public.
At least two weapons have been recovered from the slain gunman. The age and identity of the deceased have yet to be made public.
Both state and local police are still on the scene at Shady Hook and the superintendent has ordered all schools in the district, both public and private, to be placed on lockdown.
Shady Hook, around 12 miles from the town of Danbury, CT, normally has around 600 students in grades kindergarten through four.
Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, tells CNN three victims have been sent to a hospital in his city in “very serious” condition, though he declined to comment on their age or identity.
Upon being appointed as principal of Sandy Hook in 2010, Dawn Hochsprung told the Newtown Bee, "I don't think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day.”
Jay Carney, White House press secretary,
The president will receive regular updates
I would rather not relay reactions at this point because I don’t have any confirmation to give to you about what exactly has happened there or potential victims, so id rather just inform you that the president has been informed of the shooting, was informed at 1030 and has