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UPDATE: 28 dead in Conn. school shooting

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

NEWTOWN, Conn —A heavily armed gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing 26 people including 20 children in the latest in a series of shooting rampages across the United States this year, U.S. media reported.

The gunman was dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, state police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a news conference.

Vance said there were 28 deaths in Connecticut - 20 children and seven adults from the school and another person connected to the suspect at a house in Newtown. The total included the shooter, who media said was a 24-year-old man. The New York Times reported that the gunman killed himself at the scene.

One of the dead was the shooter's mother, a teacher at the school, The New York Times reported, citing a law enforcement official.

CNN reported that an official said there was an additional death - the brother of the suspected gunman in New Jersey - but this was not independently confirmed.

Brother of suspected Connecticut school shooter found dead in New Jersey -CNN

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - A brother of the suspected Connecticut school gunman was found dead on Friday in a home in Hoboken, New Jersey, CNN reported.

Authorities searched the home following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire on school children and staff.

Among those shot and killed was the gunman's mother, a teacher at the school, authorities said.

The suspected gunman entered the school as children were gathered in their classrooms for morning meeting. He was armed with four weapons and wore a bullet-proof vest, WABC reported.

If confirmed, it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. The holiday season tragedy was the second shooting rampage in the United States this week and was certain to revive a debate about U.S. gun laws.

President Barack Obama, wiping away tears and pausing to collect his emotions, mourned the "beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old" who were killed.

"As a country we have been through this too many times," Obama said, ticking off a list of recent shootings.

"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics," Obama said in apparent reference to the influence of the National Rifle Association over members of Congress.

Obama remains committed to trying to renew a ban on assault weapons, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots with some saying as many as 100 were fired.

Another person was being held in police custody after he was detained in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants, CBS reported.

BLOODIED CHILDREN EXIT SCHOOL

Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from kindergarten through fourth grade - roughly ages 5 to 10.

"It was horrendous," said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade. "Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied."

Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school. Parents were seen reuniting with their children and taking them home.

"This is going to be bad," a state official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because the scope of the tragedy remained uncertain.

Lebinski said a mother who was at the school during the shooting told her a "masked man" entered the principal's office and may have shot the principal. Lebinski, who is friends with the mother who was at the school, said the principal was "severely injured."

Lebinski's daughter's teacher "immediately locked the door to the classroom and put all the kids in the corner of the room."

Murphy has a friend with a daughter in Sandy Hook, and the daughter is OK. She did get an automated call from the school department this morning saying there was a "possible shooting" at the elementary school and that all schools were on lockdown.

Melissa Murphy, who lives near the school, monitored events on a police scanner.

"I kept hearing them call for the mass casualty kit and scream, 'Send everybody! Send everybody!'" Murphy said. "It doesn't seem like it can be really happening. I feel like I'm in shock."

A girl interviewed by NBC Connecticut described hearing seven loud "booms" while she was in gym class. Other children began crying and teachers moved the students to a nearby office, she said.

"A police officer came in and told us to run outside and so we did," the unidentified girl said on camera.

Newtown, with a population about 27,000, is in northern Fairfield County, about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Hartford and 80 miles (130 km) northeast of New York City.

The United States has experienced a number of mass shooting rampages this year, most recently in Oregon, where a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall on Tuesday, killing two people and then himself.

The deadliest came in July at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado that killed 12 people and wounded 58.

The Sandy Hook tragedy would be the deadliest elementary school shooting in U.S. history.

The worst U.S. high school shooting happened in 1999 when two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves.

In 2007, 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech university in the deadliest act of gun violence in U.S. history.

In another notorious school shooting outside of the United States, in 1996 a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and killed 16 children and an adult before killing himself.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Another crazed white dude no doubt.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

ou said it......not me.........

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Then again it could be one of your bro's.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

doubt it........ this has one of your dudes wriiten all over it.....On a serious note this sad. I am praying for the kids and their families.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Heck, it could be an Asian. It was an Asian that did the shooting at that college in Oakland, but we don't know for sure who did this one since they have not given the identity of the shooter, but nonetheless, this stuff is happening too often.

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jglass 1 year, 4 months ago

There are too many different reports coming through. Will be glad when we get the entire story and only one story. Prayers for the families, friends, school staff, etc. I hope there is a special place for the person or persons responsible for this horrific action. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to injure a child...................................just tragic.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

An absolute trajedy. Prayers for the families.

When are we going to turn our eyes to Hollywood and ask them why they continue to put out movies that glorify violence, bloodshed, killing, and glorify insanity and killers? But the hue and cry will now begin for "Gun Control". From what has been reported thus far, this idiot had two perfectly legal guns. What was his mental condition? There's where we need to look a little deeper.

If there was any "discriminatory" motivation here, it would be more likely against "wealth" and not race based on the location of the tragedy. We shall see.

Please keep these families in our thoughts and prayers, in spite of our own little interpersonal squabbles.

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Ms_Rational 1 year, 4 months ago

My heart aches for the families....

Homegrown terrorists will strip us of our freedoms....not muslims.

Food for thought: A Black man kills, he's a menace to society. A Foreign man kills, he's a terrorist. But a White man kills, he's psychologically unstable.

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billybob 1 year, 4 months ago

I would submit that they are all psychologically unstable.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Bingo, bb. Why make this a race issue, Ms_Reactionary?

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

You cant hide or run from the truth.........

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't waste your time attacking me because I don't give a S what you think about me. Join in the conversation if you have anything of substance to say.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

The shooter was a 20 year old son of a teacher at the school. I can't understand what evil thoughts goes in the minds of these people that would want to shoot anybody, particularly kindergarten children, and so close to Christmas. A holiday tragedy! The sad thing is you can't punish the shooter because he is dead, shot and killed himself so he wasn't man enough to face up to any punishment he would have received, but he should burn in hell. A terrible tragedy to the parents, friends and family to the victims.

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wino3800 1 year, 4 months ago

We must accept the fact that some people are unstable. Budget cutbacks put these people in the street, and others don't receive proper care.

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