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UPDATE: 27 Dead, Including 18 Children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut

Town officials say they're trying to reunite parents with children who remain under lockdown at Sandy Hook Elementary School following confirmed shootings Friday morning.

Patch exclusive: Ryan Lanza, identified by numerous news outlets as the gunman in this morning's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, told a friend later this morning that he was not the shooter and that he believed his developmentally disabled brother may have been responsible.

Learn more from Newtown Patch in Connecticut here.

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UPDATE: [1:10 p.m.] Citing an anonymous official "with knowledge" the Associated Press is reporting 27 people dead, including 18 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is at the scene and a press conference set for 1 p.m. but hasn't yet begun. Patch is there. 

Get more updates from Newtown Patch in Connecticut here.

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At least one person is dead and an unknown number of persons have been wounded in a shooting at a school in southwestern Connecticut on Friday morning.

Newtown (CT) Patch reports that local officials are in the process of trying to reunite parents with their children, at least some of whom remain inside the school.

Numerous reports have stated that a gunman inside the school is dead, while another may be at large. Officials have thus far declined to provide any information on the number or the condition of any victims.

One witness who was in a house across the street from the school told Patch that she heard 10 to 12 gunshots at about 9:40 a.m.

A parent said their her child's teacher had sheltered her daughter's class in the classroom closet when she learned that a gunman was in the school.

Police were reportedly seen leading children out of the school in class groups. Some children reportedly had visible blood on their clothing.

Read more:

  • (Newtown, CT Patch)
OMG December 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
This is so sad and I can't even listen without this touching me. I don't know what's wrong with people these days. My heart goes out to all of the families that took a loss from this and you have my prayers.
1 December 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Sadly the NRA (ie. Republican Party) has already begun "defending gun rights" in the wake of this horrible situtation. The old, "guns don't kill people, people kill people" and "if the teachers had guns, this would have been prevented" lines are all over twitter, facebook, and other social media. How many more of these kinds of situations have to happen before there are bans on some semi-automatic weapons, limits on ammo purchases and extended clips. If this guy had a six shooter or hunting rifle, there is no way he would have been able to kill so many so quickly. I AM A GUN OWNER and at this point am 100% for better gun laws at this point. Do people really need 100s of rounds of ammo and dozens of semi or easily made automatic weapons for "self defense"?
neighbor December 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Let's all light a candle outside our front door
Curmudgeon December 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM
@1: I did not hear anyone defend gun rights. What is it with you. I see your posts and they are always provoking (not provocative). It's easy to say you are a gun owner to make your story better. I don't believe anything you post. Instead of making this political, why can't you reflect the feelings of OMG. Sympathy and prayers to the families and victims is more appropriate.
John Q. Public December 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
No one is talking about gun rights other than you. You hear about a tragedy, and see opportunity. Disgusting.
Victor B. Krievins December 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Our prayers must be with the families of the deceased!
Tom Bartman December 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why is it that these nut cases go to "gun free" zones to carry out their massacres?
Karl December 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
While the info is preliminary, it's being reported the guns belonged to the shooter's mother. The idea that you want to legislate what is already criminal activity is absurd- criminals don't follow the law.
John Q. Public December 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Rhetorical question? Because it's the safest place to go, since the law-abiding victims are defenseless. But I'm sure you know that.
Pink Pussycat December 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It's time for a mental health safety net. Families have to have resources to go to when family members are mentally ill.
Joe Grogan December 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
It's time to bring down the NRA fiction, that the 2nd Amendment authorizes unrestricted gun ownership. the 2nd Amendment guarantees the "right to bear arms' so as to have a well-regulated militia to defend the country, not so as to defend oneself. I haven't seen these NRA types out on the green at Mondauk Park engaged in close-order drill to prepare to defend the country.
Chris Beahan December 17, 2012 at 06:40 AM
President Obama's speech was very moving and is a good starting point in the crusade to end these senseless 'mass killings' involving automatic weapons. But he can do next to nothing on his own. He will need the cooperation of literally the most "do-nothing" Congress in the history of our Republic. And the only way they will do anything is ironically by holding a gun to their collective heads. We have to call/e-mail & text their offices, both in Washington & their home offices & demand they take immediate action!! They only thing these career political hacks fear is the prospect of getting voted out of office & having to get an honest job; where you get fired for not actually doing what you were hired to do. Novel indeed. So, if we are all serious about addressing and ultimately ending these 'mass killings, we will need to start calling, e-mailing & texting our elected officials and stay at it until our wishes can not be ignored.
truthsayer December 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM
While we argue over gun control, we miss the true issue at the heart of these horrific incidents. We have raised a generation of young people that have no regard for human life, have no hope for the future, and have no sense of morality. The gun used is merely a tool to carry out an evil presence in their hearts. Many say the death toll would be less without the high capacity magazines, but are fewer killings acceptable to you? Would you prefer five children dead, rather than twenty? The sociopathic behavior of these young shooters is not an anomoly. It is a way of life for a generation of Americans, spawned by the loss of morality in our society, replaced by a sense of entitlement to whatever we want, and by any means necessary. These incidents become marketing opportunities for the media. They become campaign opportunities for politicians. And no one speaks of the real problem, because the media and government have had a hand in creating the cancer that is spreading throughout our society. The real issue isn't the tool used to commit the murders. The real issue is the loss of conscience, of humanity, of restraint, of hope for a future, in our younger generation. You cannot legislate decency in people. It has to be instilled in us through a loving family and caring, responsible society. We are losing these values in American society. You can argue all you want over gun control, but it will do nothing to control the evil we are breeding in future generation of Americans.
Smedley December 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Truth is we kill more men, women, and children than that just about every day overseas. No Problem. They're not us.
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