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.
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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.
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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.
- (Newtown, CT Patch)