I just read about the shooting in CT at an elementary school. A 20 year goes into an elementary school to start shooting people? Shooting 5-9 year kids a week and a half before christmas…
I am at a loss, while reading it I started to tear up thinking about my son who is still a few years away from going to school and my wife that used to teach kindergarten.
How long will it take for some liberal gun-grabber to start using this incident as rally cry for “stronger gun controls” while ignoring the real issue. People are out there with the desire and will to commit and act like this.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this in CT; and if you weren’t affected, give your kids an extra hug…
26 dead after gunman assaults Connecticut elementary school, official says
An elementary school student recalls the terrifying moments following sounds of shots fired at her Connecticut elementary school, saying “teachers told us to go in the corner so we all huddled.”
Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET: Twenty-six people, including 18 children, were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, a law enforcement official said.
The gunman, who is dead, was a 20-year-old from Connecticut, an official said. He was wearing all black and was carrying two 9mm handguns. Another person who walked into the school at the same time as the gunman was being held by police and questioned, an official said.
The incident — the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 — sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.
“All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us,” she added. “So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents.”
“I was out in the hall,” said another student, “when, like, everybody heard the bullets, they, like, went into a total panic.”
Three people were taken to nearby Danbury Hospital, a spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. She would not elaborate on the ages of the victims or their conditions.
One of those taken to the hospital was a teacher who had been shot in the foot, the Associated Press reported, citing a dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
President Obama was notified about the shooting and continues to receive updates, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“I think it’s important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does, and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do,” Carney said at his daily briefing. “Which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected.”
Shannon Hicks / The Newtown Bee.
Children are led from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday after a reported shooting there.
In a photo taken by the Newtown Bee, crying students could be seen being escorted from the school by police. They were taken to a nearby fire station where their parents were picking them up.
A third-grader, Alexis Wasik, told the Hartford Courant that police checked students and staffers before they were escorted to the fire station.
“We had to walk with a partner,” she said.
NBC Connecticut reported that the entire school district was in lockdown.
At Sandy Hook, police, ATF and FBI agents were going room to room searching the school.
Newtown is about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City.
The K-4 school has about 600 students.
NBC’s Pete Williams and WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst contributed to this report.