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At Least 26, Mostly Children, Dead in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting


People stand outside the Newtown Methodist Church near the the scene of the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)

UPDATE 2:18 PM: CNN has identified the deceased shooter as one Ryan Lanza.

UPDATE 1:55 PM: Authorities report that another body has been found inside a home connected to the shooter. The home may belong to one of his parents, but no other information has been released.

The nation is reeling once again as news of yet another incident of mass murder has broken. Authorities in Connecticut say at least 26 people, 18 of them young children, are dead after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school in the Fairfield County suburb of Newtown. Authorities report that one shooter, an unidentified male, is confirmed dead. He is described as a male in his 20s who was armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest. Another potential suspect is in custody but it is unclear whether they were involved in the shooting.

According to eyewitness reports, a suspect entered the school and engaged in a verbal argument with school staff. The father of a child who survived the shooting told CBS news that his daughter said the argument was heard over the school loudspeaker system. When their teacher heard cursing, she girl told her dad, she knew something was wrong and told the kids to get in the corner. Connecticut’s WFSB-TV reports that the shooter traveled from room to room in the school, firing rounds. Among the adults killed was the school’s principal. The shooter is believed to have a connection to the school.

The children were escorted out of the school. Information regarding the shooter, or possibly shooters, and the number of fatalities, is still coming in as authorities evaluate this horrific event. President Obama has been briefed by FBI Director Robert Mueller and has spoken with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

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