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27 Shot Dead Including 18 Children at Connecticut Elementary as 'Student's Father' and a Second Shooter Massacre Entire Class in Worst School Shooting Ever

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27 Shot Dead Including 18 Children at Connecticut Elementary as 'Student's Father' and a Second Shooter Massacre Entire Class in Worst School Shooting Ever
A shooter opened fire at the elementary school shooting at least 20 people - more than a dozen children are believed to be dead

At least 27 people are dead - including 18 children - after a gunman believed to be a student's father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in one of the kindergarten classrooms of the school at 9.35am.

There are preliminary reports a student's 20-year-old father was the shooter and that he went from classroom to classroom firing at students and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle.

An entire classroom of students is unaccounted for and frantic parents are desperately seeking information on the safety of their children.


The gunman is dead and his body still at the scene, though it is unclear if he shot himself or was brought down by an officer. A second man who was seen running from the scene right after the shooting was taken into custody a few hours later.


A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the tragic shooting this morning which has shocked the quiet suburban community


Chaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the area and bodies are carried out of the school


Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this morning

One mother told CBS that her child said there were bullets 'whizzing by' him in the hallway and that a teacher pulled him into a classroom.

The shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in American schools and colleges,  that is especially shocking given the age of the students involved

Speaking with MSNBC, one mother said she had heard the principal had been shot dead.

'The principal was killed and some other people were shot,' the unidentified woman said outside the school.

Her daughter added: 'Miss Martin closed the door and we went into the corner', before the gunman let out 'lots of shots'.


A black Honda believed to belong to the shooter has been cordoned off


There are preliminary reports a students father, who is believed to be 20-years-old and from New Jersey, was the shooter. He was killed at the scene though it is unclear if he shot himself or was brought down by an officer


Parents pick-up children outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after 18 students and two adults were shot dead this morning


Hundreds of officers, sniffer dogs, and firefighters patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School to secure the area

Dawn Hochsprung, 47, has been the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary school since July 2010.

One teacher is confirmed to have been shot in the foot and is being treated at a local hospital.

The mayor said they are not releasing names until next of kin have been notified.

Two handguns have been recovered at the scene and police have cordoned off a black Honda with New Jersey plates believed to belong to the dead shooter.

There are said to be a number of people with injuries. At least three are being treated at a local hospital.

It is unclear if the shooter shot himself or was killed by an officer.

Hundreds of officers and police dogs had the area surrounded as they worked to secure the scene.

Teachers and students were said to be in morning meetings when the shots were fired. The children were locked inside their classrooms until police came and evacuated them to a nearby fire station.

One child was seen being carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded.

A person in one room had 'numerous gunshot wounds', police told the The Hartford Courant.

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