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27 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

Local and state police in Newtown, CT, were called to an elementary schoo this morning after a gunman opened fire at the school.

Twenty seven people are dead, including 18 children, at a Connecticut elementary school after a 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage.

The shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a town of about 28,000 people an hour outside of Stamford. Newtown Police were called to the school at about 9:30 a.m. Eastern time after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

Authorities held a press conference at 1 p.m. and said students and staff at the school were killed and that the gunman was found dead inside the school. They did not confirm the number of fatalities. However, reports said the school's principal and a school psychologist were among the dead.

Early reports wrongly identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, a former Quinnipiac University student. His brother, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, has been identified as the gunman in Newtown who killed 20 children, six adults and himself, according to the Huffington Post. He was armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities are currently searching his father’s home in New Jersey as part of the ongoing investigation. Lanza's mother lives in Newtown and was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which has close to 600 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. She was among those killed, according to several news reports.

Police also have a second suspect in custody. According to eyewitness accounts, police found a man in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants and took him in for questioning. As the man passed parents gathered near the school, he said “I didn’t do it,” according to CBS News.

A parent interviewed on CBS News also told the network that his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming from the principal’s office. Her teacher then immediately locked the classroom door as a safety precaution.

A fourth-grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School told Connecticut’s Channel 7 that he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman.

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.

Authorities said the scene is now secure and that there is no longer a threat to public safety. They will be providing more details and holding another press conference on the incident as soon as they notify the families of the victims.

William December 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
John, perhaps you should read what that compassionate liberal Ronald Reagan did for mental health facilities. Or maybe that bleeding heart Tommy Thompson who spearheaded the deregulation of the hospital industry, which subsequently astronomically raised mental health hospital rates and resulted in insurance companies limiting access and treatment.
vocal local 1 December 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Ed, your missing my point which is the meds/drugs prescribed are making sane people mentally ill. The meds are changing the brain chemistry, receptor sites, neurons, neuron pathways. We are graduating thousands from college each year with degrees in psychology that cannot find jobs even with an additional two year master's degree preparing them to counsel. And of course your right there isn't any funding to provide services rather than dangerous mind altering drugs that only make the individual worse. Do you know of one child or friend or relative that was taken off the merry go round? I don't but there must be a few who went against doctor orders. Why don't we have money? Because were feeding it into police and fire and administration and teacher and other governmental employee salaries and the best of benefits leaving the pot empty of funding to provide necessary services. I too own guns. Like Adam's mother one could say I'm a survivalist. Country, we grew up around loaded guns and we did not touch them. Today, parents should not have guns in the home unless they have a gun safe is my opinion but their choice which I think they have the right to make. We may not always make the best choices but at times our options are limited to the choices available.
Ed Holladay December 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I probably I am not far off from your views on this. It is my belief that we overmedicate the heck out of our nation's people. It is cheaper than counseling though. Therefore we mask symptoms with drugs, rather than fix the underlying problems. Sure, we pay teachers, firefighters etc... However, many of them (teachers and cops for certain) usually have at least a bachelors. So what if they make 40k or 50k? That seems fair to me. I don't know any of them living the high life. Shrinks are not cheap either. We have never been able to afford mental health on a mass scale, and perhaps never will. I would never pay for my child to go to school to major in education, psychology or maybe even criminal justice. The tuition is way too high for such mediocre pay. Plus, like you said, some can't find jobs anyway.
vocal local 1 December 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Teachers must have a bachelors or in school working toward one. In OC they start at 41,000 plus benefits for the 180 day school year -v- the 260 day normal work year. OC cops start at apx. 56,000 with benefits and generally have a 2 year associate degree. The mean income in OC is 52,000. Mediocre Pay? I don't think so. Since when should public servants AKA governmental employee's earn more and have better benefits?
Ed Holladay December 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Working toward a degree gets you in to be a teacher... that does not sound right. If you like that salary you can send your kid off to teach, not me. Not at tuition of 10k at least a year for 4 or 5 years. I suppose we could cut teacher pay to 20k and cops to 30k and then hire psychologists at 25k. Maybe there are enough desperadoes to work for those sort of wages, even after 4-5 (6 for psychologist w/ masters) years of college. l

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