Senseless Tragedy: 27 Dead, Including 20 Children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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In an act of complete senselessness, a 20 year old man, identified as Adam Lanza, killed his teacher mother, and proceeded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School,where she worked, killing 20 children, and several staff, before apparently turning a gun on himself.  I first saw a report during my lunch break from Stacey McCain.

PREVIOUSLY (12:15 p.m. ET)

Shortly before 10 a.m. ET, there was an incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 12 miles from Danbury.

The early information indicates that the school’s principal was the target of the attack. It was initially reported that three people have been wounded or injured and one person, the suspected shooter, is dead. We have additional reports from ABC News and the Hartford Courant, but I emphasize that early reports on events like this can be often be confusing and/or inaccurate.

 

For a full roundup, here is some more from the Daily Mail…

 

The gunman who today slaughtered 26 people including 20 children used his teacher mother’s own guns to shoot students in her kindergarten class during his horrific killing spree at a Connecticut elementary school, it was revealed tonight.

Adam Lanza, 20, was carrying a .223 rifle and two handguns when he entered the Sandy Hook Elementary school shortly after 9.30am and started gunning people down – after he had killed his mother Nancy, 52, at her nearby home. 

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Witnesses say he was going from room-to-room shooting people after first killing the principal Dawn Hochsprung and psychologist execution-style in the main office.

Officials said most of the slaughter occurred in two classrooms, and one entire class is unaccounted for. 

One witness told WCBS: ‘(Police) just told us everyone presumed missing is in the school and they are dead.’

shocked the quiet suburban community

 

Chaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the areaChaotic 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 morningYoung children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this morning

 
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School 
A member of the Connecticut State police leaves the scene outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School
Scenes outside Sandy Hook Elementary School this afternoon
 

A member of the Connecticut State police leaves the scene outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, left, as parents comfort each other, right

I’m not going to politicize this, or make any commentary for this post.  Frankly, once I head about the full scope of the event, and I picked up my daughter, I had a hard time functioning.  I found myself thinking of the children that will never grow up, and their parents, who will always be reminded that their little ones are gone, and will never come home again.  Today is a day of sorrow and prayer-for all of those impacted by today’s tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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