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Official: 27 dead in Conn. school shooting

Posted: December 14, 2012 - 11:40am  |  Updated: December 14, 2012 - 12:19pm
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In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.    AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks
AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

The shooting appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

Parents flooded to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children in the wake of the shooting. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.

A photo taken by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students — some crying, others looking visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

Students and staff were among the victims, state police Lt. Paul Vance said a brief news conference. He also said the gunman was dead inside the school, but he refused to say how people were killed.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.

A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that police were searching a location in New Jersey in connection with the shootings. That official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries.

Mergim Bajraliu, 17, heard the gunshots echo from his home and raced to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was fine, heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.

"Everyone was just traumatized," he said.

Richard Wilford's 7-year-old son, Richie, is in the second grade at the school. His son told him that he heard a noise that "sounded like what he described as cans falling."

The boy told him a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived.

"There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."

The White House said Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and his spokesman Jay Carney said the president had "enormous sympathy for families that are affected."

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spwright 12/14/12 - 02:33 pm
Grief & Sorrow

Fri. pm 12/14/12
This is the Time of sincere Grief & Sorrow & Sadness.

Our total focus should be with the Surviving Family Members.

No One wants to Hear any Political Views or Politics.
Would You stand up in the middle of a Funeral & rant about
the 2nd Amendment. Now is NOT the time for that.

How does a Parent explain this to a Kinder age 5 ?

This Hurts Our Souls


Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 12/14/12 - 03:10 pm
Heart Breaking

Once again we see people getting killed by other people and the choice of weapon is guns.
This is very sad that so many have to die because we simply wont allow everyone to be trained and pack weapons every where we are. Bad people will use any and all tools at their desposal to destroy others in this every continual game of hate and vengiance for who knows why.
We need to allow everyone to be trained and carry weapons to help stop the massive killings of others.
If the adults would have been packing this would have been stopped probably with far less deaths.
Have retired military stand guard at schools. Have retired military work as TSA. The thing is that guns don't kill people and if they outlaw guns then only bad people will have them or military and LE and that's not gonna work either in this fight of hate and distruction against humans thats getting worse every day. America is not the only nation where this happens so it's a Global thing of hate against humans every where no matter the race, or age or nationality under the leadership of men. What a sad sickening mess this hate and distruction at every turn by many methods commited nonstop against all of us humans by wickedness.
There was a wacko in China that used a knife to slice up 22 school kids this morning or yesterday i guess. So you see it's every where this hate and desire to kill and destroy and many differant tools are used to get-r-done, but you can't outlaw every tool or we would have nothing or anything in the form of useful tools.
I really don't know what to say other than it's not tools that kill people, it's broken people that kill people.
Prayers for these cities and citizens, America and China.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 12/14/12 - 03:39 pm
22 school kids sliced in China school as well

On a news site i often review it was reported that 22 school kids in Henan Province, China were sliced by a knife welding man today as well.
It happens every where and by many means as i said before. It's not the tools that are the problem, it's bad people using differant tools.

Sadness every where Globally from bad people hurting other people.

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