By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
According to CNN and the Associated Press, a gunman opened fire this morning in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Elementary was evacuated only after the shooter had opened fire in a hallway inside the school.
The shooter was identified as Adam Lanza, 20, who died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He is the son of one of the teachers, who he killed during his rampage. Multiple reports originally had fatalities ranging from 20-27 people, including between 12-18 children. Hours later, it was confirmed that 20 children died, ranging in age from 5-10, along with seven adults.
Evacuees were sent to a local firehouse as parents scrambled to from their workplaces to find their children.
Lanza came into the school reportedly with two handguns, wearing a bulletproof vest. Police were called about 9:40 am, according to Connecticut state police. Reports are circulating that over 100 shots were fired. According to the Associated Press, the shooter used a .233 caliber-rifle.
The victims were sent to the Danbury Hospital, about three miles from the school. The rest of the Newtown School District was under lockdown, as well as surrounding community’s schools. The FBI is investigating the shooting. There are also unconfirmed reports that there was another person connected to the shooting that is in custody.
In a press conference at 1:45pm, Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police gave a small briefing of the shooting and what happened. He did not confirm the number of fatalities, but has since confirmed the area is secure.
Roy Ochiogrosso, Senior Advisor to Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, said Malloy was meeting with the parents of the victims during the press conference, which is why he was not present.
The investigation is still ongoing, and President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting. He spoke later in the day, holding back tears, clearly upset at the tragedy at his press conference.