Principal was the target, confirmed!!! SECOND SUSPECT BEING LOOKED FOR.
1 CHILD CONFIRMED DEAD!!!!
All schools in the area are closed, gunman had 2 guns, both hand pistols which have been recovered. Still unclear as to how they died, suicide, or killed by police.
A lone gunman (SUSPECTED ONLY 1) at the center of a terrifying Friday morning elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed, authorities say.
The Hartford Courant reported that shortly after 9:40 a.m., the shooter was in the main office at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at least one victim had numerous gunshot wounds. Two handguns were recovered from the scene.
Mayor Mark Boughton said several victims had been taken to local hospitals. But details were sketchy. The Newtown Bee reported that a police officer carried a seriously wounded child from the building. (The Courant also said one shooter was reported dead).
Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., after it was placed on lock down, parents said.
The school is in a residential, wooded neighborhood about 90 minutes north of New York City. It has has 39 teachers and about 650 students. A reverse 911 call went out to parents warning of an incident. Parents were being reunited with children. But, NBC Connecticut reported, police are searching the area behind the school with guns drawn.
Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around 10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.
The school superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff. State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
Reports so far state the Principal of the school and another teacher were shot. Also children were seen to be injured.
1 gunman dead, police remain vigilant and search for any other suspects.