A terrible shooting at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has left 27 people dead, 18 of those children.
The ages of the children who were killed in the Elementary school shooting ranged between 5 and 10 years old, President Obama said during a nationally televised address while he wiped tears away.
At a brief news conference this afternoon, a Connecticut State Police official said the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed. “The shooter is deceased inside the building,” said police Lt. Paul Vance.
A source told the Associated Press that the suspect is 24-year old Ryan Lanza, and was armed with four weapons, two of which were 9mm handguns as well as wearing a bullet-proof vest.
CBS reported that another person is being held in police custody after he was caught in the woods, near the Newton CT elementary school, all decked out wearing camouflage.
Meanwhile, another member of Lanza’s family was also found shot to death at home in Newtown.
The elementary school shooting took place at around 9:30 a.m. today, December 14, 2012. Ryan Lanza walked into the kindergarten classroom where his mother was a teacher with a .223-caliber assault rifle. He shot and killed her and then shot 18 students in the classroom. He then proceeded to shot seven other adults, and then killed himself inside the school.
The superintendent’s office said the district locked down schools in Newtown, a town of about 28,000 population. Newtwon is located about 65 miles northeast of New York City. Other schools in neighboring towns were also locked down as a precaution. Sandy Hook Elementary School has 575 students in kindergarten through 4th grade and 42 teachers, according to federal data.
The Sandy Hook shooting would be the deadliest elementary school shooting in U.S. history.
The worst U.S. high school shooting happened in 1999 when two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killed 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves.
Schools across the nation have tried to increase security measures in hopes to not let these types of situations occur. Many schools have installed metal detectors, developed crisis plans, implemented polices to keep school doors locked and accessible only by buzzer, and put teachers and staff through intensive training sessions on how to recognize and deal with threats of any types.
Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit that works with thousands of U.S. schools to develop safety plans told Wall Street Journal, “There is no strategy that guarantees you can stop school violence, but we need to empower people to feel like they are prepared to deal with potential threats.”
Hearts and thoughts go out to all those Newtown, CT victims and their families, as well as the community, who will be struggling with this devastating elementary shooting.
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“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies these past few years,” Obama said, appearing to wipe away tears from his eyes.
“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action regardless of the politics,” he added.