In another piece of horrifying news, at least 28 people were killed just hours ago in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School located in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 of which were children.
The school, located among wooded hills and suburban tracts in Fairfield County, serves about 700 students between kindergarten till fourth grade.
A student at the school told an NBC affiliate in Connecticut, “I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled. We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside.”
Meanwhile, some of Sandy Hook Elementary School students have already been escorted to a nearby fire station by state police officers. But it is also known that least three people were wounded and are in “very serious” condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, according to the town mayor.
However, he couldn’t say whether they were children.
One state official said that an adult gunman was believed to be dead in the shooting. He’s 24-year-old man named Adam Lanza with ties to the school (his mother was a teacher at the school) and was in possession of at least two firearms – one of which was a .223-caliber rifle used in the attacks.
According to Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance, the shooter is deceased inside the school building. Adam’s mother, on the other hand, was found dead at home.
This brings back nightmares from the Columbine High School incident in 2000, which claimed 15 lives. If the death toll is confirmed for this one, it would make Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting the deadliest in the history of K-12 shooting.
And the second deadliest shooting in US history.
We’re heartbroken. More to come as the story unfolds.