Twenty seven people are dead, including 20 children, at an elementary school where a masked gunman opened fire this morning, officials confirmed. The gunman’s mother, Nancy Lanza, worked at the school as a teacher and is presumed dead.
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According to an official, the suspect drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother’s car. Three guns were found at the scene — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols — and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.
The gunman is suspected of opening fire inside the school where his mother worked Friday, killing at least 26 people, including 20 children, by blasting his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.
Panicked parents raced 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 mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.
“Our hearts are broken today,” said President Barack Obama, as he fought back tears in a news conference this afternoon. Many of the victims were children between the ages of 5 and 10, he said. “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, weddings, graduations, kids of their own.”
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.