18 Children Among At Least 27 Dead In Newtown Elementary School Massacre

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS New York At least 27 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Friday morning. The shooting appears to be the second-deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history, exceeded only by the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

The gunman has been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, CBS News reported. He was found dead inside the building from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sources told CBS 2.

One of the adult victims is Lanza’s mother who was a teacher at the school, sources told CBS 2. Some of the child victims were her students, sources said. State Police Lt. Paul Vance would only say that students and staff were among those killed. He would not give details on the exact number of victims and said families were being notified.

A law enforcement source told CBS News two pistols, a Sig and a Glock, were found in the school and a Bushmaster rifle was found in a car. A preliminary trace shows that the guns belonged to Lanza.

A second suspect has been taken into police custody in Hoboken, New Jersey, CBS News reported. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press the person taken into custody is Lanza’s younger brother.

At least three people were injured — two children and an adult. All three were taken to Danbury Hospital. Their conditions are not known. source – CBS 


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