At Least 26 Dead In Elementary School Shooting In CT

According to reports, at least twenty-six people, including at least 14 children, have been killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. It seems a gunman entered the school around 9:40am this morning armed with a pair of guns. Police are looking for a red or maroon van with the back windows blown out that may have been driven by a second gunman.

SWAT teams arrived after reports of the shooting. CBS reports:

CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller additionally reports the gunman is 20 years old and is from New Jersey.

The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. It is not known whether the shooter took his own life or was killed.

Two students and a teacher were also injured in the shooting and they were taken to Dansbury Hospital, spokeswoman Diane Burke told CBS News York.

The school and local hospitals where patients were transported were placed on lockdown for a short time, but that was lifted as bus routes began to run after the lockdown was lifted from the school.

CBS was reporting that 27 people were killed, including 14 children, while Fox was reporting that 26 people were killed, including 18 children.

The shooting is one of the largest school shootings in the United States, compared to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting which claimed the lives of 13 and the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007 were 32 were killed.

While our hearts go out to the families at this time, we can expect the liberal talking heads will be all over this today and over the weekend calling for more gun control laws, the likes of which would not have stopped this incident or anyone like it.

UPDATE: Already pundits are saying this should give political capital for more gun control laws and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the administration's actions towards this. See, told ya so!

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  • Doc

    It's hard to
    believe that a tragedy likes this brings so much blindness to the American
    public. If you outlaw guns only the idiots will have them. The people here who
    want to attack the NRA have no idea what the NRA is even all about. Take a look
    at the responses from those opposed to the NRA, " Kill the NRA Members" "Kill
    the President of the NRA. Quite frankly I hope you are the ones that don't have
    access to a firearm, or an axe, knife, acid , bomb making material car or
    anything else that could have caused the tragedy. Look at what your posting!
    Your response is hypocritical. If a knife welding group invades your house where
    you are there with you children, you maybe be able to take a mature look at
    what's going on around you instead of a knee jerk response to a terrible

  • servant

    When we insist living as animals,God withdraws His power from them, yet He then gives it to others who are willing to life as He wants us to. Read Matthew 24 and remember all the headlines about what Matthew writes about! Then know the time of the end is near.
    Q: Are U able to stand at that time?

  • Mike S.

    America weeps for 20 children murdered in just one day. Why are we not weeping for the thousands of unborn children we kill every year? Are we saying it is OK for the GOVERNMENT to kill our babies, but not anyone else?? Yes I weep for the children who have been killed at a deranged persons hand, but I also weep for the children that will never get to the first grade, they will not breath the air, eat, or be loved. No they are torn from their safe place, (school?) ripped into pieces and sucked through a tube to be discarded as garbage. This should make AMERICA WEEP!!!!

  • Brom

    I have a hard time believing that a geeky 20 year old, who has never
    fired a weapon, walked into a school with a shotgun, AR15, and 2 hand
    guns, and used them with proficiency. Now they want us to believe that
    the guns belonged to this guy's
    mother?!? How many moms own an AR15, shotgun, an $800 Sig handgun, and a
    Glock? Why was he covering his face if he was going to kill himself?
    Why did he have 4 firearms when all he needed was one? Why is this the
    second mass shooting during the Obama administration where the alleged
    shooter wore a mask, tactical gear, and carried the very guns they are
    trying to ban: assault rifles, shotguns, and high capacity handguns?
    How convenient is it that the only person who could debunk this story is
    the mother, and she just happened to have been shot in the face
    (assassinated). The Dark Knight shooting was the same: a man with no
    shooting experience, wearing tactical gear, gas mask - to hide his
    identity, armed with a shotgun, assault rifle, and 2 handguns manages to
    shoot at nearly 100% accuracy in a dark-smokey-loud theater, with
    moving targets. None of this adds up folks - just like the theater
    shooting, and the temple shooting. I'm sickened by the innocent
    children who lost their lives, but we need to look at the stories
    they're feeding us, and ask if they make sense. They don't!

  • Jack

    America is reaping what they sow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Humanist11

    How could God let this happen? Is this one of those times when Christians simply say "God works in mysterious ways" or that "God needed more angels by his side"? How do you rationalize this evil act with God's perfect plan for us? This tragedy is the best evidence that there is no god. Stop praying (like God will stop letting kids get killed if you simply ask him), wake up to reality and take real action.


    The shooter had mental problems and was not institutionalized! He killed his mother and went to the school she substituted in and killed the principal, 6 other adults, and 20 5 yr old kids. God, if only one adult had a firearm he would have been stopped. Law-abiding people with guns save lives. Where's Obama? Four years in office he threw around $1Trillion Taxpayer's dollars to so-called Stimulus, TARP, union and financial bailouts, green farce campaign donor paybacks-BUT NO MONEY TO PUT POLICE IN EVERY SCHOOL! Plenty of money for teachers, but not for school cops to save our innocent kids? And, how about locking up mentally ill people? What say you Mr. President? How about staying off the golf course and doing your job? Four years and kids are still getting killed by crazies in school.