By RACHEL QUIGLEY
At least 27 people are dead – including more than a dozen children – after a gunman who is believed to be a student’s father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in the main office of the school at 9.41am.
A witness said gunshots were heard in the hallway and that ‘100 rounds’ must have been fired. At least 27 people are feared dead – including children, the principal and another teacher – and a number of others seriously injured.
State police sources said one shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are still unconfirmed.
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Traumatized students were seen being led out of the school crying and holding hands
Chaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the area
Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this morning
A black Honda believed to belong to the shooter has been cordoned off
A shooter opened fire at the elementary school shooting at least 20 people – more than a dozen children are believed to be dead
Terrified parents rushed to the school desperately trying to reach their children as hundreds of officers swarmed over the school.
The shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in American schools and colleges, that is especially shocking given the age of the students involved
Speaking with MSNBC, one mother said she had heard the principal had been shot dead. ‘The principal was killed and some other people were shot,’ the unidentified woman said outside the school.
Her daughter added: ‘Miss Martin closed the door and we went into the corner’, before the gunman let out ‘lots of shots’. Dawn Hochsprung, 47, has been the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary school since July 2010.
One teacher is confirmed to have been shot in the foot and is being treated at a local hospital. The mayor said they are not releasing names until next of kin have been notified.
Two handguns have been recovered at the scene and police have cordoned off a black Honda believed to belong to the dead shooter.
There are said to be a number of people with injuries. At least three are being treated at a local hospital.
It is unclear if the shooter shot himself or was killed by an officer.