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Breaking: Elementary School Shooting Leaves at Least 27 Dead in Newtown, CT

Major news outlets are reporting that a gunman has killed at least 27 people, many of them children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.   It is said to be the worst school shooting in history second worst school shooting in history, after the Virginia Tech Massacre, which left 33 dead. Newtown lies about 65 miles northeast of New York City and 40 miles west of Wesleyan, just off of I-84.

The Hartford Courant is reporting the at least 27 are dead, including at least 18 children.  A more conservative estimate from earlier in the day put the death toll at 12, but the AP just released the higher figure, which spread quickly.

The first calls came in at 9:30 a.m. this morning.   According to the Courant, one entire classroom was completely unaccounted for as of 10:30.  Apparently, many of the victims were in one particular kindergarten class.  There is no indication that the shooter had any relation to the school or students.

Man with Gun Arrested at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ in New Haven

There has been a spate of apparent Aurora copycat attempts (or interpreted attempts) in the few weeks since the shooting, and the latest is too close to home not to note here. According to the New York Post, a 46-year-old man was arrested last night at a New Haven movie theater (Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas, a few blocks from Yale) for carrying a loaded handgun into the theater. He seems to have resisted arrest, though he did have a permit for the gun and his intentions are unclear:

Officers arrived at the Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday after managers reported a man inside with a gun. It wasn’t clear whether the call was about Hwang or someone else.

About a dozen people were inside waiting for the movie to begin, police said. Officers asked each of them to raise their hands and file out, where they were patted down, according to a news release.

Hwang remained in his seat using his cellphone, police said. Police said he refused to put his hands up and was taken into custody by force. The gun was found in his waistband near the small of his back, police said.