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.
BREAKING: Official with knowledge of Conn. school shooting: 27 dead, including 18 children
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 14, 2012
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.