20 children die in Connecticut shooting

Posted By: CBS · 12/14/2012 10:58:00 PM

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A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked Friday, killing at least 26 people, including 20 children, by blasting his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.

The attack, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

Lt. Paul Vance with the Newtown police department told the media that 18 of the children died on the scene; two other died later in hospital. 6 adults also died, not including the shooter.

Panicked parents raced to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children in the wake of the shooting. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.

Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher.

"That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he said. "He was very brave. He waited for his friends."

He said the shooter didn't utter a word.

Shooter identified

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred.                                                                                                        

Authorities say the suspect killed his mother at home prior to the school rampage.

Initially, Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., was questioned by police.

It was later learned the brother had nothing to do with the massacre.

An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation. 

The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter was in the school and heard two big bangs. Teachers told her to get in a corner, he said.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said. His daughter was fine.

Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries.

Mergim Bajraliu, 17, heard the gunshots echo from his home and ran to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was fine, heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.

"Everyone was just traumatized," he said.

Richard Wilford's 7-year-old son, Richie, is in the second grade at the school. His son told him that he heard a noise that "sounded like what he described as cans falling."

The boy told him a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived.

"There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."

Photos: via AP

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  1. Jenny posted on 12/14/2012 01:17 PM
    How very sad. I am crying for those little angels that lost their lives so early. I am praying for the rest of the students, and mostly the parents of those children that lost their lives. I cannot stop crying because as a mom I cannot comprehend how these parents will go on without their little angels. What is WRONG with people today? Why go into a school and take lives so senselessly? God be with everyone in Connecticut.
  2. Georgia posted on 12/14/2012 01:37 PM
    Wow! That is so sad. Something must be wrong with this world, for this kind of thing to happen.
  3. Paul posted on 12/14/2012 03:11 PM
    How many more of these horrific moments do we need to hear about, before effective gun control laws are put into place? I'm so sick and tired of groups like the NRA who claim that guns don't kill people, people kill people...well guess what...without the guns, you wouldn't have these kinds of scenarios where mulitudes of innocent lives die in schools or theatres. The right to bear arms? Maybe they should remember that we're no longer in the wild west days.
  4. Mike D posted on 12/14/2012 04:21 PM
    27 dead sponsered by the NRA!!!!

    God bless these poor people.
    1. LMAO posted on 12/15/2012 09:13 AM
      @Mike D I am sorry Mike but you would still have these things happen even without the guns available to day. Just because one person may be stabbed to death instead of multiple people shot is not a step forward it is just lessening the value of human life. These events have happened world wide in countries with very strict gun laws and have not prevented these tragedies.
      As a human race we need to know why people are driven to hate those around them so much that they want to do this kind of thing. Only them can we see an end to these horrible events.
      My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones.
  5. Merika posted on 12/14/2012 04:45 PM
    I am at work right now following up on this news story and I'm finding it very hard to hold in my tears. I am a mother of two beautiful girls, and I am in pain for those parents who have lost their children today.
    It's absolutely sickening to think someone could do this, and yet it keeps happening. I have heard of incidents in daycares in China, that make me extremely fearful of that happening here too.
    When these school shootings first started happening, I thought that one day it was going to happen in shopping malls, or even churches, and sadly, I wasn't wrong. My fear today is of it happening in daycares...Highschools, elementary schools, what's next?
  6. craig posted on 12/14/2012 05:21 PM
    I rather To see the Law Change Of Those are Using the Guns bec it is not safe To use
    And I think they should Ban To Not use Firearms In public Place.....
  7. Drew posted on 12/15/2012 08:41 AM
    The Right to Bear Arms and this is what you get ! If you need a clone of a M16 to go hunting, you have a serious problem: you can not shoot. So take up another hobby like wood working.
    My heart reaches out to the parents of the 20 children
  8. sam posted on 12/15/2012 10:47 PM
    I am so deeply sad with this story and heart broken for all those families.
    I am also heartbroken by one of these photos. A family walking, with their children safe and the mother is clearly texting someone. Is this really your thought? I would be hugging and holding onto my children for deal life not my iphone.
    What is wrong with this world?
    1. Veets posted on 12/17/2012 12:54 PM
      @sam Uh Sam, she's probably on the phone telling a family member that her children haven't been murdered.
  9. sk posted on 12/19/2012 12:02 PM
    handgun related deaths in Canada last year= in the 40's
    handgun related deaths in the u.s last year= over 10,000
    yes the u.s has a larger pop. but even if they have 10 times the amount of people
    41 vs 1000 is still an s-load
    pretty sure things would change with strickter laws.
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