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Twenty-eight people were killed, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school after a 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage Friday.

The slayings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a Patch town of about 28,000 people located an hour outside of Stamford. Newtown Police descended on the school around 9:30 a.m. after a 911 call.

At a Friday press conference, authorites said 20 children and seven adults were killed, in addition to the gunman. Other reports have said the school's principal and a school psychologist were among the dead.

The alleged shooter was armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities are currently searching his father’s home in New Jersey as part of the investigation. The suspect's mother lives in Newtown and was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which has close to 600 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. She was among those killed, according to several news reports.

Police also have a second suspect in custody. According to eyewitness accounts, police found a man in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants and took him in for questioning. As the man passed parents gathered near the school, he said, “I didn’t do it,” according to CBS News.

A parent interviewed on CBS News told the network his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming from the principal’s office. Her teacher then immediately locked the classroom door as a safety precaution.

A fourth-grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School told Connecticut’s Channel 7 that he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman.

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.

Authorities said the scene is now secure and there is no longer a threat to public safety. They will be providing more details and holding another press conference on the incident as soon as they notify the families of the victims.

Newtown is a Patch town, so we have editors and reporters on the ground providing constant updates. To follow the developments, visit the main story here. 

Also, here's a link to a stream of photos and tweets from the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Feel free to share your thoughts in our comments section.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong age for the apparent gunman. He was 20, not 24.

Don Peterson December 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM
"If we make it harder to get assault rifles, huge caches of ammunition, increase waiting periods, restrict undocumented sale of guns at gun shows, licenses gun ownership" None of those things had anything to do with this situation! The 4 guns found were LEGAL and REGISTERED to his mother... This took 1 GUN and 30 BULLETS... No huge cache of ammo etc etc etc etc... Please at least be real about the facts...
Alberto Barrera December 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM
met00, While I don't totally agree with the results of this test, considering that most people already have a gun cocked, you should agree that at ten paces, both weapons can be equally dangerous in the hands of an experienced user. (go ahead and skip to 3:37 in the interest of saving time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckz7EmDxhtU
Alberto Barrera December 15, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Mexico can be somewhat considered as an example in gun law. Obtaining a gun is nearly impossible to do legally, and yet most murders today are carried out by cartels with all kinds of guns. I said "somewhat" because many of these weapons come from the US, but they also come from the rebels in Columbia and from stockpiles left over from South American regimes. Either way, a government that has exclusive access to guns will in nearly all cases use them against dissidents.
Janet Whitcomb December 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Shripathi, please tell us the names of those two spiritual leaders. I think they should be known.
MFriedrich December 18, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The scary thing is that there are hundreds of thousands of Americans right now with identical thinking to Ms. Lanza (mother) - convinced of a soon coming Armageddon-scenario for the United States, where the economy collapses, and law-and-order with it. What's left is a surreal "Walking Dead" scenario. The people with food, assault rifles, ammo and higher ground survive. Everyone else - the criminals, poor, hungry and have nots are the zombies. We are becoming a nation of selfish degenerates who hate and distrust one another more and more. And strangely, it's becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy - We really can't be trusted.

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