Update: The death toll of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has resulted in 20 children and 6 adults killed. The shooter, who was initially identified as Ryan Lanza, is now identified as his brother, 20 year old Adam Lanza. Adam also killed his mother Nancy Lanza, and himself.
Story is still developing as the investigation continues…
Today is a sad an absolute tragic day in America and especially to those families in Connecticut. Earlier this morning, authorities in Connecticut responded to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Although the gunman, whom CNN identifies as a student’s father Ryan Lanza, is dead, it is reported that 27 people were killed including 18 children. Unconfirmed reports say that principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist were killed, according to a parent who claimed to witness part of the attack, CNN reported.
The initial 911 call said that students were trapped in a classroom with the adult shooter who had two guns, according to WABC.
Students were escorted out of the building single-file. There are approximately 626 students enrolled in kindergarten through 4th grade classes at Sandy Hook Elementary, with another 46 faculty members, Newtown Patch reported.
A photo posted by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students – some crying, others looking visibly frightened – being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.
A reporter captured a third grader’s eye witness account of the shooting:
The HipHollywood family sends out our prayers to the victims of this tragedy. It is time to have a real discussion on guns?
In an immediate response to a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today is not the day for a debate on gun control.
“I think it’s important, on a day like today, to view this — as I know the president, as a father, does, and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event,” Carney told reporters in the daily White House press briefing. “There is, I am sure — will be, rather — a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think today is that day.” Carney did say that President Barack Obama remains committed to renewing a ban on assault weapons.
Obama cries during press conference….