An adult gunman at a Connecticut elementary school has murdered 27 people, including 20 children. The shooter is dead after the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, The New York Times reports. The gunman was in possession of at least two firearms.
The gunman wore black combat garb and a military vest. Gunshots and screams had been heard over the school public address system. The classroom where the shooter's mother worked as a kindergarten teacher was the scene of the majority of the casualties. The principal and school psychologist are reported to be among the dead.
Adam Lanza, 20, was confirmed dead by police. There was initially confusion over the perpetrator's identity, with sources initially reporting his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as the shooter.
The incident sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.
Connecticut's governor was on the scene in Newtown. The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and was receiving updates.
"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," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
The death toll is the highest from a school shooting in U.S. history since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999.
Via The New York Times and NBC News.