18 children and 9 adults said to have died
Gunman found dead inside classroom
Police continue to search the area around school
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One shooter, the father of a student at the school, was among the 27 dead, CBS News reported. Reports of a second gunman were unconfirmed.
Witnesses said at least 100 rounds were fired during the attack. The school principal and psychologist were among those killed, CNN reported.
One group of students was still unaccounted for, according to ABC, which quoted a source with a child in the school. The Hartford Courant reported that one entire classroom of students was missing outside the school.
A news conference was set to be held at 6pm BST.
It was horrendous," said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade. "Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied."
A girl interviewed by NBC Connecticut described hearing seven loud "booms" as she was in gym class. Other children began crying and teachers moved the students to a nearby office, she said.
"A police officer came in and told us to run outside and so we did," the unidentified girl said on camera.
Stephen Delgiadice, whose eight-year-old daughter attends the school, said she heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter escaped the attack unharmed.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.
One mother told CBS News the scene was like a "war zone". Her son had bullets whizzing by him in the school hallway, she said, until a teacher pulled him into a classroom.
SWAT teams were rushed to the school in the aftermath of the shooting.
Danbury Hospital had received three patients from the scene, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. The hospital has also been placed on lockdown. The mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, told MSNBC: "They are very serious injuries."
One child was carried from Sandy Hook Elementary School by a police officer, and the child appeared to have been wounded, the town's weekly newspaper, the Newtown Bee, said on its website.
Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school.
Danbury Hospital, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the school, had been put on alert for possible casualties, a hospital spokesman told Reuters.
Connecticut State Police said its officers were at the scene with local police but provided no additional details. The emergency call to police occurred at 9.41 am, state police said.
An individual answering the phone at the Newtown Police Department declined to comment.
Newtown, with a population about 27,000, is in northern Fairfield County, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 80 miles northeast of New York City.
Sandy Hook serves children in kindergarten through fourth grade, roughly ages 5 to 10. It is one of four elementary schools in the district. The town also has a grade 5-6 school, a middle school and a high school.
The United States has experienced a number of mass shooting rampages this year, most recently in Oregon, where a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall on Tuesday, killing two people and then himself.
The deadliest attack came in July at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado that killed 12 people.
18.05 (13.05) Authorities in Newtown are about to hold a press conference, where we will get our first official briefing on the tragedy that unfolded this morning.
18.01 (13.01) The school is only kindergarten through fourth grade, meaning the oldest children are 10 years old. There are 600 kids at the school.
17.59 (12.59)The scene outside Sandy Hook Elementary School is now an all too familiar one in modern America: swarms of police cars in the car park, heavily-armed officers from the SWAT team patrolling the area and new helicopters circling overhead.
17.55 (12.55) CNN is now reporting "close to 20" dead at the school, of which at least 10 are children.
17.53 (12.53) If that CBS figure of 27 dead is confirmed, and so far there has been no official confirmation, this will be the worst school massacre in the history of the United States - far outstripping Columbine in 1999 which left 13 victims dead.
17.48 (12.48) Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, says the President was informed at 10.30am and will receive regular updates throughout the day. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are involved.
17.45 (12.45)Two 9mm handguns have been recovered from the scene and police have taped off a black car in the car park outside the school.
17.44 (12.44) We're now getting reports of 27 people, including 14 children, killed at the school. There's no confirmation of that but it is an extraordinary tragedy if true.
17.41 (12.41) The shooting was reported at 9.40am EST, around three hours ago, and the situation remains very unclear. The best information we have so far is that two members of school staff are dead along with a shooter. Witnesses claim "at least 100 rounds" were fired during the incident.
17.40 (12.40) Police are responding to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where so far three people are reported to have been killed.
Edited by Boss Falcone, 14 December 2012 - 06:17 PM.