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    A gunman killed 26 people, 20 of them children between the ages of 5 and 10, in a shooting on Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, the authorities said.

    The gunman, who was believed to be in his 20s, walked into a classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then shot 20 students, most in the same classroom. He also shot five other adults, and then killed himself inside the school.

    Another body related to the shooting was at another scene, the authorities said, declining to provide more specifics.

    A law enforcement official identified the shooter as Adam Lanza and said that a brother, Ryan Lanza, had been questioned.

    The mass shooting is among the worst in the nation’s history.

    “The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” a visibly distraught President Obama said during a nationally televised address Friday afternoon.

    After pausing to compose himself for perhaps five long seconds, Mr. Obama said, “They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

    Then the president wiped the corner of his eye.

    Some witnesses described a harrowing scene inside the school with the sounds of gunfire followed by sounds of screams.

    One 9-year-old student said he was in the gym when the shooting erupted.

    “We were in the gym, and I heard really loud bangs,” said the boy, as he stood shivering and weeping outside the school with his father’s arms draped around him. “We thought that someone was knocking something over. And we heard yelling, and we heard gunshots. We heard lots of gunshots. We heard someone say, ‘Put your hands up.’ I heard, ‘Don’t shoot.’ We had to go into the closet in the gym. Then someone came and told us to run down the hallway. There were police at every door. There were lots of people crying and screaming.”

    Another student at the school told an NBC affiliate in Connecticut: “I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled. We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside.”

    State police said the Newtown police called them shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. “On- and off-duty troopers responded to the school, and with Newtown police immediately upon arrival entered the school and began an active shooter search,” Lieutenant Vance said.

    Eighteen of the students were pronounced dead at the school, and two others were taken to hospitals where they were declared dead. All the adults shot at the school were pronounced dead at the scene.

    Meredith Artley, the managing editor of CNN.com, said that someone who works at the school told her the shooting happened in the hallway. “She described it as a ‘Pop, pop, pop,'” Ms. Artley said. “She said three people went out into the hall and only one person came back, the vice principal, she said, who was shot in the leg or the foot, who came crawling back. She cowered under the table and called 911. She never saw the shooting. There must have been a hundred rounds.”

    Mr. Obama was briefed on the shooting at 10:30 a.m., the White House said.

    “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in these past few years and each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent and that was especially true today,” Mr. Obama said on Friday afternoon. “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

    One nearby hospital, Danbury Hospital, said it was treating three patients from the shooting scene. At the hospital, stunned-looking personnel in white coats looked shaken as they gathered in small groups talking about the shooting. In a corner near the gift shop, one woman comforted a weeping colleague.

    In the coffee shop, a few customers finished their sandwiches at the lunch counter and the cashier wiped tears from her eyes as she rang up customers.

    nurse at the hospital, Maureen Kerins, lives close to the school and after learning of the shooting from the television hurried to the school to see if she could help. “I stood outside waiting to go in, but a police officer came out and said they didn't need any nurses so I knew it wasn’t good,'’ Ms. Kerins said.

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy arrived at the scene of the shooting on Friday afternoon.

    The school, located among wooded hills and suburban tracts in Fairfield County, 12 miles east of Danbury, serves kindergarten through fourth grade. The school has about 700 students.

    “It’s just a little country school,'’ said Robert Place, 65, as he stood near the scene. “The look is very ′50s or ′60s. One floor. It’s always had a good reputation. People come to Newtown for the schools.'’

    The school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was reportedly one of those shot. But at the home of her daughter Cristina Hassinger, in Oakville, Conn., the family was still awaiting any news of her fate.

    “We’re looking for any hope,” said Ryan Hassinger, the son-in-law of the principal. “If she’s in the hospital, any chance is better.”

    He said that his wife, Cristina, 28, and “her sister are there now,” with Connecticut state troopers, and that he and other relatives were awaiting word on any news.

    “I looked on Twitter and it says that she is passed,” Mr. Hassinger said. But, he added, the family was “just waiting.”

    In front of a senior center next door to the school, a 20-year-old woman was with her 4-year-old sister, who was in the school at the time of the shooting. The older woman came to pick up her younger sister along with their mother. The girl had her arms and legs wrapped around her older sister.

    When a reporter asked the woman what the little girl knew of what had happened, the woman said, “Absolutely nothing, and we don’t plan to tell her anything.”
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    This is just absolutely deplorable. There are really no words. Hell is to good for this coward. My prayers and well wishes got out to all the families and victims of this insane massacre.
    I LOVE conspiracy theorists. They are like human versions of the cymbal clapping, dancing monkeys. No one takes them all that seriously and they get bored with them after about 10 minutes.

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    Been following this all day, and I just can't even imagine what it's like in Newtown right. My heart has pretty much been hurting all day.


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    • #3
      I'm still in shock...

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      • #4
        It's heart breaking, that's about all I can say. truly heart breaking. Sadness beyond words.

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        • #5
          I should call my mom. She didn't work in that school, but she used to work at the High School in that district.

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          • #6
            I've been avoiding this story because I don't want to deal with it. The reality of it is just too much. Some people are just the worst.

            Originally posted by Mister Ed View Post
            I should call my mom. She didn't work in that school, but she used to work at the High School in that district.
            Aw man, yeah. She might know some of the staff there or something. You should definitely talk to her.
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            DID ANYONE READ THE ARTICLE?!!!!!!

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            • #7
              I got through the kid's story and I had to stop. Jesus Christ. We did those Intruder drills in school but I just can't imagine having to actually go through something like that.
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              Originally posted by W.West
              DID ANYONE READ THE ARTICLE?!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Every time I think or hear about it I get so angry and all I can think of is how close to the holidays it is for something like this to happen. What could children have possibly done to you to deserve this??
                I LOVE conspiracy theorists. They are like human versions of the cymbal clapping, dancing monkeys. No one takes them all that seriously and they get bored with them after about 10 minutes.

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                • #9
                  The media's handling of the story has been atrocious, and in many ways is making the situation even more upsetting. Shoving microphones in kids' faces to get their reaction to what happened, sharing names of suspected gunman when they aren't even 100% sure of the names.

                  Just sickening.


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                  • #10
                    What baffles me is that there seems to be no justified reason. I imagine the gunman had a bad childhood, or thinks life is not good ennougth and thinks people are better off dead, because at the end of the day, this must have a reason behind it, I highly doubt the gunman just randomly thought one day "I know, I'll shoot a schoold of innocent children" and then did it. Must have been messed up real bad.
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                    • #11
                      my heart goes out to the family's members


                      sidenote: say goodbye to your gun rights

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Deadpool View Post
                        What baffles me is that there seems to be no justified reason. I imagine the gunman had a bad childhood, or thinks life is not good ennougth and thinks people are better off dead, because at the end of the day, this must have a reason behind it, I highly doubt the gunman just randomly thought one day "I know, I'll shoot a schoold of innocent children" and then did it. Must have been messed up real bad.

                        Of course there was no "justified reason". None can possibly exist for this. As to what his rationalization was, if he wasn't just completely insane and acting randomly, who knows? Apparently he shot up his mom's classroom? Possibly he felt his childhood sucked badly, and blamed his mom, and felt like she always cared more about her students than him, and so resented the innocent kids for that reason? If I were writing such a scene in a work of fiction, that's what I'd come up with (though I can't imagine myself ever writing such a piece by choice), but real life seldom seems to have such "neat" answers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IonFan View Post
                          my heart goes out to the family's members


                          sidenote: say goodbye to your gun rights
                          Couldn't just leave it at something nice huh?

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                          • #14
                            Wow this is absolutely horrendous.

                            My thoughts go out the families of all those affected

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Scarecrow View Post
                              Couldn't just leave it at something nice huh?
                              it's the truth isn't it, i mean how many more of these will it take before no one but cops (and the bad guys ) will be allowed to have guns?

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