School shooting in Newtown, Redding schools not on lockdown

Friday, 3:50 p.m. — It has now been confirmed that at least 28 people were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Friday morning, including 20 children. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance has asked members of the media to “leave the parents alone” and noted that the scene in Newtown is “tragic.”

In a press conference Friday afternoon, an emotional President Obama addressed the nation, saying, “Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain. As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago. These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics. This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight and they need all of us right now in hard days to come.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy also expressed his grief for those involved in the shooting in a press conference and has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half mass.

Lt. Vance will give another public briefing at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Original post — There was a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday, Dec. 14. While some school districts closer to Newtown, and including Newtown, are on lockdown, Redding Schools are operating under a normal schedule but there is a police presence at the schools.

Reports from people at scene indicate that an adult at the school has been killed. A teacher was shot in the foot and some children suffered minor injuries.

Schools in Newtown, Bethel and Brookfield remain in lockdown.

The Internet is being flooded with contradictory information regarding the number of casualties and status of the situation.

Reports on the number of shooters range from one, who was reportedly killed, to two, to three and several other rumors.

NBC Connecticut, WVIT, is simulcasting its live coverage from the scene at NBCConnecticut.com

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