At least 26 people are dead, 20 of them children, after an early morning school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Earlier reports say that two shooters entered the school and opened fire on the students at Shady Hook Elementary.
So far nine people have been confirmed dead, and at least two dozen students have been shot. Police are reportedly looking for a vehicle that was seen leaving town that may have contained a second shooter.
Four weapons have been recovered from the scene; one of the shooters, a 24-year-old man, was found dead inside the school. According to early reports, one of the shooters entered the building dressed in tactical gear. Reports say he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying at least four guns, one of them a .223-caliber rifle
The latest reports say the shooter’s mother worked at the school, and is among those who have died. Officials are now reporting that there may be deaths at other locations outside the school from an earlier shooting.
The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, apparently targeted his mother’s classroom, where most of the shooting occurred, according to CBS News. There are also reports coming in that a second suspect was taken into custody after a man dressed in black tactical gear was found in the woods outside the school.
The shooter’s younger brother has also been taken into custody by New Jersey State Police.