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Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide

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State police personnel led children from the school following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Dec. 14, 2012. (Shannon Hicks/The Newtown Bee) State police personnel led children from the school following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Dec. 14, 2012. (Shannon Hicks/The Newtown Bee)

NEWTOWN, Conn. – A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, killing 26 people - including 20 children.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Newtown Police received a 911 call reporting a possible shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School located at 12 Dickenson Drive in Newtown.

Newtown Officers immediately responded and requested assistance from Connecticut State Police. Surrounding police agencies also sent assistance to the scene; troopers, both on-duty and off-duty also responded.

When they arrived, teams of troopers and officers formed "Active Shooter Teams" and immediately entered the school. Teams rescued students and staff, moving them to safe locations as they searched for the shooting suspect within the building.

Connecticut State Police say the shooting was confined to one section of the school, in two different rooms. They also confirmed that the shooter was not voluntarily let into the school, but that he "forceably entered" the school.

Once the building was secured, the shooter was found deceased. Newtown EMS personnel then entered to provide emergency care for the wounded.

Eighteen children were pronounced dead at the scene, and two children were transported to Danbury Hospital and later pronounced dead. Six adult victims were also pronounced dead at the scene.

The perimeter of the school was also searched and secured by responding law enforcement.

Investigators began processing the scene immediately, documenting the crime scene, identifying and gathering both physical and forensic evidence.

The primary focus of the major crime investigators was to work with the state's medical examiner to establish the identity of all the deceased victims. This was finished overnight Friday, and the next of kin were all notified.

Connecticut State Police assigned a trooper or officer to the family of each victim to establish and maintain an open line of communication. This was put into place so families of the victims can have immediate contact for any questions they may have and to also provide state police investigators the ability to communicate with families without delay.

State Police Major Crime Investigators are continuing to process the school crime scene, gathering evidence and documenting the entire facility. State Police Detectives assisted by Newtown Detectives processed the interior and exterior crime scene. Teams of investigators have slowly completed the exterior investigations.

The school scene is still being processed by detectives and it's anticipated that this process will take several days.

A second crime scene was located by investigators at a residence on Yogananda Street. A female was located deceased inside the residence. This scene was secured and an additional State Police Major Crime Squad responded to this scene to investigate this incident.

Officials are interviewing witnesses, but will not release their statements until the investigation is complete. It has been confirmed that four weapons were seized, and law enforcement officials are pouring over their history in their investigation. 

Troopers are continuing to follow any and all leads in this case and are using law enforcement in-state as well as out of state as required.

On Sunday, the suspect was identified as Adam Lanza, 20, and the body found at the second crime scene was identified as his mother, Nancy Lanza, 52.

During a Sunday press briefing, Lt. J. Paul Vance addressed misinformation posted on various social media sites, including "indications, quotes by people posing as the shooter."

Lt. Vance addressed these posts, and made it clear that mimics and threats are considered crimes. Once identified, these posters could be arrested and face possible prosecution.

A motive for the shooting, although speculated upon by many, will not be commented on by police until the entire investigation has been completed.

President Obama spoke at a vigil held in Newtown, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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