Children were reportedly told to run out of the building with their eyes closed after the incident occurred Friday. Reports from the Hartford Courant suggest that the shooting took place inside of a kindergarten classroom.
A total of 28 are dead, including 20 children, according to Connecticut state police Lt. Paul Vance. Only one person made it out injured, but alive. The gunman was also killed.
According to Hartford Courant reporter Dave Altimari, the gunman was “heavily armed” with “multiple weapons when he entered the school.” He was also reported to be wearing camouflage and a bullet proof vest. At least three guns were used — two pistols and, according to the BBC and AP, a .223-caliber assault rifle:
Law enforcement officials identified the gunman as 20 year-old Adam Lanza. His brother, 24 year-old Ryan Lanza, is being held for questioning. The mother of the Lanzas, one of those killed in the shooting, worked as a teacher at the school. Every person in the kindergarten classroom of Lanza’s mother was reportedly killed in the attack.
The Sandy Hook school serves children in grades kindergarten through 4th. The entire school system in the area was on lock down earlier in the day, but parents have come forward to bring the children who survived the shooting home. ABC News points out this chilling statistic: There have been an estimated 31 school shootings since the shooting at Columbine in 1999.