Gunman killed in US school shooting

2012-12-14 18:55

Connecticut - A school shooting in the US state of Connecticut ended with the shooter dead on Friday, with at least one teacher wounded and frightened students fleeing outdoors.

The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

It wasn't clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.

The superintendent's office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, in western Connecticut about 96km northeast of New York City.

State police said Newtown police called them around 13:40 GMT.

A photo posted by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed young students - some crying, others looking frightened - being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each others' shoulders.

  • christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-14 19:08

    This is just awful!!

      Marandi Msimango - 2012-12-14 19:32


      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 19:56

      Current Fox News: At least 26 dead ... 16 children and 8 adults 19h56...

  • alex.gush.3 - 2012-12-14 19:14

    Becoming more and more common place.

  • khazi.cele - 2012-12-14 19:44

    What is wrong with people?

  • jacque.fransman - 2012-12-14 19:57

    En dan kla mens hier in S.A oor vuurwapen lisensies en misdaad die tweede skiet voorval in amper 5maande in die VSA dan is ek maar bly ek woon in S.A.

      wdvilliers - 2012-12-14 22:07

      Hier doen ons 52 per dag gogga!!!

      kseyffert - 2012-12-14 22:33

      Die groot probleem is dat die onder wysers mag ook nie wapens skool toe draa nie. Die waarheid is dat daar altyd siek mense in ons midde sal wees. Ons MOEt beryd wees om ons te verdedig teen hulle. En dit beteeken dat ons moet beryd wees om self wapens te draa. Dit maak min saak of ons van vuur wapens praat of nie. Die siekes sal altyd daar wees en hulle sal 'n metode kry om hul strond rond te stry.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-14 20:48

    In India with the death penalty they are having similar tendency ... Expressing grave concern over the recent attacks on women, the Bombay High Court today said the common man is no more afraid of the law and police machinery.

      wdvilliers - 2012-12-14 22:08

      ANd your point is?????

  • zip.reeper - 2012-12-14 21:10

    school psychologist also shot dead. london telegraph/agencies report says shooter 20 year old parent of pupil at school, that can't be right? start young these days, don't they.

  • geldenhuis - 2012-12-15 06:38

    I am living in South Africa here is a lot of crime but not thatl.

      denny.cray - 2012-12-15 16:14

      We have 50 people murdered every day here. No presidential tears, just another statistic.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-15 07:13

    How old was the shooter judging by the article and looking at the pic looks like a primary school , if a student of this school how did he get hold of a gun ? so tragic , as a parent you send your child to school and think they are safe and then to find out they have been shot , very tragic and my condolences to all those who lost loved ones

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-12-15 08:23

    our hearts are broken ! shameful !

  • azizanana.ngoiepado - 2012-12-15 10:06

    so sad

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