POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:30pm
Elementary school children and staff killed when gunman opens fire in Connecticut school.
At least 26 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut Friday morning.
Frantic parents rushed back to Sandy Hook Elementary School, desperate for any information about their kids inside.
"We just ran like every other parent and found we couldn't get to the school," said one father.
"A friend of mine said a masked man came in and just started shooting," added woman outside the school.
Survivors said teachers scrambled to protect their students.
"We were doing morning meeting, we heard shots and everybody went on the ground. Ms. Martin closed the door and we went to the corner," said one student.
Police and SWAT teams surrounded the school and stormed outlying buildings.
The gunman was located inside the school.
Police will only confirm that he is now deceased and the scene is secure.
Coming up on News Center 23 at five, we’ll update today’s horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Matt Fernandez will have reaction from local parents and school officials, and we’ll seek tips from professionals on what parents can do to reassure frightened children. Plus, Erin Murray will have the latest on that FBI probe into alleged drug trafficking by RGV law enforcement officers.