Up to 27 people, including children, have reportedly been killed after at least one gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut this morning.
4:56PM GMT 14 Dec 2012At least one gunman was reported to be dead, but reports were unclear over whether a second gunman had been involved.
Witnesses reported at least 100 round being fired during the attack, with CBS News stating that at least 27 people had died.
A news conference was set to be held at 6pm BST.
One mother told CBS News the scene was like a "war zone". Her son had bullets whizzing by him in the school hallway, she said, until a teacher pulled him into a classroom.
ABC News, quoting authorities, said two gunmen had carried out the attack. One was dead, with sources telling the network that the other was still at large. Other reports said two handguns had been found at the scene.
One group of students was still unaccounted for, according to ABC, which quoted a source with a child in the school.
A girl interviewed by NBC Connecticut described hearing seven loud "booms" as she was in gym class. Other children began crying and teachers moved the students to a nearby office, she said.
"A police officer came in and told us to run outside and so we did," the unidentified girl said on camera.
Stephen Delgiadice, whose eight-year-old daughter attends the school, said she heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter escaped the attack unharmed.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.
SWAT teams were rushed to the school in the aftermath of the shooting.
Danbury Hospital had received three patients from the scene, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. The hospital has also been placed on lockdown. The mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, told MSNBC: "They are very serious injuries."
One child was carried from Sandy Hook Elementary School by a police officer, and the child appeared to have been wounded, the town's weekly newspaper, the Newtown Bee, said on its website.
Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school.
Danbury Hospital, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the school, had been put on alert for possible casualties, a hospital spokesman said.
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