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December 14, 2012

THIRD UPDATE: Shooter, 24, shot his mother, a teacher at the school, and 18 students in her classroom

Police say they have shooter's brother in custody

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Twenty-seven people, including 18 children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Another person was found dead at a house in Newtown, sources told The Hartford Courant.

Many of the shootings at the school took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said. One entire classroom is unaccounted for.

The shooter — identified by CNN as Ryan Lanza — is dead, and the situation is secure, said State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.

A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. One report said that Lanza's mother was a teacher at the school and that he went into her classroom, shot her and killed all 18 students in the classroom.

Public records show that Lanza lived at 36 Yogananda Street at one point, and he is also listed as living in Hoboken, N.J. Police are searching that residence as well, sources say.

Three people were brought to Danbury Hospital, but their condition is unknown. The emergency room is on lockdown.

Soon after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.

Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.

Police were still searching the school at 11 a.m., and police dogs were brought in. Around noon, the triage area was broken down, stretchers were taken away and the SWAT team left the building.

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