(AP) A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.
The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, said by an official in Connecticut to have left 27 dead, including 18 children.
The official in Washington spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
Updated at 12:00 P.M.
Of the 27 dead eighteen are believed to be children.
Updated at 11:41 A.M.
CBS is reporting that as many as 27 people could be dead after a shooting at an elementary school in Newton, CT.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State Police say they are assisting local police in Newtown amid reports of a shooting at an elementary school.
The school superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.
The Newtown Bee newspaper posted a photo of a group of young students - some crying, others looking visibly frightened - being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.
State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says they have a number of personnel on the scene to assist.
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