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Officials: 20 Children Killed During Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) There have been 28 people are confirmed dead including 20 children, during a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday. An official close to the case relayed the information to media outlets and spoke on condition of anonymity due to an investigation continuing in the case.

The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut which is located approximately 60 miles northeast of New York City.

According to Connecticut State police, Newtown police called them just before 10 a.m. A SWAT team in addition to other authorities arrived quickly on the scene.

Read additional information about Friday’s mass shooting and watch a live video feed here.

Confirmed: Shooter Adam Lanza, 20, killed himself.

The  shooter’s older brother Ryan, 24, tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality disorder.”

Some reports say Lanza was wearing a mask and a bulletproof vest.

Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, one of the 27 dead, was a kindergarten teacher at school; most of the kids slain were her students.

It appears that another member of the alleged shooter’s family is dead, according to a report by CNN. A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says a brother of the alleged shooter was found dead in a home searched in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Three guns were reportedly found at the scene – .223 Bushmaster, a Glock, and a Sig-Sauer.

Dawn Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung

The principal killed was Dawn Hochsprung, a mother to five girls.

Connecticut police have searched the suspected gunman’s home and place of employment, Police Lt. Paul Vance told CNN.

CNN reported that Nancy Lanza was found dead at her son’s home in Newtown.

Ryan Lanza told authorities he has not had contact with his brother Adam for a couple of years.

Police have said that all three weapons found on shooter were bought legally, and were registered to his mother.

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