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State Police lead group of children after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut. (AP/Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks) State Police lead group of children after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut. (AP/Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks)
President Barack Obama addressed the nation following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (AP) President Barack Obama addressed the nation following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (AP)
Woman talks on phone as she waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (AP) Woman talks on phone as she waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (AP)
Police escort parents leaving staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. (AP) Police escort parents leaving staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. (AP)

An official with knowledge of Connecticut school shooting: 27 dead, including 20 children.  The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut around 9:00 a.m. EST.

Here is a timeline of the events as reported from ABC News (EST):


10:03 p.m.: WABC News and ABC News report that the Sandy Hook elementary school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was among those killed during the Newtown, Conn., school rampage, according to multiple sources.

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9:37 p.m.: A Sig Sauer and a Glock semi automatic handgun were used in the slaying and that .223 shell casings – a round used in a semi automatic military style rifle—were also found.

7:53 p.m.: Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said at a news conference that there would be no more pressers tonight and they will not be releasing the identities of the victims tonight. "We've never seen anything like this. It's heart wrenching for us," Vance said.

7:30 p.m.:  Families of Virginia Tech victims release statement on Sandy Hook School shooting: "The immediate concern we have is for those families in Newtown whose lives are now altered, forever. From our VTV experience, as families of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, we know that their loss is incredible. Helping all to deal with the aftermath will take a lifetime of love and dedication," Joe Samaha, President of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, said in a statement.

7:00 p.m.: Authorities continue to question Ryan Lanza, the shooter's brother, but say he is not under any suspicion.

6:25 p.m.:Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman Adam Lanza, was found dead in her Connecticut home. The 20-year-old man, shot her in the face, authorities told ABC News. Following the murder of his mother, Lanza, carrying at least two semi-automatic pistols and an automatic rifle,  drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where his mother worked.  There he killed 20 children and six adults. Lanza was found dead in the school with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The rifle was found in his car, authorities said.

6:00 p.m.: "Evil visited this community today," said Conn. Gov Dan Malloy.

5:29 p.m.: Gunman's mother was teacher's aide at school and not a teacher as previously believed, authorities say.

4:52 p.m:   Neighbors described Adam Lanza  to ABC as "odd" and displaying characteristics associated with mental illness.

4:41 p.m.: Federal law enforcement sources now say Connecticut school shooting gunman was Adam Lanza, 20, and not his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as earlier reported. Adam was found dead in the school along with his mother, a kindergarten teacher there.

4:18 p.m.: "My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever," tweets New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate.

4:17 p.m.:  Federal sources initially identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, but there appears now to be confusion over the gunman's identity.

3:42 p.m.: Shooting took place in "one section of the school in two rooms," says Vance, adds there is only one known shooter "right now."

3:42 p.m.: Shooting took place in "one section of the school in two rooms," says Vance, adds there is only one known shooter "right now."

3:40 p.m.: 18 children pronounced dead at school; 2 dead at hospital; 6 adults dead at school, says Conn. State Police spokesman Paul Vance.

3:18 p.m.: "As a country, we have been through this too many times," President Obama says about shooting.

3:17 p.m.: President Obama says majority of victims were students ages five to 10 years old.

3:15 p.m.: President Obama visibly emotional in remarks about Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

3:15: Gunman Ryan Lanza's mother was a kindergarten teacher at the school. She and many of her students were found dead in the school.

2:48 p.m.: Hero teacher Kaitlin Roig tells ABC News that she barricaded her first grade students in classroom bathroom and locked the door when she first heard gun shots. "The kids were being so good. They asked: ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there? … I just want Christmas… I don't want to die, I just want to have Christmas.' I said, you're going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.. I tried to be positive."

2:46 p.m.: White House announces that President Obama will address the nation at 3:15 p.m. Click here for full text of Obama's address.

2:37 p.m.: Gunman Ryan Lanza's mother found among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

2:36 p.m. House Speaker John Boehner orders flags at U.S. Capitol Building lowered

2:28 p.m. The gunman in the Newtown, Conn.,  school shooting has been identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey. A dead body has also been found in his parents' home, officials said.  Lanza's body was found in the school.

2:22 p.m.: Federal agents investigating whether slain Connecticut school gunman had a relationship with someone in the school, sources say.

1:44 p.m.: "The scene is secure. The public is not in danger," says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.

1:42 p.m.:" Shooter is deceased inside the [school,]" says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.

1:26 p.m.: President Obama has been briefed on shooting by FBI director Bob Mueller and spoken with Conn Gov. Dan Malloy.

1:17 p.m:  One shooter is described as 24-years-old, armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, sources tell ABC News.

1:09 p.m.: Twenty-seven people, or more, most of them children killed in shooting, sources tell ABC News.

12:57 p.m.: Fatality numbers continue to rise. More than 25 people, mostly young children, killed in Newtown, Conn. school shooting, sources tell ABC News.

12:47 p.m.: More than 20 people, most of them young children, killed in elementary school shooting, according to law enforcement sources.

12:36 p.m..: Law enforcement conducting car to car searches in area of school.

12:26 p.m.: More than a dozen persons, including  children shot and killed at Newtown, Conn., elementary school, federal, and state  law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

12:24 p.m.: Law enforcement agents with weapons drawn seen running into wooded area behind the school.

12:19 p.m..: Federal agents are at the scene of the school with guns still drawn as parents rush to pick up their children.

12:09 p.m.: Sources tell ABC News multiple persons shot

11:55 a.m.: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tells WABC three victims in hospital are in "very serious condition."

11:52 a.m.: Danbury Hospital confirms three patients have been taken there for treatment.

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A shooting involving two gunmen erupted at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.

State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large, sources told ABC News.

The shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury. State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41 a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state.

Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source.

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