27 dead in Conn. school shooting, including 20 children and gunman

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27 dead in Conn. school shooting, including 20 children and gunman

CREATED Dec 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 14, 2012

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Police say 27 people were killed in the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, including the gunman, and one person died at another scene.
    
The dead at the school include 20 children.

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

The official says Lanza killed his mother at their home before driving his mother's car to the school.

Police aren't saying what may have motivated a man to open fire inside two classrooms, but a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation says the gunman was believed to suffer from a personality disorder

Lanza opened fire Friday morning inside a school where his mother worked. He blasted his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.

Police say the killer carried two handguns into the school, while a rifle was found in the back of a car. They say the shootings took place in two classrooms, but they are not providing details on exactly how it unfolded.

Students and their parents describe teachers locking doors and ordering the children to huddle in classroom corners or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building. Authorities said the shootings took place in two nearby classrooms, but they gave no details on exactly how they unfolded.
   
The gunman killed himself. The state's governor says someone who lived with him also died.
    
The attack comes less than two weeks before Christmas and appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
    
Officels say Adam Lanza's older brother, 20-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement officily transposed the brothers' first names.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation of the Connecticut school massacre says the brother of the gunman has been "extremely cooperative" and is not under arrest.
   
The official tells The Associated Press that Ryan Lanza is still be being questioned but is not in custody and is not believed to have any connection to the school killings.
    
Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

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