Six adults, 20 children and the shooter were killed. Eighteen students were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at the hospital, said Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. The six adults died at the scene.
During a press conference Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance stated that the shooting took place in one section of the school and in two rooms.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called the mass shooting “a tragedy of unspeakable terms.”
“Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community,” Malloy said, adding that “you can never be prepared for this kind of incident.
“A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children,” Malloy said.
CNN Updates that another member of the alleged shooter’s family is dead. 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. We already knew the suspect’s mother was found dead in the elementary school.
[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] From the president: “I offer Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation.”
The president appears to be emotional, he’s wiping his eye.
President Obama‘s tearful remarks from the White House showed true emotions from parents around the country.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.
“That was especially true today.
“I know there’s not a parent in America that doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.
“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
“Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times.
“This evening Michelle and I will do whah every parent in America will do – hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them.
“There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight.
“May god bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.”