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hello, everyone. we are following breaking news in newtown, a town between stanford and hartford. we're following reports that there has been a shooting at an elementary school. an elementary school named sandy hook. one photograph to share with you as crews rush to the scene. let me bring in my colleague jason carroll who has been working his sources. what do we know? >> disturbing story. the shooting happening at sandy hook elementary school on dickerson drive. this is coming to us from one of
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our affiliates. police are reporting a number of injuries. the nature of the injuries at this point are unclear. we're going to be checking that throughout the morning. state police sources say that one person is dead. earlier reports of a second shooter. that has not been confirmed at this point. a few more reports, apparently the shooting was reported shortly after 9:40 a.m. this morning. police reported that a shooter was in the -- apparently in the main office. >> which is hard to tell with this image that we're looking at because that's sort of bird's-eye view of the school layout doesn't show where that is. we should mention that one of the tv stations that has been reporting on this was told by a witness that she saw two children, one with a bloody face and the other with what appeared to be a hand injury. again, that coming in to news 8,
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one of the local stations in the area. >> that falls in step with one of the reports that we're hearing, that a person in one of the rooms has, quote, numerous gunshot wounds. it's difficult to tell from some of these images that we're getting into our newsroom where all of this is happening at the school. >> is there any reporting at all, jason? this just broke within the last few moments but any reports that the shooter may have been a student or perhaps was this staff-related? whenever you hear about an elementary school, the last thing that you can imagine is a child that might have brought a gun to school and i do have something from the website that says this is a school that begins in kindergarten and only goes up to fourth grade. these are very young children. >> one of our producers is telling us that she spoke to a father from the district who reported that one child was in fact taken away and that child was seriously injured, quote, seriously injured. that's one child taken away with serious injuries. >> by ambulance? >> by ambulance.
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and that falls in step with what we heard about numerous gunshot wounds. also, we're being told that groups of students, some of them crying, some of them holding hands were escorted away from the school by their teachers. some were in school still as of 10:30 a.m. >> there is something on the website and it's unknown if it was posted before or after the shooting but it does say that afternoon kindergarten is canceled and there will be no midday bus runs. again, no other inclination. police were called and have responded because of what they were told was a shooting. >> and i'm sure we'll be getting more details coming in. because, again, dozens of state troopers are assisting local police. heavily armed police are gathered from the school and a
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number of stretchers have been set up as a precaution. a staging area also set up for student and their parents near their school, as you can imagine. a number of parents sitting at home watching this are going to be watching this wanting to -- are going to be wanting to know where they should go and what they should do to make sure that their kids are safe. >> what's remarkable about this as well is that sandy hook elementary in newtown, ku connecticut is midway north-south between stanford which would be in the bottom left hand corner. >> very close to danbury? >> yes. but a long way away from the coast which is what most people are familiar with and the metro train lines, et cetera. and also very difficult for reporters to get there and
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others as well. lou palumbo is a retired nassau county police officer. i know you've had these calls in your past. what is the protocol? what happens immediately when a call comes in to authorities that it is an elementary squoch when they are dealing with a possible shooter. >> ashleigh? >> hi, lou. can you hear me? >> i can barely hear you. >> i'm trying to get a read from you, with your past experience, when a call comes in that there may be a shooter at an elementary school, is there a protocol? can you walk me through what these responding officers are doing right now? >> i can tell you this, especially with incidents involving children, whether they are struck by autos or incidents of the schools, you just can't get there fast enough. we really don't expect to have
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incidents of this type happening. >> lou, on the phone right now is mike branchwell. i'm being told that you have four children in this school? mr. branchwell, can you hear me? >> we just lost that connection. we'll try to re-establish our connection with mike branch well. in the meantime, if you're just joining us, there is so little, unfortunately, to report on this which is worry some in itself that the sandy hook elementary school is on lockdown. i think we have mike branchwell back on the phone. mike, can you hear me? >> yes. >> i think you have four children. are they all in this school?
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>> we have two that have graduated. no one has been through the sandy hook school. >> but is there something that you can add to this? is this your community? is this your neighborhood? >> yes, it's our community and neighborhood and our children have friends that go to that school. we have a daughter who is in an elementary school but not that actual school. >> so what do you know about what is happening? there seems to be a real vacuum of information. have you seen anything? have you seen responders going by in what do you know? >> we know that there are a number of responders at the school. the school has a very good system of communicating to parent. we've got e-mails and texts and updated information. there was an incident. the school is on lockdown. we have a freshman at the high school who has been texting us. he's in lockdown in the silence lab at the moment. but -- >> so your child, the freshman in high school, has been able to text you that there is a
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lockdown at that school? because we have heard that the whole district is in lockdown. that would square with what we are being told. >> that's correct. they do practice this. we have been here since 2005 and the schools are very forward thinking and very proactive. and sadly in this type of situation. so the kids know what to expect and what to do. we do currently have a freshman in lockdown. >> and that freshman, is that a son or daughter? >> it's our son. >> and has your son been able to text you any other kinds of information that he may be hearing within the school itself, not the elementary school but the high school? >> i think that they are all using precautions and the teachers have got the situation under control. he knows. >> can you tell me a little bit about newtown, the size and
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proximity to what other people in the united states might gleam from it, if you can give us a description of your town? >> it's a small town, very large square miles but low population. it's a very quiet town. great sense of community and the schools are very highly rated. >> all right. i want to just ask you to stand by, if you will. my colleague, jason carroll, has been collecting more information. >> i think we have more information that may be important for parent. we're told that there is a staging area sort of i am prom tea being set up at village restaurant and pizza. apparently the parking lot there. the school is just over the hill from that location, just about a five-minute walk away from there and apparently a number of parents are gathered there trying to get information. that's being set up as some sort
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of informal staging area for parents trying to get information about their children about what is happening there and they are doing what they can to help this tshooting. >> elementary school, just to recap you, an element ree school in newtown, connecticut, in the southwestern part. this is the aerial view of what the school looks like and you can tell how big the layout of this school is. but the hartford is saying that one person had numerous wounds. we're not being given any information at this point. if there are other injuries or where those children are in that school right now. we're going to squeeze in a quick break, gather more information, and be right back after this. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus
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affiliate, this is in newtown, connecticut. it's a town midday between stanford and hartford in southwestern connecticut. reports came in early this morning of a shooting and the response was quick and furious. you can see now from the aerial shots some of the officers, one of them with a canine unit on the scene. we also have reports from one of the affiliates there that a witness saw a hand injury and a bloody face. we can tell you as well that parents have been advised to stay at home. parents have been told to stay at home. these pictures just shot moments ago in what appears to be the parking lot at sandy hook elementary. you can see a number of police and a child being taken away by
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ambulance and parents you can see in that shot walking through and carrying their children, another one holding on to kids, too. we also heard that some of the children, if not all of them, have been evacuated to a nearby firehouse. the ground pictures showing things fairly calm but certainly a strong police presence and what that canine unit is doing. i'm not clear. they seem to be interested in that container. at least there's a signal coming from the dog sitting and then spending some extra time at that con tearer. jason carroll is also monitoring some of the details coming in. what do you know? >> we are getting details coming in from our affiliates. obviously police are reporting a number of injuries. there is a report that state police sources say that one shooter may, in fact, be dead, ashleigh. the shooting was reported at 9:40 a.m. police reported it that a shooter was in the main office
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of the school. a father had called in to our desk here in new york a few moments ago. >> i have a sad report. i have to break in. a sad reporting coming as well. they are now confirming one child dead as a result of this school shooting. hartford current reporting one child dead as a result of this school shooting. we don't know anything else about additional shooting victims. again, these pictures are just coming in from news 12 new jersey. this is an empty stretcher being wheeled towards the school at this point. you can see some of the children with i can only manual some parent that have been responding as well as first responders. parents have been asked to stay home, although you can imagine what it would be like if you had children in that school. the last thing you would think of to do is to stay home. police are branching out to the surrounding area. the school is sort of a square formation. it's a large campus for an elementary school. you can see that they are
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heading out into the brush looking for evidence. i want to welcome our viewers from around the world. a reporting of a school shooting in connecticut at an elementary school called sandy hook in newtown, connecticut. reports that early this morning probably just after school had gotten under way, reports of a shooting in which officers responded to very quickly. very little information right now. the hartford current, a notable newspaper in connecticut, is reporting that there is one child confirmed dead in this very terrible shooting situation. we had heard reports that there could have been multiple shooters. that is unconfirmed at this point. but parent obviously nervous about these reports. some of them responding on the site. you can see these pictures coming into us. the roads, we're also told, have been shut down and traffic has
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been bottlenecked in this area. this is not far from danbury. geographically speaking, probably about an hour, 40 minute drive from new york city if you're heading up the coast and then inland somewhat, between stanford down in the southwest corner and hartford as you can see in the corner, the capital of the state. jason? >> as we saw the picture of the man with the young boy, you can imagine how traumatizing this must be for the children. this is an elementary school. they were crying and holding hands. >> they have these protocols when anything like this -- of this magnitude, there are protocols to lock down and barricade yourself, find safe positions until an all clear is
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indicated to get the kids out of school. >> obviously as the hours move on, we're going to be trying to get information about the motive of the situation. >> or who? is it anned a dult. >> it's always difficult to figure out why these kinds of things happen. the connecticut state police will be holding a news conference two hours from now. perhaps at that point more information will be given about the motive behind the shooting. it's all difficult to understand why these thing happen. >> i want to dip into our affiliate coverage. bridgeport hospital, which is about a half hour drive by guesstimation from newtown, connecticut, the trauma team began getting calls this morning. let's listen to the local coverage in this hour. the hospital trauma team began getting calls. let's listen to the local coverage. >> i know parent are just so hungry for information.
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we are staying on air and as soon as we have crews on the scene, many have been arriving. we are staying on air. as soon as we have crews on the scene, many have been arriving. we are staying on air and as soon as we have crews on the scene, many are just arriving. >> if we can continue to get that signal from wfsb, i want to let you know that as we were going to the local coverage, i told you that bridgeport hospital, their trauma team was getting ready after getting calls at 9:40 a.m. local time. many schools in connecticut, elementary schools, anyway. it's often an 8:00 a.m. start. i have two children in a connecticut elementary school and that is an 8:00 a.m. start. this entire district, though, is
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on lockdown. we also know that danbury hospital, not far away, has now been reportedly -- three people as a result of this shooting. i have no idea what the extent of the injuries may be. danbury hospital now having confirmed that three people -- a local report that three people have gone for treatment at that hospital. not sure if bridgeport has received any injured but they certainly got the calls early this morning. also want to let you know that the children have apparently been evacuated to a nearby fire house. but interestingly enough were in that school. so many schools have a very strict protocol for an emergency situation in which they barricade themselves in the classrooms as best they can staying low until they get some kind of indication that it's safe to evacuate the school. as we continue to collect more information, shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut. we're going to bring it to you.
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we're following breaking news at sandy hook in newtown bei, connecticut. on the right-hand side of your screen, you can see a gurney. at the top of your screen you can see the emergency vehicles. we're told about six ambulances are now on the scene as well as numerous first responders and canine units searching not only the school property but the woods as well that surround it. and on your left-hand side of your screen is an aerial view of sandy hook elementary school. let's listen to wfsb. in this scene right here it looks a little more calm but, again, people closer in have said it has been completely chaotic and they have been watching as law enforcement officials have been responding to the scene trying to ascertain how many people are hurt and
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injured or possibly dead at the sandy hook elementary school. >> and you can see the large area set up there. you can tell from the shot, the live shot as we take a look at the pictures from our helicopter. you can get an idea and really see it here how many crown victorias, state police cruisers are in this shot. this vehicle appears to be sort of the center of their focus. that is right outside of the entrance to the school, the sandy hook elementary school in newtown. to give people an idea of where we are talking about, it's between exits 10 and 11 on i-84 as you head west towards danbury. you can see that this is a shot of that school. it's a k-4 school and they have about 600 students at that school. the call came in at 9:41 this morning reporting that there had been a shooting at that school and that police were responding. >> and we are hearing, again, from cbs news with a reporter on
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the scene has said at least one shooter has been killed and there are some other reports coming out that it's being looked at as a different scene now. the question is, was it one or two shooters. we don't know yet. at least one gunman is dead. again, if you're a parent and your just joining us, they are asking that you not go to the school. this is live on the ground there and just by watching this, eric, i would say that the scene seems to be different than it was 20 minutes ago and that would be as if they already captured the gunman, things would change. >> you're watching eyewitness news coverage. keep up with us on our very
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latest cover ranl. this is a helicopter from wcb. we know one person was transported and bob from cbs news is reporting that the gunman is dead there at the scene. >> i want to break into that local coverage as you were hearing. one of those vehicles in the center of your screen, center top portion of your screen is roped off. maybe a vehicle of interest. there are tactical officers as well on the roof of the building and not only that, they have been looking up on a hillside behind the school. officers with canine units have been up behind the school. three state troopers, in fact, looking for someone or something in the woods up behind the school. our susan candiotti has raced to the scene amid the reports of shots fired.
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susan, can you hear me? >> reporter: i can hear you and it's not a terrific connection. we understand from our source with knowledge of the investigation that the suspected shooter in this case is dead, is deceased on the scene and that police have recovered two weapons from him. again, this is according to our source. it is not known at this time whether police killed the shooter or whether he took his own life. there are also unconfirmed reports that another shooter might be on the scene -- might remain on the scene. again, that is unconfirmed information and authorities are trying to see whether that is the case. ashleigh? >> any inkling from your source whether the shooter is a student or an adult? >> reporter: i've been trying to find out exactly how the shooter made access to the school and where the body was found.
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but i don't very that information yet. as well as whether there are other injuries. there are unconfirmed reports, according to the source, of multiple injuries and we're getting some information that you've been hearing, of course, this morning. but my source doesn't have any of that confirmed as to how many people might have been injured. >> and what about the car that seemed to be the focus of the investigators on the scene? there's a car that is erratically parked and marked off with crime tape. any information that that is connected to this? >> reporter: no details on that as of yet. i haven't been able to see for myself. so we are -- we'll get there as soon as we can. obviously there's a large police presence on the scene. again, repeating here that the shooter, suspected shooter in this case is dead. either taken down by police or he may have taken his own life. that remains unclear at this point. >> i just want to bring in as
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well, some of the reports have been coming in from local newspapers, some of the local affiliates. the newtown b and multiple reports of injuries after this shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. i want to just dip in our affiliate coverage. >> we do not have that confirmed yet but we're still trying to determine that. the information is just going out to the parents. a lot of them are upset as they are trying to pick up their children. there is a lot of confusion and cars jammed in here and people just can't get close enough to get some solid information but that is going to be coming as they secure the scene. >> robert, they are reporting or confirming that one gunman is dead. is there any indication as you're out there and hearing people around you that there could be another shooter?
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>> well, there was some information that somebody -- at least one parent saw somebody being escorted out of this wooded area right over here with police and that that person turned to a parent and said, it wasn't me. the person was jibed described wearing a cammo type shirt. the person is being held in one of the police cars over here to the left. at this point we don't know if that person is connected and we are still trying to determine some exact information about whether there is one gunman, two gunman, or more and if somebody is dead who is responsible for these shootings inside the school here. but, again, we are just trying to get a sense of what exactly happened inside and i think that police are of course swarming the area making sure that we also saw some federal agents from the atf armed with heavy
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guns trying to assist the newtown police and, of course, the state police. >> all right, robert, we'll check in with you in a moment. let's recap what we know. sandy hook elementary, 600 or so students. there was a shooting reported at 9:41 a.m. that's when a call came in to 911. we can confirm at least one person has been shot at that school. we also have bob orr from cbs news, justice correspondent from cbs news, he has been reporting that the gunman is dead. >> the picture that is making its way on our air, the symbol of what has been happening, we've been seeing the children led away crying, led away from their elementary school crying as they are walking out and adults trying to keep them safe. now the school is going through
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the effort of trying to reunite the students who have been taken to the nearby firehouse with the parents who have been lining up there. the school is trying to keep parents informed there and at the same time they are asking parents not to go to the school. >> you can imagine what kind of ex crucial ating request that is that they are asking that you wait for them. buses have been cancel ltd. no buses are running at this point. those are s.w.a.t. officers. they have their helmet and camouflage on. they are gathering outside of the front door. what we do know at this point is that the entire area is in lockdown. one gentleman has been taken into custody at least they want to talk to him.
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he was telling a parent that he was not involved. that's what police do, they lock the entire down and get anyone they want to talk to and try to figure out what is going on. >> especially when someone is on the scene like this wearing camouflage. guns were still drawn and the last report we had from him just a few moments ago was saying that things were not getting better. that this is a bad scene. the hospitals, we know, have been prepared although we're hearing that the hospital in bridgeport has now said that it's not expecting anyone coming to the bridgeport hospital. as far as who exactly has been shot, the number of people injured, we do not know. we're hanging on to the very ominous words of lieutenant paul vance from the state police. >> as we continue to listen in to some of the local coverage and watching from these helicopter shots as the numerous police response begins to what looks like head towards one
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location of the school. i can tell you the headline, a source tells our susan candiotti that the gunman, the shooter is dead on the scene and apparently two weapons have are been recovered. we are not clear as to whether the shooter is a child or an adult. we have unconfirmed reports that there is a second shooter. police were searching in the hillside behind the school in the wooded area with the canine unit as well as parents flooded into the parking lot before the word came out that they were to stay home, stay by the phone, that it perhaps wasn't safe to be there. police telling news 8 that they saw a child with a bloody face and another child with a hand injury. and one other piece of information i want to pass your way before we head to a quick break and that is the hospital at yale, yale is in new haven which is about a 40-minute drive
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so i can confirm for you some further details in this shooting that we're following in newtown, connecticut. the sandy hook elementary school, a school that has about 600 students from kindergarten through fourth grade. not long after school began, apparently shots rank rang out. police were called immediately. there is one person dead on the scene, the shooter, in fact. what i can't tell you is if the shooter is a children or an adult. but two weapons, according to susan candiotti, were required
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at the scene as well. one of them a block. we can confirm that two weapons, a report of perhaps another shooter. many of them rushed to the school to get their children. before police told them they needed to stay home. that this was an active investigation. many can canine units were up on the hill in the brush searching for something. whether it was evidence or the reported shooter. six ambulances, one apparently witnessed taking one of the children away and i can also tell you that there was a witness who told news 8 connecticut that she saw two children. one of the children with a bloody face and another with what appeared to be a hand injury. all of the children now evacuated to a local firestation nearby and the entire school district in newtown is under lockdown. i'm joined by the mayor.
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can you hear me. >> i'm the mayor of danbury. >> mayor of danbury. a i apologize. i don't know if you've been privy to any information that has been shared. what can you tell us? >> well, i can tell you that, first of all, obviously our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible incident. we have mutual aid agreements in place that allow us to provide assets that they may not have along with the state police that has taken the lead on this investigation. three of our victims are at the hospital in danbury and they are currently being treated. i can't tell you the status. i can only tell you that it's very serious. >> can you tell me, mayor boughton if they are children or adults? was this a staff incident or an
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incident with the children? >> i hate to do this to you. i know you want to get that information out. all of this is still under investigation. i can't disclose that information under hippa regulations. >> can i interrupt you for a moment. i want to go to an interview with a mother and child with our affiliate. >> recounting what is going on, joining me is alexis who is in third grade and you saw a lot of what was going on? >> well, we found all of these people and there was like right near the window in our classroom and we saw a police officers and we heard them on the roof and in our building.
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>> was everybody crying, scared, wanting their parents to come get them? >> yeah, they were. and then some people were even like, they kind of got a stomach ache. >> did you hear any gunshots or anything like that? >> well, police officers, like they were kind of because they are police officers right out the door like trying to find the guy. >> are you okay right now? >> yeah. >> are you sure? >> uh-huh. >> how excited were you to see dad? >> excited. >> dad, you look worse than her, i've got to tell you. >> yeah. shocking. i got the call at work this morning and i can't believe a small town like this would ever have anything like this happen and to be in an elementary school, it's unheard of. >> k through 4. >> yes. >> and you say there are 600 kids in there? >> yes. roughly around 600. >> what was going through your mind? you immediately think of your child. >> yes. i was pretty shaken up. didn't know who or what
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happened. i knew there were shooters in the building or a shooter. just worried about who else is locked in the building at this time. >> mom, what do you think about this scene in newtown? >> it just doesn't seem real. like it's not even possible. you read it in the paper or see it in the news, you're like, oh, my god, that poor family and then you have something happen so close to home, i think i'm still in shock, to be honest with you. i'm like, let's get her cell phone activated right now. >> news 8, we have exclusive video of a suspect walking away in cuffs. does this put you at ease at all in. >> no, not at all. i'm not sure if there's -- there's probably more people in the building. >> what are the parents saying? everybody is grouping together and talking and putting each other at ease. >> we're coping. we're still trying to find out what is going on. it's a little nerve racking. as you can tell behind us, we do
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have a few more cars pulling in at this time. how many shooters, how many people are injured. >>. >> reporter: i saw a parent running and crying at the bottom of the hill wanting to find his child. did you have any problem finding alexis? >> i didn't have too much trouble. obviously i was running to the school. somebody told me that the kids were evacuated -- most of the kids were evacuated to the local firehouse here. inside the firehouse it was obviously tough to find because it was packed. but she was there and we're grateful. >> reporter: yeah. again, it's probably a more nerve-racking scene for a parent, keith, than the kids at this point. they were there. they are safe now. but every single parent that i've spoken to -- and there's a million of them, are just shaken up and want answers immediately. of course, news 8 will be here live for all of the day until we have some answers for you. i'll send it back over to you. >> as they wrap up that location on location, our local affiliate
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wrapping up their interview with aelects is s aelects alexis. she heard the sound of them on the roof and what she saw, it confers with what we're reporting, that s.w.a.t. team was on the roof as well and canine units around the school as well. one of the things that we haven't seen yet it a reported video of someone being taken away in handcuffs. i can tell that you susan candiotti has confirmed that the shooter is dead on the scene. whether in fact there was a second person who was arrested has not yet been confirmed. the mayor of danbury, mark boughton is on the phone with us. >> a teacher was shot in the foot and that teacher was taken to danbury hospital. that is one injury that we're hearing from multiple sources and now the associated press
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confirming that. >> we heard that danbury hospital as well as bridgeport hospital have been on stand by for the possibility of multiple victims being hospitalized. we have confirmed and it's likely the same person headed to bridgeport hospital, we have confirmed that the newtown ambulance transported one person that was shot in the foot to that hospital. they are on the way to bridgeport hospital where they will be treated. that person is in stable condition. >> and we do see -- i saw a stretcher there. it was unclear what was on top of that. but we are looking at live aerial pictures from our wcbs helicopter, our sister station in new york that is flying over sandy hook elementary school. again, the nightmare began at 20 minutes before 10:00 on this friday morning when they got reports of a school shooting at this elementary school that goes kindergarten through the fourth grade. the nearby firehouse, as the
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crows fly, it's aerial shots. it's not far away. that's become the staging situation where parents have been showing up. i believe that's what we're looking at now. parents have been showing up there and reuniting with their children, taking them home. and as robert said, when he was watching them reunite, the children were quite shaken. they were led away crying and this is going to be a very, very difficult thing to explain to these young children. >> and we did see obviously a lot of that emotion and we saw from the parents as they arrived here just in this shot that we have had up for the last severa embracing as they were arriving there at the scene. robert is there on the scene as is lynn bestoff. they're there right now. >> they're interviewing some of the parent who is can have come to to the scene. let's listen. >> there's signing procedures. i believe the front door is locked during the day, too. i'm curious to see how these
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people did get into the building. >> any idea at all and anything that people are hearing? >> from what we've seen it's impossible to get into a school, especially an elementary school today without people checking, checking and rechecking who you are and if you're supposed to be there. >> correct. i would guess they would have picked up on -- unless it's somebody they knew they let into the building. >> right. your daughter for a third grader seems very calm right now. do you think that this hasn't hit her yet? >> i don't think so. when i p picked her up, though, she was really, really upset and emotional about it. we're just fortunate enough that she's here with us. >> thank you so much for joining us. thank you for bringing your daughter to speak to us, and we, of course, keith, will let these people know exactly what's going on as soon as we get word. >> okay. a couple of things to get you up to speed on. one of the affiliates, wfsb is
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reporting that a teacher apparently has been shot in the foot and was taken to danbury hospital about 10, 15 minutes away. the mayor of danbury has been on the phone with us, mark, and i think we might have lost him. we'll see if we can't get reconnected with him at one point. also, very, very important information, and that is that any elementary school is locked for the most part across this country, and it is next to impossible to enter an elementary school without being buzzed in and have your identity checked in some way. how did the shooter have the access to this school? that's going to be something that clearly there's going to be a lot of questions asked. jason carroll with something new? >> yeah, i did. one of the our affiliates in new york now reporting that there are what they're reporting multiple fatalities involved in the shooting at the elementary school. no more specifics other than using that specific term, multiple fatalities.
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>> good lord. our susan candiotti has a source that confirmed to cnn that shooter -- i hesitate gunman because we don't know if it's a stude student. this school goes up to the fourth grade. the shooter is dead on the seen. we're going to take a quick break and see what else we can get from our sources. back in a moment. [ bells dinging ] ♪ hark how the bells, sweet silver bells ♪ ♪ all seem to say throw care away ♪ ♪ from everywhere, filling the air ♪
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so we're continuing our breaking news. our coverage of the sandy hook elementary cool? new town, connecticut, 600 kids between kindergarten and fourth grade and reports of a shooting at this school. after 9:40 in the morning three victims in the hospital in serious condition. we also know that the shooter, dead on the scene according to a
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source telling cnn. jason carroll with information from the hospital. >> this is from danbury hospital where they had received three patients, statement from the spokesperson saying we're here to care for any victims and their families in any way think need it. our hearts and prayers are extended to anyone involved in this terrible tragedy to date. three patients have been transported to danbury hospital from the scene out of an abundance of caution and not because of a direct threat, danbury hospital is under lockdown. this allows us to focus on the important work at hand. that coming from the spokesperson from danbury hospital. >> possibly those injuries the result of two weapons that were recovered from the scene by police. a source telling cnn those two weapons, a glock and a sig sauer. we don't know at this time about the injuries themselves, whether they are children or whether they are staff or adults. we also don't know if the shooter that was killed on the scene by police is a child or an
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adult. we do know that there was one area where a car seemed to be parked erratically and roped off with crime tape. it was a subject of interest. the pictures we see show it is a somewhat calm situation it seems in the parking lot. six ambulances at the minimum dispatched to the scene, gurneys wheeled in the parking lot into the school. reports of multiple injuries at the time. a staging area set up a restaurant close by called the ville aa restaurant and pizza we parents were asked to go. the parents are holding their children, but they probably left before they got the information that local police were asking them do not come here. it wasn't a secure location. asking them to stay by the phone instead and actually s.w.a.t. teams with ka neen units not only on the roof of the school but in the wooded area you see behind the parking lot, a hill behind the school apparently the subject of an intense search.
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there was a report of a second gunman being possible, not confirmed. we have a huge police presence and a lot of emergency vehicles that responded to this scene. three hospitals enacting their emergency procedures, they're trauma teams getting into action. danbury hospital, bridgeport hospital, yale new haven hospital all surrounding this area within about a 100-mile radius. as far as the number of injured, the nature of the injuries, we're told very serious, at least the three that were in danbury hospital very serious injuries. the mayor of danbury unable to confirm for us, however, whether those three injured people are children or if they are adults. a witness, though, told a local affiliate, news 8, that she saw two children, one of them with a bloody face and the other with what appeared to be a hand injury. other witnesses reported numerous gunshot wounds at least that one of these victims had