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CT shooter kills 27, including 20 students at elementary school

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An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 20 children. 

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza and that his older brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter. The law enforcement official says the boys' mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher. 

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the suspect is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State police Lt. Paul Vance says today's events are a tragedy. He says only staff and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown are among the victims. He says the shooter was dead in the school.

Vance says Newtown police called state police around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond to the school, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Photos from the scene showed young students _ some crying, others looking visibly frightened _ being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it's unclear whether there are other injuries.

Ambulance surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter flew overhead.

The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.

State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the shooting reports.

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