Connecticut State Police
are confirming that 28 people including 20 children and the gunman as well as another adult at a secondary scene are dead after a shooting inside a school in Newtown on Friday morning.
State police said this is one of the worst shootings emergency officials have seen in a long time.
"It's a tragic, tragic scene," said state police Lt. Paul Vance about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
State police said the gunman was found dead inside the school, but it was unknown how the gunman, who emergency service officials have not identified, died. There is believed to be only one shooter, state police said.
"We are not going to confirm the identity of the shooter," Vance said Friday evening.
The Associated Press is reporting that the shooter is Adam Lanza.