Report: 26 people dead in Connecticut school shooting
Rick Leventhal reports form Newtown, CT
- Duration 6:49
- Date Dec 14, 2012
Rick Leventhal reports form Newtown, CT
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-- to get back to Rick -- value you're you're talking now as we're talking but the parents we hear from one of them.
But where -- day and when they arrived at the school they were told initially not to come to the school understandably most -- not listen many came and where our day.
Well -- set up -- an area at a local firehouse that's where a lot of people were being sent.
Eyes -- as -- understand many parents were reunited with their children that were -- out -- -- -- we also know that.
Teachers who were in the school with their kids were -- -- -- -- locking the doors when they heard those gunshots fired.
I can tell you as we entered new -- just minutes ago.
-- we could see a lot of police officers blocking all of the roads that lead to Wear the school is located so that entire area.
Has been sealed off and they re directed the media to this park.
Where the news conference scheduled to begin any minute now so the police have the area on -- We know they -- the school on lock down we know they did a room by room classroom by classroom search once the shooting was reported that's where they located the victims that's where they apparently located the gunman.
And the children as far as we know that weren't injured in the shooting have now been reunited with their families.
Is there any information.
-- On this man on the shooters connection to the school there was one unconfirmed report we heard earlier that this may have been may have -- The father of a student have we heard anything from law enforcement about that.
Well I haven't heard that directly from law enforcement law enforcement we do have one source suggesting that shooter may have been a young man -- -- youngest one years old.
We also have heard that he may live in New Jersey and there may have been a separate.
Situation there to crime scene where they.
Kicked down the door that person's home we're trying to confirm that at this hour we don't know the identity of the gunman and we don't know at this point is connected to the school.
We are hearing according to other reporting that there are swat teams.
-- this person's home at the possible shooters -- and again there are some reports unconfirmed as of this hour that it is.
That is the father of student we cannot confirm that but Rick I -- ask you about whether -- -- What the status is as we know it at the school at this hour because as they are not taking -- expecting any more victims to be brought to Danbury Connecticut hospital.
Is it is it is the school itself -- locked out and we believe that the victims 26 dead confirmed by Fox News.
And we believe that it it we believe it's 26 plus the gunmen because they're different report is 26 -- -- point seven.
-- but the the question is do we believe the victims are still in the in the school.
Well -- and I can guarantee you based on prior experience and if you have that many victims located in the school and is going to be a very long.
And very difficult and very grisly crime scene that has to be processed before any of those bodies are moved.
Everything has to be carefully documented.
Photographs have to be taken all of those victims have to be secured.
And then transported from that seeing once the entire.
Crime scene has been mapped out and that could take many many hours so you can expect that there will be a crime scene around that school for.
And that police will continue to keep everyone out while they process the scene and slowly.
Begin now the task of recovering the victims inside that school but it's not going to be over quickly especially with that many victims is gonna take them -- very very long time to process -- -- -- one can only one can only wonder.
What the parents.
Of those who are not accounted for right now are going through is there a holding place for them outside of the fire house.
Rick you are there do we know whether they are present on the scene at all we have been seeing that as of late the past hour or so outside of school.
And it in their shots that we have.
Our understanding is is that everyone who was -- to.
Puck towards any -- elementary school was being stopped.
And re direct redirected to the -- up possibly to other locations at this point our understanding is that there are no.
Parents -- now at the school itself everyone has been moved away from there to that the police can do their job now processing the scene so.
Any parents who may have children who were taken from the school at this point should have been reunited with those children.
We imagine that again this is going to be a very very long and difficult day for everyone and.
All there are there were reports you touched on earlier -- touched on -- honored earlier.
Of a possible accomplice.
And there was some tape of of police.
Look at the pictures -- Those are the lucky ones the parents who get to take their kids home today and explain to them why eighteen of their classmates are dead.
They very were reports of a second person perhaps an accomplice.
And then we didn't hear much more about that first we heard that they've been pushed off of that now we're getting more reports unconfirmed as of this hour -- but we're getting more reports now.
From other sources that a second person may be in custody.
Have the police said anything about whether they believe that piece of the investigation is still open.
Well what we had heard was that there was a potential second suspect -- Oftentimes after these -- major Internet you'll have a lot of reports and many of them turn out to be false a lot of time there's confusion in the in the midst of things and come on maybe running from the scene.
Who may be.
Escaping -- their life and people might think that that person is running because they're fleeing the scene because there and somehow involved we don't know how we're waiting for police arrived here this part to brief us I give us more information on the shooting itself.
We've been told that there is no active investigation no active search for a second shooter that could mean that they have already.
Captured a second person if someone was involved but we haven't been able to confirm that yet again.
Want to tell our viewers that that President Obama was notified of the shooting this morning at 10:30 AM eastern time.
That the FBI will be supporting local law enforcement.
On seeing there he was asked for his reaction Jay Carney said.
I don't want that -- that until we know more about what's happened but obviously the president as a father.
Those enormous sympathy for the families and wants to do everything we can't support the -- state and local law enforcement.
During this very tragic event he was also.
Whether assault weapons bans whether that remains a commitment of the president.
And the answer was yes it does remain.
It does made a commitment of -- but today is not a day to engage in the usual Washington policy debates go ahead -- We just got this the sources Reuters that entire classroom of students is unaccounted for after -- shooting.
We were told that a kindergarten class.
-- might have been the scene.
Of much of the gunfire and that this is correct.
That would that suggested that entire kindergarten class may have been going down in this horrible incident.
Rick Leventhal stand by --