Police: Gunman killed 20 children, 6 adults before he died
Jonathan Hunt reports
- Duration 5:13
- Date Dec 14, 2012
Jonathan Hunt reports
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-- We have team fox coverage Molly Line and Ed Henry -- with us tonight but we begin with the fox reports chief correspondent.
Jonathan Hunt with -- live in new town tonight and Jonathan.
It is hard to imagine.
What these children.
Went through today.
It's the terror that they experienced today bill -- imaginable the pictures that you see those faces.
Filled with the -- is the faces filled with -- Give you some idea of these what tiny children ages between five and ten we were told.
Being brought out of that school in the middle all of a horrific scene.
Then -- perhaps only match by the terror of parents.
Who -- that this scene it was unfolding kind of rushed to the school in a desperate search for their children listen.
Doesn't even seem real it just does not seen legacy -- possible there's no words it's sheer terror.
And and a sense of immediate urgency and.
You know to get to your child.
And to be there to protect.
Now we're told that as they were being -- that the children who survive this -- they would told by cops.
To cover their eyes one can only imagine they would told that.
Because they were literally stepping our round kind of over.
The bodies of their costs and it's built.
There's been a lot of confusion throughout the day quite frankly hop on the fast for this story we're trying to sort this through the hour we -- your viewers at home and patient as we work through it there's a lot of confusion too about the shooter.
What can we report.
Well -- we're being told now by US officials say is that the issue today is twenty year old Adam lands there was confusion.
Earlier because he may have been carrying his elder brother about Ryan -- uses ID his elder brother is twenty -- he is now in custody.
He is helping the FBI with the questions apparently being very cooperative not a suspect in any way but the shooter we're told.
This twenty year old Adam lands and according to the reporting on our -- Rick Leventhal who's been leading much of the reporting today on this.
Adam lands -- woke up this morning at his mother's home.
Shot her in the face and then it came to -- -- and imagine the scene right now they -- sandy hook elementary bill.
Those -- the bodies of the children many of them is still that we are told.
And the difficulties of -- in identifying it in many ways the only way because these kids obviously don't carry ID is for the parents to actually identify.
The bodies themselves governor Malloy told about that difficult process earlier today listen.
Our police personnel.
And others are doing the utmost.
Clear this situation as soon as possible.
And to return these children to their parents.
Or these loved ones.
To their fellow loved ones as quickly as possible.
And will work but.
All of the residents of this community and and Connecticut.
To make sure that we do in fact get through the.
I'm just imagine build -- done many of these parents have probably already from -- And wrapped Christmas presents for them under the trade.
They'll never really -- -- -- ten or eleven days and now.
Tom we have been told that inside that school here it's a grisly scene and it's not simplistic meaning that there is.
A lot of evidence these investigators have to go through and the mind reels when you think about if you're a police officer arriving inside that classroom for the first time.
The -- you must have seen there are accounts apparently that some of his first responders.
Are pretty broken yeah.
Police officers and fire -- as there was a fire -- very Nia.
Sandy hook elementary school in some of those firefighters were among the first to get that time we heard reports we did not say -- their -- -- that we heard reports that many of them.
We're leaving at the school in tears they've gone -- -- obviously.
-- twenty children among 26.
Dead so it is obviously there will be a lot of canceling for the children.
For the parents.
And as the -- said today for the first responders listen.
Certainly all the first responders to come together college alerts.
It's amazing how the immense amount of local.
Stanley has shown here in the and -- -- of new everyone's coming together supporting everyone working together.
Frankly it's all the questions -- how -- why this occurred and trying to in my support of all the people involved including the.
Almost impossible -- I think ultimately.
To even putting -- woods the amount of pain being felt in this.
Communities Jonathan I've been with you throughout -- -- and terrific work up here under very trying circumstances and just meaning that people in the town you you really feel for what they're going through two we should get a briefing the sheriff's department again this hour so when that happens or bring it to you Jonathan thank you.