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Principal, 18 Children Killed by Gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School

| by Michael Allen

Update: The death toll is now up to at least 18 children. A total of 24 individuals are presumed dead, although some reports put the number as high as 27.

A principal and at least two children were reportedly shot by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut at 9:41a.m. today.

Connecticut State Police said one shooter is dead, but there were two handguns found at the scene. Police went from room-to-room to find the possible second gunman, reports the Daily Mail.

Speaking with MSNBC, one unidentified mother said: "The principal was killed and some other people were shot."

The woman's daughter added: "Miss Martin closed the door and we went into the corner, before the gunman fired lots of shots."

There are a number of people with injuries, with three sent to a local hospital.

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Teachers and students were in morning meetings when the shots rang out. The children were locked inside their classrooms until police came and then the kids were evacuated to a nearby fire station (pictured above), reports the The Hartford Courant.

Update: According to the New York Daily News 27 people were killed -- 18 children and nine adults.