Yesterday at 9.30am Newton Police received their first phone call from Sandy Hook Primary School. Within 10 minutes, a gunman had opened the small school in rural Connecticut and began shooting. Believed to have ties to the school, the shooter carried two handguns and wore a bullet proof vest.
The ABC is reporting as many as 28 people are confirmed dead. Up to 20 of them are children.
It is understood that the gunman has since confirmed dead at the scene and there are a reports that a second man (possibly his brother) has been arrested in association with the murders.The area has now been secured by local police and students have been evacuated from the school.
While details continue to emerge, the death toll so far has been confirmed as at least the second highest from a school shooting in US history, after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 where 32 people were killed.
US President Barack Obama has addressed the nation and the world this morning, wiping away tears as he spoke about the tragedy.
This from Sky News US: