UPDATE: 27 dead in Conn. school shooting

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Teacher leads kids away from shooting

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (Photo credit: Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks / AP)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children.

Ambulances surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter flew overhead.

The superintendent’s office says the district has locked down schools.

State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the shooting reports.

   Parents rush to school after shooting

The mother of an 8-year-old girl who attends Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., says it was “the happiest moment” of her life when she saw that her daughter was OK after today’s shooting at the school.

Frantic parents rushed to the school to check on their children. One woman holding her two children outside the school said she was stunned that the shooting had happened in her town.

The father of one 8-year-old student says his daughter heard two loud bangs, before teachers huddled her and other students into a corner.

A photo posted by the Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of children — some crying, others visibly frightened — being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, with their hands on each other’s shoulders.

Obama briefed on Connecticut shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning.

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president was first informed about the incident by his counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan. Carney says Obama will continue to receive regular updates throughout the day.

Carney would not confirm any details about the shooting.

The White House says the FBI is supporting state and local law enforcement officials in Connecticut as they respond to and investigate the incident.

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