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At least 27 are dead, 18 of them children, following a shooting this morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The gunman has been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of New Jersey. Connecticut State Police say he is deceased.

Police say Lanza was armed with four weapons and was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he opened fire.

Here is a link to live, streaming special-report coverage from ABC news. Also, President Obama is expected to speak at 3:15 which we will play live here on WBTA.

Update (3:29): President Obama's comments:

"As a country, we have been through this too many times, whether it's an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, a temple in Wisconsin, a movie theatre in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago -- these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children."

"We're going to have to comne together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

"This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we'll tell them that we love them and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another."

"I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent...I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

Update (3:49):

Check this link from ABC News for a live blog of developments from Connecticut.

Update (4:11):

-Twenty children are dead (18 at the school and two at the hospital). 

-There are conflicting reports about the identity of the gunman.

Update (4:17):

Tweet from Associated Press: "BREAKING: A law enforcement official is now saying the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza"

Update (4:50): Statement from Governor Cuomo

"I was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the innocent victims – many of whom were young children – whose lives were claimed by this senseless and horrific act of violence. During times of such unthinkable tragedy, all New Yorkers stand together with the people of our neighboring state to grieve the loss of life and help bear the pain and anguish that will be felt by so many in the weeks, months, and years to come.

 

"While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns. We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."

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