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US school shooting: At least 10 children killed

Last updated on: December 14, 2012 23:40 IST

Several people, including children, at least 10, were killed after an unidentified person opened fire in an elementary school in Connecticut today with the shooter now believed to be dead.

The Hartford Courant reported that the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The shooter, who had two firearms, is believed to dead.

Governor Dannel Malloy's spokesperson Andrew Doba said the governor is monitoring the situation and is in "constant contact" with state police, who are coordinating with federal and local officials.

The police has reached the scene and were escorting the children from the school.

The number of victims is still unclear.

According to early reports, the shooting took place in a kindergarten classroom.

Shortly after 9 am, police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school and a person in one room had "numerous gunshot wounds," the Hartford Courant said.

Early pictures released from the scene showed groups of students, some of them crying, were being escorted away from the school by their teachers.

Tensed parents had also reached the school.

School and local emergency officials are accounting for the children, who will be released to their parents to get them home.

Officials are still actively searching the school.

Yoshita Singh in New York
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