Less than 8 hours ago, the sleepy town of Newtown, Connecticut was rocked to its core by an act of violence so malevolent and unbelievable that it is vibrating through the country.
At 9:35AM EST, a 24 year old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and proceeded to kill 20 students and 7 adults (so the numbers are at this time). The children ranged in age from 5 years old to 10 years old. Details are still not completely known at this time as to all the information about the suspect.
The suspect is Ryan Lanza, and was found dead on the scene, it is not known whether or not he was killed by officers or if he killed himself. He fired into two classrooms, one of which was a Kindergarten classroom taught by his mother, believed to be the primary target of his assault.
Weapons recovered have been a Glock, a Sig Sauer (both found in the school), and a .223 rifle (found in a car on the premises). Witnesses report the sound of gunfire, general chaos and death. One witness stated that three of her coworkers went into the hallway, leaving a meeting to investigate the source of the sound. Only one was able to make it back into the office, the other two perished in the gunfire.
Officers arrived on scene after the incident occurred and secured the scene. Children were told to shield their eyes by officers as they were lead out of the building.
Articles are now flooding the web regarding this incident, with an emotional President of the United States, gun rights activists up in arms and psychologists comparing this group of survivors (roughly 600) to that of the children who survived Columbine 13 years ago.
In all of this madness, all I can do is pray for the children and their families, and that this dark day passes, and that they are able to see the light again tomorrow.