Police have arrested a possible second shooter in the Connecticut school shooting that took the lives of at least 18 children and 27 people in total.
The death toll in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is said to be preliminary and will likely change, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported. Though it is not clear if there was a second shooter inside the school, but police reportedly had another individual in custody who was suspected of being involved in the massacre.
Initial reports noted that unconfirmed information indicates that the gunman was the father of one of the students. The second shooter suspect is close to 20 years old and reportedly drove to the school from New Jersey, CBS News reported.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene with multiple people shot. An 8-year-old student told WCBS-TV he encountered the gunman as he was walking to the school’s office.
“I saw some of the bullets going down the hall and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom,” the boy said.
Witnesses say that the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was shot, along with a school psychologist and the vice-principal, CNN reported. Much of the shooting took place in a kindergarten classroom, the Courant added.
The Associated Press added more details to the developing Connecticut school shooting story, nothing that the 20-year-old man arrested had two guns including a .223-caliber rifle. New Jersey State Police were reportedly searching a location in the state in connection with the Connecticut school shooting, which is said to be the home of the potential second shooter.