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Few details are being released about the shooter responsible for killing dozens at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police so far say 27 people, including the shooter, were killed at the school and a 28th person killed at a home in Newtown. Josh Robin has more from Newtown.

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- We're expected to learn more Saturday morning about the person who shot more than two dozen people in Connecticut on Friday morning. Police say they will hold another press conference around 8 a.m. after a positive identification is made and more work is done overnight.

We know 27 people are dead, including 20 children. That also includes the shooter, who police are not yet identifying. They say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police also say there is a second crime scene at a home in Newtown. The Associated Press is reporting that 28th body at the second crime scene is that of the shooter's mother. She worked at the school.

Police say after getting 911 calls, police were on the scene in the school as quickly as possible, knowing it was an active scene.

"These guys, when they got to the door, were the first in the door when they got to the door and the surrounding police departments and the troopers, their training kicked in. This is something you train for, plan for, work towards and hope you never have to use. Their training kicked in. They saved a lot of lives. They did a great job,” said Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance.

“Each member of the family, Connecticut, we're all in this together. We’ll do whatever we can to overcome this event. We will get through it, but this is a terrible time for this community and these families,” said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

FBI crisis management team will be available Saturday for residents, family members and also for first responders, police, fire and EMS.

Vigil held to remember victims

Hundreds came out for services around the town to remember the victims of the shooting. Our Christian Farrell was there as well and he has more from Newtown.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Hundreds came out for services around the town to remember the victims of the shooting. At one services, so many people attended that there was an overflow outside of the church.

Everyone is now gathering, hoping to seek comfort and start the healing process following this tragedy.

Twenty-six candles were lit outside of one church, remembering the victims, 20 of whom were elementary school children.

We spoke with one family at the vigil, who had two children inside of the school when the horror began.

"It’s setting in and it's tough. This little one is scared out of his mind and each one is dealing with it differently, but I don't think it's set in yet and everybody's still numb," one person said.

"It was amazing to see them, but at the same time, our hearts go out to those who were not as lucky," said another.

Groups of people were walking through the town Friday night, gathering on lawns and in front of buildings while holding hands and lighting candles.

Many people also traveled to Newtown from out of state to lend their support for the grieving community.

Authorities search New Jersey apartment

In Hoboken, New Jersey, authorities spent the day at the apartment of the shooter's brother, searching for evidence. Dean Meminger has that part of the story.

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Governor Dan Malloy gives update on deadly shooting

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Cuomo releases statement

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement following Friday's shooting in Connecticut. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman has more from the Capitol.

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President Obama addresses deadly shooting


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Statements from officials

New York Governor Andrew 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."


Statement of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

“With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

Statement of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

“As a parent and grandparent, I am overcome with both grief and outrage by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint this day in our hearts and minds. My heart goes out to the families impacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. Innocent children will now never attend a prom, never play in a big game, never step foot on a college campus. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”

National PTA President Betsy Landers

"National PTA feels enormous sympathy for the students, families and communities affected by the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., today. Our country has experienced far too many of these tragedies, and we all share in the sense of loss and hurt.

School and child safety is one of PTA’s core tenets as it is crucial to effective learning. A traumatic event like that of this morning affects the entire community, especially the families and friends of the victims. This can be an emotional time, and it’s important for people affected by this tragedy to connect with and support each other.

National PTA has many resources to assist students, families, schools and PTAs in coping with school violence. The resources are downloadable at pta.org.

National PTA believes the protection of children in all school settings is a fundamental right and has made this the utmost priority for our work and advocacy."


Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Newtown, Connecticut, School Shootings

"School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today's heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community.

Our hearts and prayers go out to every parent, child, teacher, staff member, and administrator at Sandy Hook and the surrounding community. And our thanks go out to every teacher, staff member, and first responder who cared for, comforted, and protected children from harm, often at risk to themselves. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the healing and recovery of Newtown."

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