UPDATE 1-Gunman in Connecticut school shooting found dead -police

Reuters Middle East

NEWTOWN, Conn., Dec 14 (Reuters) - The gunman at an

elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which at

least 27 people including 18 children, were killed, has been

found dead inside the school building, state police officials

said on Friday.

"The shooter is deceased inside the building," said

Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance, at a press

conference outside the school. "The scene is secure."

Vance declined to confirm the number of dead.

"There were several fatalities at the scene, both students

and staff," he told reporters.

Police were called to the school at 9:30 a.m. local time,

Vance said.

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