A GUNMAN is feared to have killed 27 people including 18 children in one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
The shooter - believed to be 24-years-old from New Jersey - is confirmed dead and body still inside the school.After the gunman believed to be a student's father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut making it the worst school shooting in U.S. history.
Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in one of the kindergarten classrooms of the school at 9.35am.
There are preliminary reports a student's 24-year-old father was the shooter and that he went from classroom to classroom firing at students and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle.
An entire classroom of students is unaccounted for and frantic parents are desperately seeking information on the safety of their children.
The gunman is dead and his body still at the scene, though it is unclear if he shot himself or was brought down by an officer.
A second man who was seen running from the scene right after the shooting was taken into custody a few hours later after he was found in nearby woods.