Nearly 30 people died Friday in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Shliach Shaya Deitsch, on the scene, says, "The people in the streets here are giving each other comfort and strength."
Nearly 30 people died Friday in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
At least 10 of the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School were children, the source said. At a news conference Friday afternoon, state police Lt. Paul Vance would say only that there had been "several fatalities."
The school was secure, and the public was not in danger, Vance said.
"Why? Why?" one woman wailed as she walked up a wooded roadway leading from the school.
A parent who was inside the school at the time of the attack said she heard what sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. She said she saw two school employees who had died.
Hospital officials in neighboring Danbury said they were treating three people wounded in the shooting. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the victims were in "very serious" condition.
The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti. The suspect's body is in a classroom at the school, the source said.
Police and teachers rushed students from the building as police swarmed the area shortly after the first calls came in, around 9:40 a.m. ET. Officials moved students to a nearby firehouse, where parents frantically sought information about their children.
Rabbi Shaya Deitsch is the Shliach in the nearby Ridgefield, Connecticut area, and he is at the firehouse now, he told COLlive.
After hearing of the horrific shooting, Rabbi Deitsch rushed to the scene to see if he could help families affected. "At this point, none of the members of the Jewish community were involved," he said.
While at the scene, Deitsch said he spoke with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who told the Shliach, "It's Chanukah. It was supposed to be a lighter day today."
"I told him, 'Light always overpowers darkness.'"
Rabbi Deitsch said the people in the area are giving each other strength in the wake of the tragedy. "The people in the streets here are giving each other comfort and strength. People are hugging and encouraging each other," he said.
"We will be inviting people to join us on Shabbos to light Shabbos and Chanukah candles to add extra light in this city and say a prayer for the victims and their families," he said.