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Tragedy In Connecticut: Shooting At Elementary School

Tragedy struck this morning in Newtown, Conn., where there's been a shooting at an elementary school and it's being reported that some -- perhaps many -- of the children there were killed.

As of 12:45 p.m. ET the information being reported by local and national media was widely varied -- from a few deaths to more than 20.

A news briefing is tentatively set for 1 p.m. ET. We will monitor and update as it happens.

Meanwhile, our original post and earlier updates follow:

There was a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., this morning, but as is often the case in the early minutes and hours after such a tragedy it is not clear what has happened.

We will update when more solid information comes in about the situation at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Among the local news outlets that are following the story closely:

-- NBC Connecticut.

-- The Newtown Bee.

-- The Hartford Courant.

-- Danbury's News Times.

WSHU reporter Craig Lemoult has also just arrived at the scene.

Update at 12:37 p.m. ET. Hospital Confirms Three Patients; News Conference Set For 1 p.m. ET Again:

John Murphy, a spokesman at Danbury Hospital, just told reporters that there are three patients at the hospital with injuries suffered during the incident. He also said it's his understanding that police will be briefing at 1 p.m. ET.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. News Briefing Moved Up:

Authorities are now expected to brief the news media shortly.

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET. News Briefing Later:

Connecticut State Police are expected to hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. ET.

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