NEWTOWN, Conn. - State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, school officials said.

NEWTOWN, Conn. - State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, school officials said.

Police are reporting a number of injured parties. The nature of their injuries is not clear.

State police sources said one shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed.

Soon after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had "numerous gunshot wounds," police said.

Groups of students - some crying, some holding hands - were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.

Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around 10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.

A staging area has been set up for students and their parents near the school. Area hospitals have been alerted.

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)2012 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.)