Local Reactions to Sandy Hook Shooting

By Kelly McCarthy

December 14, 2012 Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A gunman opens fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut leaving at least 28 dead.

20 of the victims are between the ages of five and 10 years old.

The shooter has been identified as 20 year old Adam Lanza, whose mother is a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Action News talks to people around the Southern Tier and tells us how their reaction after this tragic event.

"I just feel very very sorry for anybody that has anything to do with these, relatives, family friends, it's just not good," said Sandra Hippinstiel of Gilbertsville.

"It's heartbreaking, especially since it was at a younger school, I can't believe things like that are going on," said Amanda Carroll of Long Island.

"You send them to school thinking they're safe," said Hazel Shevalier of Cincinnatus.

As more details are released about the tragic event, they stand speechless.

The first responses were all questions.

"I just really wonder what leads someone to go to that extreme, how do things get that bad," said Carroll.

"I don't know what's going on in this country as far as all these shootings are and I don't know what the answer is," said Hippenstiel.

After "why," they soon asked "how."

The shooter, 20 year old Adam Lanza, killed 18 children at the scene and two more children died at the hospital.

Connecticut State Police found two handguns with his body, and a rifle in his vehicle.

"Gun control certainly is not the answer in my opinion, but other people have entirely different opinions on that," said Hippenstiel.

"The whole gun control law and the easy access to maintain guns and people's upbringing to gun culture I guess, so i feel like the way people are exposed to it, it's never going to stop," said Kevin Caselli of Stony Point.

Those who describe Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary say it's always been a safe and caring community.

Just as those I talked to say about their own.

"But I think that's something that happens, you never think it will happen to you, and that's why things like this are so shocking and scary," said Carroll.

"It could happen anywhere, at any time, nobody has a guarantee on tomorrow, it's really, really sad," said Hippenstiel.

At least 28 total are dead including the gunman and an adult at a secondary crime scene and at least one teacher was wounded.

The shooting took place in two classrooms.

Lanza's older brother 24 year old Ryan Lanza is in custody in New Jersey for questioning.

Lieutenant Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police says Lanza's body was found in the school but did not say how he was killed.

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