WZZM-13 is reporting via the AP that Connecticut State Police say they are assisting local police in Newtown following a deadly school shooting.

ABC News is reporting more than a dozen people are dead including children. CBS is reporting at least 27 people are dead.

The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.

The Newtown Bee newspaper posted a photo of a group of young students -- some crying, others looking visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.