Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters, via LandovHorrorNewtown, Connecticut, School Shooting: Photos From the SceneEighteen children are reported dead in a horrific mass shooting at a New England elementary school. See heartbreaking photos from the scene.12.15.12 1:30 PM ETMichelle McLoughlin/Reuters, via LandovJessica Hill/AP A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the shooting. Sandy Hook is located about 60 miles northeast of New York City. The school has 650 students. Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee, via AP Connecticut State Police lead children from the school. The adult gunman, named as Adam Lanza, is dead. Adrees Latif/Reuters, via Landov Police patrol the streets outside. One student told an NBC affiliate: “I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled. We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside.” Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters, via Landov A young boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School. Eighteen children were killed in the shooting on Friday morning, and total fatalities could be up to 27 people. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Residents grieve outside the school. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty The alleged gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say. Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters, via Landov A woman carries her daughter. Check here for more breaking updates. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Residents grieve outside the school. Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/MCT, via Landov A woman talks to a state police officer at the scene. John Woike/Hartford Courant/MCT, via Landov Parents arrive at Sandy Hook early Friday morning. Adrees Latif/Reuters, via Landov Family members embrace each other outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting. Jessica Hill/AP Parents pick up their children outside. CNN's Meredith Artley said she heard "at least 100 rounds" fired. Charles Dharapak/AP President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the shooting. Win McNamee/Getty A National Park Service employee lowers flags at the base of the Washington Monument to half staff after President Obama ordered the action.