Connecticut Elementary School Shooting Prompts Increased Police Patrols on Long Island

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

Both Nassau and Suffolk County police are increasing patrols in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school mass shooting that left 27 dead, including 20 children.

“The Nassau County Police Department is aware of the situation with the Connecticut school shooting and is intensifying patrols around schools but there is no reason to believe there is any threat to Nassau County schools,” police spokesman Inspector Kenneth Lack said.


Suffolk County Police echoed the sentiment.

“As a precaution the Suffolk County Police Department is increasing marked and unmarked units around all school facilities,” the department said in a statement.

On Friday morning, a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Conn. The shooter is reportedly a 20-year-old Connecticut man, but police would not confirm his name.

The death toll is more than this year’s Colorado movie theatre massacre and Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting spree combined.

Two pistols and a rifle were found at the scene. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school and the two pistols were recovered from inside the school.

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