Those who are looking for updates on the shooting in Connecticut might have trouble finding them on Facebook or Twitter, where the gunman who killed multiple people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT has sparked a debate on gun control among social media users. Firsthand accounts are scarce as news outlets race to get in on the conversation.
The New York Times quoted the Danbury Hospital Facebook page, among other sources, in its coverage of the tragedy earlier today: “Danbury Hospital said it was treating three patients from the shooting scene, according to its Facebook page. The hospital, which is not far from the elementary school, said it was on lockdown.”
Other reports have surfaced from people who were on the scene. For those who are checking the status of the victims as the story unfolds:
- A livestream of the press conference is available from the local Fox station in Connecticut at CTNow.com.
- The Hartford Courant is also on the scene. Links to those articles can be found on the Twitter handle @hartfordcourant.
- CNN has spoken to law enforcement officials and is posting updates on @CNN.
- Reuters.com is curating coverage from multiple outlets on its Twitter handle, @reuters.
Our sibling blog TVNewser reports that all three evening news anchors: Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley, will be anchoring from Connecticut this evening.
For a mix of news and commentary, the following hashtags and keywords are trending on Twitter:
The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence is posting opportunities for people to sign petitions and make donations to help the cause on its Facebook page.