5 heartbreaking images from Connecticut's devastating school shooting

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These pictures speak louder than words

Shortly after 9 a.m. on an otherwise unassuming day in Newton, Conn., a gunman entered a kindergarten classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, beginning a rampage that has reportedly left as many as 27 people dead, 18 of whom are children. The shooter is reportedly dead, but police continue to scour the rural terrain and keep nearby schools on lockdown. As this horrifying story continues to unfold, here are a look at some heartbreaking photos of children evacuating, families reuniting, and loved ones in waiting:

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A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the shooting. (Photo: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Young children wait outside the school. (Photo: REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin)

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Family members embrace. (Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

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A young, coatless girl is draped in a blanket after being evacuated. (Photo: REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin)

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Police lead children away from the school on Friday morning. (Photo: AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

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