20 Kids Among 27 Killed in School Shooting
Adam Lanza killed his mother, then went to the school, say police
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 9:57 AM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2012 3:21 PM CST
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(Newser) – Details in this morning's horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are clarifying: A young man killed his mother at their home, then drove to the elementary school he attended as a youth and killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults, reports the Hartford Courant. The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, then killed himself. Early reports said his mother, Nancy Lanza, was a kindergarten teacher at the school, but that doesn't appear to be the case, reports Mediaite. More of what's known so far:

  • Lanza's older brother Ryan was initially named as the suspect by a law enforcement official, possibly because Adam was carrying his brother's ID. Ryan, who lives in Hoboken, NJ, was questioned, but authorities say he played no role in the shootings, reports the AP.
  • Authorities say someone turned on an intercom in the school's main office, which captured the hysteria of what was happening when Lanza first entered the building. It also gave everyone else in the school time to prepare.
  • Most of the victims were shot in two first-grade classrooms.
  • Three weapons were found in the school: a Glock and a Sig-Sauer, both of which are handguns, and a .223 Bushmaster rifle; a fourth was found outside the school, possibly in a car, reports AP. Nancy Lanza was reportedly a gun collector, and the weapons may have been registered to her.
  • An emotional President Obama talked about the killings this afternoon.
  • It's the second worst school shooting in US history, after Virginia Tech but deadlier than Columbine.
  • Adam Lanza's father was stunned at the news.

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Dec 16, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Still think a new set of 'gun laws' can fix this new uprising of gun/maniac incidents? That's just Obama's false face attempt to appear that he's making a response as a President of the United States. He's just as helpless as the rest of us. Nothing can change people's thoughts. To keep people out of a building who don't belong inside won't help. The perps are internal. They're suicidal too (to make it even worse), so threats of the Chair as a punishment won't even help. An unthinkable ½-solution would be to have armed guards in all schools from now on. But we'd be turning our childcare intitutions into Marshal Law Military Zones!!!
Dec 15, 2012 11:09 AM CST
Adam Lanza,,,the new poster boy for the NRA tohang his picture in their Hall of Fame,,,,
Dec 15, 2012 8:47 AM CST
The Michigan legislature just last week passed a law allowing those with special training to carry in schools and some other locations previously prohibited. It is going to the governor's desk, and he is a Republican. This means that a teacher would be able to carry on school campus by law. I am absolutely certain some teachers will. I suppose there may be school policy that prohibits it, but I do believe that would be legally challenged. My expectation is that MI will become a test tube for this topic very soon.