Suspect's Father Stunned at News
Reporter informs him as he arrives home
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 2:01 PM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2012 5:49 PM CST
Police at the scene of the shooting.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – After some initial confusion, police have identified today's shooter at a Connecticut school as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Little is known about him so far, and the Danbury News-Times reports that his father, Peter, learned of the news from reporters after he arrived home, rolled down his car window, and "politely" asked one of the assembled journalists, "Is there something I can do for you?" Then comes this remarkable paragraph:

  • "When he was told his address had been linked to the Newtown school shooting, Lanza took the news as a blow—his face turning from patient to surprised and horrified. He promptly rolled up the window of his car, declined to comment, and pulled his vehicle into the right door of the two-car garage, before closing it behind him."

NBC News, meanwhile, reports that Adam's older brother, Ryan, told police that his brother had a history of mental illness. And a police official tells AP that Adam had some kind of personality disorder. Adam had lived with his mother, a kindergarten teacher at the school who is now presumed dead. She was divorced from Adam's father. Police brought Ryan Lanza in for questioning after the shooting—in fact, he was mistakenly identified as the shooter—but now don't think he played any role. He told authorities he hadn't spoken to his brother since 2010.

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Dec 15, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Mental illness huh! The kid should have treated for it and watched. Maybe the shooting may not have happened. The kid went off the end and now kids and adults are dead because of this. The gun laws in this country do not work.
Dec 15, 2012 9:10 AM CST
It's easy to buy a gun. Maybe two or three or a hundred. Any kind of gun. Black powder, Single shot, automatic, semi automatic, rifle, shotgun, even a cannon, how about a bazooka, mortar, hand grenades, 50 caliber machine gun, the list goes on and on. There must be millions and millions of guns in this country. You name it ,you can buy it, and you can make it shoot as designed no matter how it's sold. Congress needs to make buying a gun more difficult. If you want it, then you have to go through a long pain in the ass process to get it. What is it, why you want it, what's it going to be used for, who your buying it from , etc. If you got one, you better come up with a valid excuse for needing two. There's a middle ground here. It can't all be the way the NRA says it should be. The violence is getting out of control. And all the wrong people are shooting people because the guns are so plentyful.
Dec 15, 2012 8:57 AM CST
The URL on this story says the shooter is Ryan Lanza yet the entire story IDs the shooter as Adam. Which is it?