Police: Gunman Forced His Way Into School

Also, his mother apparently did not teach there after all

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 15, 2012 10:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Police are still keeping many of the details of the Connecticut school shooting under wraps, but they made clear this morning that the gunman didn't simply walk into the building, reports the Washington Post. "He was not let in voluntarily," a State Police lieutenant said. "He forced his way into the school." The Hartford Courant reports that he fired about six shots through the front door. School principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the attack, recently put into place new security measures that required the school's doors to be locked in the morning.

Police still haven't revealed much about the possible motive of the shooter identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, but said they were collecting "very good evidence" on that front, reports AP. Early reports identified Lanza's mother as a kindergarten teacher at the school, leading to speculation that Lanza was able to walk in unquestioned. Now, however, it appears that Nanzy Lanza didn't work there, reports Mediaite.

Volunteer firefighters carry flowers to a makeshift memorial near the Sandy Hook Elementary School Saturday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police conducts a news briefing Saturday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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