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
Volunteer firefighters carry flowers to a makeshift memorial near the Sandy Hook Elementary School Saturday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(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.

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Dec 16, 2012 10:38 AM CST
\Well folks! The medea make mistakes . So let it go.
Dec 15, 2012 3:10 PM CST
Sobe, you should go to a school in Ct, and see how easy it is to just walk in. I work in one,and if someone wants to get in, they can. They are not secure as prisons. One shot at a glass window in a door and you are in. Don't jump to a conclusion and say that the gunman was let in. Also, Authorities cannot magicaly appear in time to stop a killer from doing so. They have to get there. Seconds are all it takes to claim a human life. Think before you speak. These people have enough to deal with for the rest of their lives. This is a tragedy in more ways than one can imagine.
Dec 15, 2012 1:29 PM CST
This is BS! Either the school let him in or they failed to call the authorities. You can't just force your way into a school without getting security and the rest of the police department after you. They let him in and the family of those 26 victims should sue the school for the crappy security.