Over 20 dead in Connecticut school shooting

(UPDATED AT 10:23 p.m.) A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots reverberating through the building and screams echoing over the intercom.
Associated Press
Dec 14, 2012

The 20-year-old killer, carrying at least two handguns, committed suicide at the school, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
The rampage, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that claimed 33 lives in 2007.
"Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama, struggling to maintain his composure, said at the White House. He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings. "As a country, we have been through this too many times," he said.
Police shed no light on the motive for the attack. The gunman, Adam Lanza, was believed to suffer from a personality disorder and lived with his mother, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it.
Panicked parents looking for their children raced to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, a prosperous New England community of about 27,000 people 60 miles northeast of New York City. Police told youngsters at the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school to close their eyes as they were led from the building so that they wouldn't see the blood and broken glass.
Schoolchildren — some crying, others looking frightened — were escorted through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.
Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity said that Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, then drove to the school in her car with at least three guns, including a high-powered rifle that he apparently left in the back of the vehicle, and shot up two classrooms around 9:30 a.m.
Authorities gave no details on exactly how the attack unfolded, but police radio traffic indicated the shooting lasted only a few minutes.
A custodian ran through the halls, warning of a gunman on the loose, and someone switched on the intercom, alerting people in the building to the attack — and perhaps saving many lives — by letting them hear the hysteria going on in the school office, a teacher said. Teachers locked their doors and ordered children to huddle in a corner or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building.
State police Lt. Paul Vance said 28 people in all were killed, including the gunman, and a woman who worked at the school was wounded.
A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said investigators believe Lanza attended the school several years ago but appeared to have no recent connection to the place.
At least one parent said Lanza's mother was a substitute teacher there. But her name did not appear on a staff list. And the law enforcement official said investigators were unable to establish any connection so far between her and the school.
Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., was being questioned, but a law enforcement official said he was not believed to have had a role in the rampage. Investigators were searching his computers and phone records, but he told law enforcement he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation.
At one point, a law enforcement official mistakenly identified the gunman as Ryan Lanza. Brett Wilshe, a friend of Ryan Lanza's, said Lanza told him the gunman may have had his identification. Updates posted on Ryan Lanza's Facebook page Friday afternoon read, "It wasn't me" and "I was at work."
Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. "That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he said. "He was very brave. He waited for his friends."
He said the shooter didn't utter a word.
Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs. Teachers told her to get in a corner, he said. "It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said. His daughter was uninjured.
Theodore Varga was in a meeting with other fourth-grade teachers when he heard the gunfire. He said someone had turned on the intercom so that "you could hear people in the office. You could hear the hysteria that was going on. I think whoever did that saved a lot of people. Everyone in the school was listening to the terror that was transpiring."
Also, a custodian ran around, warning people there was someone with a gun, Varga said.
"He said, 'Guys! Get down! Hide!'" Varga said. "So he was actually a hero." The teacher said he did not know if the custodian survived.
On Friday night, hundreds of people packed a Newtown church and stood outside in a vigil for the victims. People held hands, lit candles and sang "Silent Night" at St. Rose of Lima church.
Anthony Bloss, whose three daughters survived the shootings, said they are doing better than he is. "I'm numb. I'm completely numb," he said at the vigil.
Mergim Bajraliu, 17, said he heard the gunshots echo from his home and ran to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was uninjured, heard a scream come over the intercom. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.
"Everyone was just traumatized," he said.
Mary Pendergast said her 9-year-old nephew was in the school at the time of the shooting but wasn't hurt after his music teacher helped him take cover in a closet.
Richard Wilford's 7-year-old son, Richie, told him that he heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." The boy said a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the children huddle in the corner until police arrived.
"There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."
On Friday afternoon, family members were led away from a firehouse that was being used as a staging area, some of them weeping. One man, wearing a T-shirt without a jacket, put his arms around a woman as they walked down the middle of the street, oblivious to everything around them. Another woman with tears rolling down her face walked by, carrying a car seat with a baby inside.
"Evil visited this community today and it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut — we're all in this together. We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event," Gov. Dannel Malloy said.
Adam Lanza and his mother lived in a well-to-do part of Newtown where neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM.
At least three guns were found — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, inside the school, and a .223-caliber rifle in the back of a car, authorities said. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of the guns used in the attack may have belonged to Lanza's mother, who had legally purchased five weapons.
The shootings instantly brought to mind such tragedies as the Columbine High School massacre that killed 15 in 1999 and the July shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead.
"You go to a movie theater in Aurora and all of a sudden your life is taken," Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis said. "You're at a shopping mall in Portland, Ore., and your life is taken. This morning, when parents kissed their kids goodbye knowing that they are going to be home to celebrate the holiday season coming up, you don't expect this to happen."
He added: "It has to stop, these senseless deaths."
Obama's comments on the tragedy amounted to one of the most outwardly emotional moments of his presidency.
"The majority of those who died were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," Obama said.
He paused for several seconds to keep his composure as he teared up and wiped an eye. Nearby, two aides cried and held hands as they listened to Obama.
"They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, wedding, kids of their own," Obama continued about the victims. "Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children."
Associated Press writers Jim Fitzgerald and Pat Eaton-Robb in Newtown, Bridget Murphy in Boston, Samantha Henry in Newark, N.J., Pete Yost in Washington and Michael Melia in Hartford contributed to this report, as did the AP News Research Center.




Acts of senseless violence are always tragic, but this is especially true when innocent children are involved. Horrified at today's events especially since I have a 7 and 9 year old


Children shouldn't have to worry about being safe in school. God bless everyone impacted by this situation.


Good God, all because a 24 y/o wanted to kill his mother.

No wonder people want to home school their kids.


It is sad, however, he was 20. His brother who has not had contact with the shooter since 2010, is 24.

R.I.P these precious souls, god bless these families


as I corrected in a later post.


I think soon that school will be held at home through computers. It's the only way to assure their safety.

the office cat

This man's FIRST victim was killed in her home...


OMG...tragic and unnecessary...


I think the gun laws should be changed......... They should allow children to carry guns now. But then one would argue that a child is not mature enough, or of sound mind, to carry a gun. Was the shooter?



One day it will be every teacher will be wearing holsters and firepower. Or every school will have armed guards.

the office cat

Michigans RTW governor has a law on his desk that would allow persons, with eight additional hours of class - to have an expanded conceal/carry license allowing them to have guns in daycare, hospitals, nursing homes - schools. BUT... Michigan's legislature refuses to consider funding for Mental Health.

The Big Dog's back



Grab your kids and hold them tight and pray for the kids, staff and families of Sandy HooK Elementary School

the office cat

Pray for the father and brother of the shooter.... they have to live the rest of their lives wondering if they could have done something.




This is just horrific!


So where is the 22 year old that had the 2 pistols that 102.7 reported on does anyone have the facts about this tragedy cause one report said there were two gunmen and one was still at large


LOOK at the news ,not a radio station.


And not the Sandusky register they mess things up all the time. I got my info from the radio and abc news


Oh my GOD! Is all I can say. The Human race has completely lost it~GOD bless all involved.


This is heartbreaking. Maybe we need to rethink closing our asylums. So many prisons are full of inmates with severe mental health problems. Too many bridges have become homeless communities. Many with the same.



This young man was autistic. It's the new diagnostic flavor of the year. Used to be ADD. Better not put all autistic individuals in asylums. The latest propaganda says 1 out of 80 children are born with autism. We don't have enough asylums. Guess we just put up with a few mass murders.

the office cat

Actually, only one source reported he has Aspergers.


** At the time of my first post ABC news had reported the wrong age.

There seems to have been alot of erroneous reports at the time.

the office cat

starryeyes83/// "erroneous reports" out of Connecticut and New York? Fire up the Congressional investigations! If we can't get facts correct in-country.... I mean... uh uh uh... we were supposed to get accurate information about a late-night attack on a consulate somewhere in Libya!!!


Well, I guess that happens when it's 24 hour news and crap like Face book and twitsh!!T is where everyone has to race to get names out there and those idiots who blatently post false reports to stir the pot, don't ya think?

I'm not a fan of those social media outlets , either. Can you tell?


Home schooling sounds better more and more everyday! God bless the families and community involved!


As far as home schooling is concerned, you can't teach what you don't know.


God be with them all. Be Blessed.


Schools should have metal detectors installed at the entrances.