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BREAKING DETAILS: Gunman (Now Identified) OPENS Fire At Connecticut ELEMENTARY School--27 People Killed, 20 Are Children

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In a horrific scene playing out all morning, at least 26 people were killed today after a gunman (who has now been identified) opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. More information inside....

 

According to CBS News and the Associated Press,  a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut this morning, killing at least 26 people.  Eighteen of them were children.  Early reports say the mass shooting happened around 9:41AM this morning, and the dead gunman was armed with two semi-automatic weapons (one of them being a 223-caliber rifle) and has ties to the elementary school and New Jersey.   Police have entered a New Jersey residence believing to be tied to the shooter who supposedly drove to CT at some point.

During a press conference held moments ago, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said all local police and on and off-duty troopers were called to respond to the scene.

CBS 2 News in New York is also reporting that one person was escorted out of the woods surrounding the school and is currently being held by police as a suspect in the mass shooting. One witness said the man looked into the eyes of parents and said, "I didn't do it" as he was taken to a police car.  

Some reports are saying the incident began with an altercation in the principal's office, with the principal being the first person shot.  One of the school children interviewed on local newscasts said his life was saved as he was in the hallway, headed to the principal's office, when he was pulled into a classroom by a teacher who saw bullets flying.

It's also being reported that President Obama has spoken to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and has pledged federal support.

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So far we know...

  • 26 fatalities on the scene
  • 18 of the victims are children, 
  • The school's principal was shot and killed
  • 2 people injured
  • 1 gunman killed (approx. 24 years old) on the scene
  • 1 person in custody
  • Whether more than one gunman was involved is still yet to be seen

UPDATES (According to ABC News & CBS News telecasts)

2:29p EST

  • The identity and name of the shooter is known, but news outlets have decided to hold on to the information for now.  The gunman is Adam Lanza and he reportedly grew up in Newtown, CT. His mother still lives there. His family is currently cooperating with cops.
  • The gunman's mother was a teacher at the school AND found among the dead inside the school.  Many of the children killed were her students.

3:00p EST

  • On his Facebook page, Ryan said he lives in Hoboken, NJ and is from Newtown, CT.  A family member of Adam's was arrested at his Hoboken apartment following the shooting. 

3:29p EST

  • CNN reports the principal and school guidance counselor have been found dead.
  • President Obama just delivered an extremely emotional and tearful press conference in regards to today's shooting.
  • A brother of the shooter has been found dead in the shooter's Hoboken home, according to ABC News telecast. (early reports)

 3:51 EST

  • 27 persons are dead (20 children, 6 adults, 1 shooter)
  • At least one body was found at a secondary location, the home of Adam Lanza's mother Nancy in Newtown, CT (some reports suggest there were 2 bodies found, 1 a female on the second floor of the home)
  • Police are saying the girlfriend of Ryan Lanza (Adam's brother) and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
  • Ryan Lanza is being questioned by police.
  • CONFLICTING REPORTS - The Associated Press is still identifying Ryan Lanza as the shooter, ABC News reports that younger brother Adam Lanza was the shooter
  • All flags have been ordered to half-staff to honor the victims (below, flags pictured today around the Washington Monumet in D.C.)

5:25 EST

  • Ryan told authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality disorder.” And neighbors described Adam as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

7:27 EST

  • The mother of the shooter, Nancy Lanza, was found dead at her home in Newton, CT, not at the school as earlier reported.

7:29 EST

  • The shooter has OFFICIALLY been determined to be 20-year-old Adam Lanza (he was carrying the ID of his brother Ryan). Ryan, age 24, lives in Hoboken, NJ and was being questioned at a Jersey police station. The Lanza's father lives in Stamford, CT and has been divorced from Nancy for several years.
     

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Our prayers are with the families of the Connecticut school as this unimaginably sad event has occurred. We will keep you updated as more news breaks...

 

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hooklookping's picture

Words cannot describe, just a

Words cannot describe, just a moaning in my soul!!!
BigJohn's picture

Sickening...just sickening!

Sickening...just sickening!
tori's picture

What a lot of people don't

What a lot of people don't understand is that there are already gun control laws in place. Since when did the law stop the unlawful from breaking the law. People since the beginning of time have broken the law. There are laws against murder, rape, stealing, child abuse, etc., yet the last time I checked, people still commit these crimes every day.
Sunflower Jones's picture

Funding for social services

Funding for social services is NEEDED...Too many shootings and too many cuts in funding to social services to help the mentally ill...I work for the state in the area of social services in Georgia and we haven't had a raise in 6 years due to budget cuts...and a social service agency i worked for in Ohio is shut down due to budget cuts...oh, might I add, the Georgia State Regional Hospital for the mentally ill was just shut down...this is AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! FUND SOCIAL SERVICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Atlanta_Entertainment_Watchdog's picture

You are crazier than the

You are crazier than the shooter and need to be thrown in prison immediately!!!! smh.....people just need to do a better job raising their bad kids.....don't put this on the gov't and tax payers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LisaRaye's Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

You're an idiot ,and pop off

You're an idiot ,and pop off at the mouth without having a rationale argument behind your statements. Mental illness are not a hoax, and don't attempt to belittle parents who have done their best to raise their kids ,but they still turn out to do as they choose or see fit. Mentally instability is not restricted to bad parenting, sweetie. To say the least, we could point fingers at your mother for an idiot who lives vicariously through another celebrity to constantly attack Beyonce. You have an obsession and should be tracked down for mental evaluation. :-) Nut case!
marylou's picture

Well........I may be a nut

Well........I may be a nut case...but i'm smart enuff to not have bad kids. Single mothers are the #1 problem! Stop letting yourselves get knock-up!!!! And crazy kids are raised by Nutty DingBat mothers. ....like Cray Bey Knowles. ......that child has No Chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LisaRaye's Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Do you realize every time you

Do you realize every time you open your mouth you sound like the dumbest bitch in the world? Should we blame your mom for your ignorance and your nigger mentality. Lord Jesus someone give this girls computer a virus so she can't log on anymore.
kimaras31's picture

YBF, the count is 27 in

YBF, the count is 27 in total. 20 kids ='[ , 6 Adults and the gunman. This shit is hurting my heart. I Cannot fathom how the parents are feeling right now. They kissed their kids goodbye this morning. I mean COME ON!! Something has GOT TO GIVE!!
Iridescent One's picture

I so feel you on this. I'm

I so feel you on this. I'm so annoyed, frustrated, pissed, hurt, mad, and all other kinds of emotions.
holmesa925's picture

You and me both.

You and me both.
Iridescent One's picture

This has broken my heart to

This has broken my heart to the point of literally being in pain. No child deserves to be gunned down like an animal. I need to get home ASAP and hug my 1st grade daughter.
holmesa925's picture

18 kindergarten children dead

18 kindergarten children dead and 8 adults? So very sad. What is wrong with this country? The Batman Massacre, the Mall killing a few days ago, and now this?!! I agree gun laws are not the only things that need rectifying, mentally disturbed people need help! I can't fathom the pain these families must feel and right before the Holidays. My heart and prayers go out to all of the families that lost their loved ones.
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

He shot and killed his mom

He shot and killed his mom and all the kids in her classroom. Why?.....
JewelryLover's picture

Brain Dead Retards like

Brain Dead Retards like Vivica A. Fox are already on Twitter calling out Obama to change the gun laws. (if u make it illegal...the criminals win & the black market explodes in popularity) 200 Million Americans already own 300 Million guns.....................
LisaRaye's Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

So sad. God Bless the

So sad. God Bless the victims...and I really WISH people would stop saying 'That sort of thing doesn't happen here.' Bad things/people/crime are not limited by zip code or race, contrary to popular opinion. We ALL have to stay in prayer-every where, every day.

AMEN! That phrase makes me

AMEN! That phrase makes me shudder! It gives people a false sense of security.
Sunflower Jones's picture

Seems like these kind of

Seems like these kind of tragic events only hurt when they happen closer to home. But innocent children are massacred every day in countries overseas... Israelis pull this shit all the time, but I guess they get a pass. It's an outrage that the U.S. government don't do anything about stricter gun laws! How many more incidents like this will occur? I pray for all the innocent kids across the world that are killed because of politics and shity governments.
Yas's picture

Gun laws/locks/bans cannot

Gun laws/locks/bans cannot predict or stop insanity. Lots of deranged people are also intelligent--and know how to get around the law.

But surely reducing the

But surely reducing the access to firearms will add some control? There's no control in the U.S. I can go to the store and buy a damn gun. We don't NEED guns!! Why would you need a gun for protection? Protect you from someone else with a gun? Guns are bought with the intention of shooting someone. Firearms need to be banned. AND... America need more psychology majors!
Yas's picture

Banning doesn't work.

Banning doesn't work. Remember the Prohibition Era. People will always find a way to get a hold of what they want.
Sunflower Jones's picture

No. Laws generally work and

No. Laws generally work and can be upheld--but NOT when it comes to guns. The guy who shot up the mall a few days ago stole someone ELSE'S gun! So what law can predict or stop that? Laws/Government cannot stop craziness. They cannot predict insanity. And, let's say gun laws do become harsher and miraculously work: then, what would psychologists do? You say we need more--who would their patients be--if insanity & dysfunction no longer exists?Laws are pieces of paper--its the sentiment BEHIND them that make them effective. People with insane, hateful violent sentiments don't give a damn about laws. And please understand that I am just showing you a different side of the issue you're raising--not trying to be obnoxious.

Dear Lord Jesus! I can only

Dear Lord Jesus! I can only think of the parents and the horror they are experiencing at this moment. My God, when we send our kids off the school, we don't expect them to wind up DEAD!!!! People shooting at malls and now this.
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