26 Killed in Newtown School Shooting

Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 a.m. Friday after a gunman opened fire at the school, killing more than two dozen people.

Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. Another adult was killed at a second location.
The Scene

Police in Newtown, CT were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was allegedly armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities said during a press conference that they have retrieved three weapons from the scene.

A parent interviewed on CBS News told the network that his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming from the principal’s office. Her teacher then immediately locked the classroom door as a safety precaution. A fourth-grade student at Sandy Hook School told Connecticut’s Channel 7 that he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman.

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when the gunman entered the building.

The Shooter and His Family

Police have not identified the shooter, but reports have said the suspect’s mother was a kindergarten teacher at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, a town of about 28,000 people an hour outside Stamford where the shooting rampage took place.

Media reports initially identified the shooter as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. However, Patch has learned that Lanza told friends his developmentally disabled brother, Adam Lanza, may have committed the crime.

Lanza’s friend, who declined to be identified, told Patch he spoke to Ryan Lanza as he was headed home from his job in Hoboken, NJ. Ryan Lanza wrote on his Facebook page that he is not the shooter.

“I’m on the bus now, it wasn’t me,” he wrote.

Lanza’s mother, Nancy, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook, is believed to be among the dead. According to reports, the shooting took place in her classroom. Eighteen children were killed at the scene, while two were taken to the hospital where they later died. The school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, also was among the six adults killed. Authorities said another adult at a different location was killed in the incident.

National Response

The shooting, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, has once again touched a nerve about the country’s gun violence.

During a press conference this afternoon, President Obama visibly wept, saying "we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

The president also said “our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. For as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early."

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WW December 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Roger – You know what I would be in favor of? Leave religion out of both the home and the school entirely until kids turn 16 or 18. Teach verifiable FACTS, like math, science, history (which I admit will almost inevitably have bias creep into it), religious history (which opened my eyes to so much), physics, chemistry, political science, sociology. What we don't know, say "We don't know yet" and not "God did it!" Then, when they reach 16, say to them, “We haven't told you this before, but there is actually an Omnipotent God who chooses not to use his power to simply forgive humankind, but instead implemented a solution where he impregnated a teen girl in order to give birth to himself so he can have himself killed to save humans from Hell and the Devil, both of which he created but apparently cannot or will not undo to remove eternal suffering from the equation. He decided to communicate this whole plan by telling a handful of people 2,000+ years ago through their minds, which was passed down through conflicting accounts written decades later by anonymous authors, handed down over centuries and changed regularly. Disregard all the suffering around the world, and when someone dies horribly (as part of his plan), it’s never his fault, it’s our fault for not believing in what I just mentioned or to teach us a lesson. Remember: He LOVES you.” Let's see how many followers are left after you try to teach this at 16 years, not indoctrination at 16 days old.
WW December 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
"One only needs to look at the profile of staff at many colleges to learn that the worldview being imposed at that level has had significant impact upon the students." Yes, there is definitely a negative correlation between education and religiosity. That pesky knowledge, always getting in the way of our ancient rituals and superstitions.
John Williams December 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I made a brief comment in this discussion because i laughed at the discourteousness of the main characters. Now, i receive all the comments as they are posted as if I want to follow it. But I grow weary of this drivel. Please, how do I block out this pointless noise.
Erin Faulk December 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Hi John, Beneath the article, and above where the comment section starts, there is a tab that says "Stop Following." After clicking that, you should no longer receive email updates for this article. Thanks!
Roger December 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Calling on Dblock to defend ... WW, how was the slide down the slope? Thank you for making my point. You did it more efficiently than my comments.


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