27 Dead In Newtown Sandy Hook School Shooting

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Outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after Friday's shooting. Photo Credit: Julie Curtis
Parents arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., to look for their children after a gunman shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults there on Jan. 14, 2012. Photo Credit: Julie Curtis
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and state police Lt. Paul Vance give details about the Newtown shooting at a press conference on Friday. Photo Credit: Jes Siart
Gov. Dannel Malloy at the Sandy Hook School. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Photo Credit: Julie Curtis

Update, 8:30 p.m. NEWTOWN, Conn. — The families of all the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown have been notified, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said in a press conference broadcast Friday night. 

"The families have been notified. The preliminary identifications have been made," said Vance. 

He said the names of all 27 victims could be made public sometime Saturday and police would release more details at a press conference at 8 a.m.

"It’s a horrific scene. We’ve never seen anything like this," Vance said. 

The families of the 20 children killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook School were together at a local fire station early Friday night and had each been assigned a Connecticut state trooper who will update them regularly with information on the investigation.

"They will be the first to know any progress made," Vance said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Twenty-seven people were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook School Friday, Connecticut Police confirmed. Vance called the school a "horrific and difficult scene."

In addition, a person found dead in a home in Newtown is connected to the school shooting, Vance said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

"There is a second crime scene here in Newtown. There is an adult deceased at that location," Vance said.

The suspect was found dead inside the school, Vance said. The gunman is being reported as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Earlier in the day, reports incorrectly identified the shooter as his older brother, Ryan. 

News video showed Ryan Lanza being taken from his Hoboken, N.J. home in handcuffs. Someone who knew Ryan Lanza from Quinnipiac University described him as a "quiet and reserved guy." He said he had never met Adam Lanza.

Vance said several law enforcement agencies are serving search warrants as the investigation continues.

"It is not a simplistic scene," Vance said. "We're not putting a time stamp on this as to when we will complete this project."

Vance said the shootings took place in two classrooms of the school. He would not say what grades the children who were killed were in.

The FBI's crisis management team is responding to the school Saturday, Vance said, to work with first responders.

Lt. George Sinko of the  Newtown Police Department said the families were together at the local fire station near the school and had all been told about their child's fate.

"This is most definitely the worst thing we have experience here in town," he said. "We have done our best to try and comfort them."

Gov. Dannel Malloy extended condolences to the families of the victims on behalf of the people of Connecticut.

"Earlier today a number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their lives taken away from them, as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise these children."

Malloy said the perpetrator of the crime is dead as is an individual who the perpetrator lived with.

"Evil visited this community today and it is too early to speak of recovery," Malloy said later Friday evening. 

Parents scrambled Friday morning to get the school. Adam Dunford, whose eight-year-old daughter is a third grader at the school, was at work in Jefferson Valley, N.Y. when he got the robo-call from the school district saying the schools were on lockdown.

He called the school back but couldn't get through. He called the police, learned there had been a shooting and set off for the 35-mile drive.

"I drove as fast as I could, breaking every speed limit there was, Dunford said. "It was a horrifying drive to get there. I was listening to all the different reports, some said it wasn't too bad and others said it was really bad."

Dunford's daughter had been led out of the school by her teacher and was safe and waiting for him at the firehouse.

Joe Wasik, of Newtown, said his daughter Alexis, 8, a third grader, was shoved into a closet by her teacher trying to keep her safe during the shooting. 

His daughter saw someone on the ground in handcuffs. 

While speaking to a reporter, Wasik broke up into tears as a man and woman passed by crying hysterically.

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Bobby Meade:

I want to know who removed my comments from this article. I want to know why too. You're all a pack of hypocrites like your religious leaders that memorialized the fallen ones. Not a one of them seemed to have spent five minutes preparing their statements.

KristenMarie830:

I don't know why your comments were removed, nor did I read them prior to their deletion - but could it be because you're directly attacking fellow commenters?

meatball:

"The TRUE SOURCE of RANDOM & MASS SHOOTINGS and VIOLENCE" -

(11 minute video) - copy and paste the link below -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhO0Pul_FcE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

angel125:

I am just amazed Tim You attack me without any knowledge of what I know or don't know.God bless.

Blabbermouth68:

Can we get an answer as to whether this "assault weapon"--the rifle--was used in this horrible crime? It appears not, although that's what the hysterics are focusing on.

SpiritRising:

bunkie: I have seen interviews with former classmates of the shooter. None of them said anything about him being mentally ill, or autistic. I think that the majority is making up this story to justify the act of the devil, who was a spoiled white kid who did not get his way. For decades, blacks actively have been trying to get laws into Congress regarding guns in their neighborhoods. Apparently it didn't matter to the majority, until it hit home. Black on black crimes involving guns are epidemic. Now that white on white crimes, especially in the schools and mass shootings are also epidmic; perhaps something will now be done. It's so unfortunate that it had to get to this point before the awakening of the majority.

bunkie:

As a society, we need to work toward accepting mental health issues more seriously. Take away the stigma, provide counseling and ongoing services for those in need. Stop pretending that mental illness is a matter of "pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again". And yes, figure out a way to keep military guns out of the hands of civilians....

Blabbermouth68:

Repeal the Second Amendment, if you can, but don't circumvent it in Washington.

Blabbermouth68:

Repeal the Second Amendment, if you can, but don't circumvent it in Washington.

Blabbermouth68:

I got my carry permit 25 years ago, and have several of these "assault" weapons that I occasionally shoot for target practice and fun. The process was the Easton PD doing an extensive background check on me, issuing me an Easton carry permit, and then sending that permit to the state, which issued me a state carry permit. What is the problem with that? But it is for the STATES to decide--not a bunch of screaming leftists in Washington. The Second Amendment refers to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT not abridging the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The states can do what they want, like New York, which makes it almost impossible to own a handgun, and has murder in its streets every day.

punky:

God Help Us All!

SpiritRising:

It's a damn shame that it took the death of 20 WHITE babies for this country to see that the use of guns were out of control. Minority parents were called on Congress decades ago about this exact issue. Nothing was even considered until it hit the homes of the caucasians. And what a hard sad hit it was. My condolences to all the families.

angel125:

What does the color of their skin have to do with this?Would it be less tragic if it were black children? I am so sick of this black and white issue.Our hearts should go out to all of the orange and green to. just saying

Tim T:

angel123
I would suggest that you have someone read SpirtRising's post to you as clearly your reading comprehension skills are lacking at best.

SpiritRising:

This is my point exactly angel. But apparently you didn't get it.

OLD TIMER:

Ironically, Newtown was the home of one of three state hospitals where mentally sick where confined when it was believed they were a danger to themselves or others. That institution was pretty much phased out with the advent of medicines that could control a lot of such illness, if taken, as needed. Closing the place undoubtedly saved money, but exposed us to the risks of mentally very sick people being free to stop taking their meds and acting out in horrific ways. Sometimes saving money should not be our top priority.

meatball:

If I recall correctly, at least one of the two young men who committed the similar crime in Colorado that took place some years back, ... was/were on psychiatric medication for depression. ... There has been evidence to show that some of these medications actually can cause suicidal behavior. .... Just wanted to point that out.

Personally I feel that these types of events (which seem to more often than not involve young males as the perpetrators), are more an indicator of a serious lacking in the psycho-social-spiritual well being within much of our families and society in general. .... This young mans parents were divorced back in 2009 and I strongly suspect that this played a significant role (in conjunction with his psycho-emotional needs not being addressed as he was also moving through the very challenging time of adolescence) in relation to this. ....... Perhaps we need to take better care of paying attention to our young people's inner well being. .... To me, incidents such as this are sort of like the canary in the coal mine, warning us that we as a people are 'out of balance'. .............. Of course there are plenty of other rather significant events taking place in our society today which strongly support this viewpoint.

KEN DARTLEY:

very true

bill10526:

The shooter really had it in for that kindergarten class, there was only one wounded to go with the all the deaths. As i understand the coverage, the guns were owned by the mother, and said weapons are ubiquitous. She worked with kindergarten children, so she probably would pass any mental health screen.

The event is terribly sad.

Paddy329:

Hold those you love close. And stop trying to find answers or make sense out of this tragedy. There are no answers that will have this turning out to make sense. That is the problem with senseless acts of violence. If you want to try to apply reason to this, focus on why we feel the need to protect the rights of people to have access to these very real weapons of mass destruction. I understand that it is people who kill people, but having access to guns like these puts tools in the hands of troubled people to multiply the devastation. And stop the endless discussion leading to nowhere in the media. The very effort of trying to rationalize the irrational causes us harm. And hold those you love close.

lizzierae:

What does it matter what language he or she is speaking? They are sending prayers to the parents.he is a parent and feels for the family.
I don't speak Spanish either, I googled the translation.
That is his native tongue and was writing kind words.
This was a horrific act and I think everyone is mourning for this town, and these families.

littlericky34:

This is in response to rerbc, below:

He said: How sad, O my God. I also am a father. I feel for the parents, these people. May God help them.

Seriously, rerbc, a little tolerance goes a long way.

Greenburgherwithpickles:

Now will Greenburgh Central Seven put Officer Z back in the schools?

Maybe the federal govmt should mandate the school police officer in all schools and fund it as well.

How times have changed!!

Ken P Jr:

Maybe WE the people of CT should do away with gun free shooting galleries and allow staff to carry if they have a permit & allow municipalities to hire armed security if they see fit. Its NOT a federal issue or a police issue, its a local lack of responsability issue only made complicated because we dont like to admit the reality that you never know when somebody like this is going to pop up. Its not guns either, a man in China did a very similar crime yesterday too,,,, with a knife. Should we ban those?

Tim T:

You truly are delusional

Anna Duleep:

@Ken: I've taught in the classroom. Even before my dog was shot to death in my backyard in 2008, I considered getting a concealed weapon permit to help me protect my family. One major reason I have as yet not pursued a gun permit is weighing the risk of accidental injury vs. personal sense of safety. I believe I would have posed a greater risk to my 7th-graders if I brought a gun into a school, even if I were the best shot in the world and the most conscientious gun owner ever.

Those teachers in Newtown saved lives by following protocol (locking doors, hiding children in closets, and shielding them with their bodies). Whoever managed to turn on the PA system saved lives by warning all the adults in the building. I highly doubt any teacher would be able to stop such a terrorist attack by carrying a weapon.

As a Councilwoman, I struggled with budget cuts in recent years in part because of my desire to keep "school resource officers" already in place in some Norwalk schools. But I do not believe the answer is necessarily to have more armed police officers in our schools. This is a complex issue requiring attention to many different factors. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this on the floor of the Common Council. If that proves difficult, perhaps we could arrange a public forum at a location other than City Hall.

I encourage Norwalkers to check out the following website to learn more about routine screening for mental health issues: http://www.teenscreen.org/

This recent Washington Post article is also worth reading:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

mary_webb:

Anna, as someone who has struggled with mental health issues, do you feel the issue is related to the state's failure to provide for more mental health services or is it a failure to have sufficient gun control laws?

Chip N Putt:

Pathetic,,,you want the federal govt. to fund another problem. A police officer in every school? Really? Sad rational indeed.

SpiritRising:

What's really pathetic is that an officer is actually needed in the schools today. Especially the predominately white schools; as those are the schools were these kind of tragedies often happens.

avandevender:

My heart goes out to the friends and family of all.

revLois:

Fred Rogers used to tell children, at times like this, to "look for the helpers; you will always find people helping." I find this comforting for myself.
Grace Episcopal Church was open tonight until 9:00. Prayers were said; scriptures were read.
In the end, nothing can make this better. But may this sustain us, that, "when our hearts break in grief, we know God's heart is already broken" and our prayers, our grief, our mute silence all matter.

revLois:

Fred Rogers used to tell children, at times like this, to "look for the helpers; you will always find people helping." I find this comforting for myself.
Grace Episcopal Church was open tonight until 9:00. Prayers were said; scriptures were read.
In the end, nothing can make this better. But may this sustain us, that, "when our hearts break in grief, we know God's heart is already broken" and our prayers, our grief, our mute silence all matter.

KatonahMedic:

It's 8pm, and 20 sets of parents aren't tucking their children in warm beds. No, instead, these 20 children are laying lifeless on their classroom floor in pools of cold coagulated blood as detectives painstakingly take photographs and map out the massacre scene. Wake up America.. The time is now to stand up for gun control. Newtown is only 35 miles from Somers. It can easily have happened here. I am sickened by the skewed ideology of this Country.
My thoughts and prayers to all those effected and may something like this never happen in the world again.

KristenMarie830:

First an foremost, it is a terrible tragedy that caused this children not to return to their warm beds at night; before making political comments, we should all be respectful of the mourning these families are going through.

Second, gun control is not the answer here. This was a mentally deranged individual that caused this to happen, not a lack of gun laws. These guns were legally bought and registered by the boy's mother - not him. He stole these guns, just as he'd be able to do even if gun laws were tighter. I realize it's cliché to say, but if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

Further, even if we do outlaw guns, a person this reprehensible will always find a way to commit his horrendous plan. Either he'll apprehend weapons another way, or he'll use different weapons. In China, today, 22 children were stabbed with knives. Unfortunately, evil is, and will always be, around - with or without guns.

If anything, we should increase awareness about mental illness and start paying attention to the warning signs. We should also teach more gun safety courses to encourage people to arm and protect themselves safely. The key there is safely. I firmly believe if more sane, responsible adults had guns, gun violence would go down. (In fact, studies have shown that when gun sales increase, violence decreases.)

Like I said, evil and mental illness will always be around. The best solution is not gun control, but rather, education on both mental illness and how to best protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially our children.

Where I got my info:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/12/14/police-respond-to-report-of-school-shooting-in-conn/

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/in-china-22-school-students-stabbed_816680.html

http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/ap/gun-violence-in-va-falls-firearms-sales-up/article_37d1e59d-9c02-57c9-8fba-f214414dbfdd.html

(the above link doesn't seem to be working anymore, I'm not sure why. Same info can be found by simply Googling "Virginia gun sales up, violence down" or found here: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/27/mystery-virginia-gun-violence-falls-as-gun-sales-soar/)

Anna Duleep:

Although I agree with some of your points (re violence committed with legally obtained guns), I dispute your thesis. I refer to this quote from the Washington Post article: "Higher populations, more stress, more immigrants, and more mental illness were not correlated with more deaths from gun violence. But one thing he found was, perhaps, perfectly predictable: States with tighter gun control laws appear to have fewer gun-related deaths. The disclaimer here is that correlation is not causation. But correlations can be suggestive." [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/]

KristenMarie830:

I agree that correlation does not not equal causation; I'm sure there are so, so many factors that go into the equation. The study I quoted in my original post about gun sales soaring while gun violence drop says something similar; all studies will as causation is so very difficult to determine 100%. (I have my Bachelor's in Psychology, in school it was drilled into our heads that correlation does not equal causation.) But, like you said, it is suggestive.

As the details develop, it appears this man actually tried to purchase a weapon earlier this week, but failed. That means our gun control policies are working. He couldn't get the gun he wanted to fulfill his plan - so he had to turn to theft, stealing his mother's legally obtained weapons. Even if gun control laws are tightened (though it looks like they are working just fine), there will always be theft of guns or criminals obtaining them elsewhere, just as this young man did. Guns are here, there will be no ridding them from violent hands.

Also, I heard some reports that the young man may have been Autistic and had personality disorders. This furthers the points in my original post that this is not a gun issue, but a mental illness issue. Mental illness, like guns, will always be with us. I am in no way saying that autistic people are violent or anything at all like that. I am merely stating that this is not a gun issue, it is a people issue.

http://www.examiner.com/article/ryan-lanza-reveals-brother-adam-lanza-was-autistic-had-personality-disorder

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495/

http://pjmedia.com/blog/fbi-crime-stats-show-an-armed-public-is-a-safer-public/

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2012/11/spike-in-gun-sales-may-not-mean-more-crime

TheFontaineMen:

Rest in peace to those who sadly, unexpectedly died.

revLois:

Grace Episcopal Church, 1 Union Park, Norwalk will be open at 7:00 p.m. tonight for those who want a place to pray. Healing prayers will be available for those who so desire.

The Three Episcopal bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut are on their way to Sandy Hook to support the clergy efforts to minister to the people there.

Broad River:

@ revLois,
Thank you so much for postimng. Showing your care and giving to our community. Those who can attend and for those of us who cannot the support is greatly needed and appreciated.

revLois:

East Avenue United Methodist Church will be open for a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Friday the 14th of December.

cesar.cabrera.1069:

Que. tristesa. Dios mio. Yo. Tanbien. Soy padre. Lo siento Por estos padres que. persieron esos. Anjelitos que dios Los ayuda

rerbc:

Seriously, English! no one can read what you wrote!

Broad River:

Maybe up to half can read this, many have had Spanish in school as well..
I don't own a modern language other than English. The gist of what was said is , ' What sadness, my God, as a farher, I am sorry for the parents. May God help them.' At least they contributed in a positive way with sensitivity and kindness, in the best way they could.

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