27 Dead in Connecticut 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 allegedly opened fire at the school.


NEWTOWN, CT -- 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 were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call Friday morning. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was reportedly 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 on Friday 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

The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza, attacked the Sandy Hook School where his mother, Nancy Lanza, worked as a kindergarten teacher. Media reports initially identified the shooter as Adam's 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. 

Nancy was found dead in her Newtown home. 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. 

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 Friday 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."

Deb Carter December 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Patriot,.... the man that did this was indeed NOT in the military & neither was his mom. That's my point.
Patriot December 17, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It becomes "feel good legislation"
ForThePeople December 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Why can't military folks keep their assault weapons in a barracks? I'm not sure we need a population heavily affected by PTSD having an arsenal in their homes.
One Man Wolf Pack December 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
So I would assume that right along with gun legislation we will also support and pass legislation for a stronger boarder. After all if we can't stop TONS of drugs and people crossing the border then how do we expect to stop guns...........How does everyone feel about that?
steve forte December 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM
You cannot legislate human behavior. You may be able to pursuade it a small amount but never control it. Get to the root of the problem , why do young Americans want to kill each other? If we dont figure out the answer to that and how to change it nothing will change. Useless gun legislation is easy. Fixing the actual problem is not. Make our pols earn their check and make em work on the real problem. Lets keep in mind the same day this happened another was arrested in OK if Im not mistaken for planning a school attack with a bomb. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/15/15932019-oklahoma-student-arrested-in-alleged-plot-to-attack-school?lite


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