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UPDATED: 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 morning after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school.

UPDATED at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15... 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 has been identified as Adam Lanza. [Media reports initially identified the shooter as Adam's 24-year-old Ryan Lanza.] Lanza's mother Nancy, was found dead in the Newtown home she shared with Lanza, according to multiple media outlets. Contrary to initial reports, Nancy Lanza was not a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook School, as confirmed by the school superintendent at a press briefing on Saturday. 

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. Police released the names and ages of those killed late Saturday afternoon.

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."

Max Walker December 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
comparing accidental deaths caused by automobiles is asinine for so many different reasons. automobiles have so many regulations and we get them inspected every year for one thing. and the purpose of creating an automobile is not to kill. and it is different on a different level. the thought of a gunman rampaging through an elementary school and the thought that lax gun control is responsible for that is obscene at an elemental level. no comparison to an accidental death caused by an automobile. how can any person with a shred of decency tolerate that?
Will Oliveira December 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Are you suggesting that our access to guns and ammo did not contribute to this gun massacre?
DJ December 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Just look at "Fast and Furious". When the same operation was being conducted under Bush 2, no one complained, but this administration gets clobbered with right winged propaganda. The right is always claiming the left is politicizing, but in fact, the opposite is true and as noted above, strongly influenced by their intent for power over cause and money over greater good. Now both parties need to come together, but the NRA and gun worshipers will fight it all the way. I did hear some discussion this weekend including some from the right acknowledging need of health care and mental health funding, but unfortunately that was only to skirt the focus of gun control. It's going to take changes on both issues, not one and that is because both issues can impact a reduction of murders and as the President stated, don't we have an obligation to do everything in our power to mitigate these events?
Dave Lenane December 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Well said DJ! I agree with you.
Indiana December 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Obviously the shooter had mental issues and had access to guns and ammo...2 problems that need to be corrected.
Max Walker December 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
will oliveira -- no quite the opposite. this is the second time i've been misunderstood on this thread. i think my ability to write well has gone to the dogs because i'm so emotionally distraught about this massacre.
Dave Lenane December 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Max u have made some very valid points. Most of us are emotional basket cases because of these events. We all want answers and some want justice. There are many strong and opinionated people here. Unfortunately there are also people who come here to only spew venom and political propaganda. You seem like a smart guy. Hang in there...
Jim O'Connor December 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
If nothing else, maybe after this horrific event we will move closer to a day when access to quality mental health diagnosis and treatment exceeds (or at least equals) access to guns.
David Kent December 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
When Vicki asks if anyone needs to posses 47 firearms, she’s onto something. But I think the focus should be on the type of weapons not their number. Society would benefit if we banned the purchase of assault-style weapons and especially large capacity ammo clips. The benefit: Sick people bent on mass murder will have less firepower and thus less ability to kill. It’s as simple as that. And the cost? The pleasure experienced by gun enthusiasts at collecting cool firearms. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with liking military-style weapons and wanting to legally collect them. Nothing at all. But there’s a side effect of keeping that legal: The crazies find it easy to arm themselves as well. So, sorry gun enthusiasts: For the good of society you should lose the right to purchase assault weapons and large capacity ammo clips.
Just Me! December 18, 2012 at 01:45 AM
will...the same deranged individual blows up a car full of explosives in the middle of a school that he's driven into...detonates the car....kills 300 kids and teachers......suddenly guns aren't that big of a problem....Home Depot is because they sold the makings of a bomb to the assailant.... now what?
Just Me! December 18, 2012 at 01:49 AM
David Kent you are so wrong on so many level...and if you want me to elaborate...I suggest you take the time to read the entire thread and see what everyone says...
Max Walker December 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The equation is very simple. I think 20 six and seven year olds deserve their lives more than the gun collectors deserve the right to own horrific weapons of murder which have the potential of getting into the wrong hands. To say otherwise is obscene and an affront to anyone who is a parent or a grandparent.
Tim December 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Number of Tyrants overthrown since the passage of the second amendment: ZERO Number of murders in the US since the passage of the second amendment: MILLIONS The Second Amendment needs to be reformed.
Tim December 18, 2012 at 03:25 AM
If you can't shoot a deer with a 10 round magazine you don't need a 30 round magazine. You need target practice. Besides if you haven't hit the deer by shot number 10 the deer has probably run away. Ban large capacity gun magazines.
Max Walker December 18, 2012 at 03:52 AM
tim, why do i get the feeling this isn't about shooting deer?
Michael Brennick December 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
On Oct. 1, 1997, Luke Woodham, 16, part of a satanic cult, stabbed and bludgeoned his mother before driving her car to Pearl High School in Pearl, Miss., where he shot dead two students and wounded seven others with a rifle he made no attempt to conceal. He then got back into his mother’s car and planned to go to Pearl Junior High School to kill some more. But assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a .45-caliber pistol from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued Woodham.
Smee Too December 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
DJ - I don't know if you are just grossly mis-informed, or intentionally mis-informing. But, the fact that you use "right winged propaganda" certainly indicates that you inhale too much "left winged propaganda". All one has to do is a "simple web search" (I know you have heard of that!) searching "the difference between fast and furious and" - and the headline even completes itself on various search engines. You would have found out some truth and facts that could have saved you from looking like a "left winged propaganda" spewer (maybe that was your objective?) (a little harsh? perhaps. But rather than doing a minutes research you show your ignorance, or deception) Anyway - they are not the same at all!!. Under Bush's operation - no one was known killed (unlike the hundreds of Mexican civilians, and two Americans under Obama) the Mexican authorities were engaged (unlike Obama). They actually "tried tracking" the guns (as opposed to being told to "stand down" re; tracking the weapons under Obama - rather, looking for them at crime scenes after they had been used for murder).... Well, enough spelling it out for you - do yourself a favor and get informed - instead of just accepting/spewing "left winged propaganda". Here's at least one link so you won't even have to strain your brain or fingers having to do an arduous, few seconds - web search: (just pathetic) http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/06/the-difference-between-wide-receiver-fast-and-furious/
Smee Too December 19, 2012 at 02:55 AM
But, I'll even throw in another for you: http://emergingcorruption.com/2011/06/agenda-behind-fast-furious-gunrunner-program/
Blowin Smoke December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Why should ANYONE (other than military & police, etc.) be able to own ANY firearm or ammunition? Is there any valid reason? Don't even bother with 2nd amendment baloney - we have a "well organized militia", now known as Dept. Of Defense. It costs $2 Billion per day & has ample firepower. No other first-world nation has access to weapons like the US has. And no other first-world nation has the chronic, SAVAGE carnage that we've somehow come to accept as normal. Time to DISARM for real. Melt 'em all down, outlaw sale & possession of firearms AND ammunition.
Michael Brennick December 19, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Get out of your Northeast Lefty bubbleboy suit for five minutes and realize that thousands of counties in this country have one police officer covering hundreds of miles, especially at night. Just one example: "Actually where I live - rural Oregon - we have one sheriff's deputy on call at night for the entire county. The county extends from the Pacific ocean to the crest of the Cascade mountains and about an equal distance from north to south. In short, we're on our own and unless the culprit is stretched out on the ground and the home owner has a smoking pistol in his/her hand the police mail you a printed incident report form to fill out and mail back."
Smee Too December 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM
And, perhaps there have been no tyrants because of the passage of 2nd amendment? Numbers of medical error deaths is almost 20 times higher than firearm deaths. Where's the outrage? How about liberals go after medical errors first?
Blowin Smoke December 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
M. Brennick - your Wild West fantasies are ok for watching Bonanza re-runs, but aren't a valid basis for gun policy. For each (rare) single instance of a gun being used successfully for legitimate self-defense, there are HUNDREDS of injuries/deaths from gun carnage. Maybe rural Oregon needs more cops - fine. That's not a justification to continue the savagery that has become commonplace in the United States.
DJ December 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thank you, but you had to dig deep for that one. No comparison between the number of killings with firearms to the number of saves from firearms. They just don't do what people intend. With few exceptions like the one you offered, they are false security, most often killing the innocent, not the perp. It's not just these mass murders, it's accidental shootings within the home and felons related to theft.
Petra Zahn Swenson December 19, 2012 at 03:36 PM
completely agree. As a parent i think this is probably the most effective method of preventing another tragedy. Fall River did it. I would hope Attleboro is next.
Petra Zahn Swenson December 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Our children are defenseless. We need armed guards in their schools so that there is someone who MIGHT be able to defend them if needed.
Michael Brennick December 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You'll need to consult actual facts and statistics as opposed to your ideological projections. I'd suggest consulting the 1999 study: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/Publications/Working/index.html. You may also want to absorb the reality iof increased violent crime in the UK since there confiscatory firearms policy over the past six years. However, I do appreciate your forthrightness. Unlike others on this thread who are disingenuous you have made clear your ideology call for a complete ban and confiscation of all firearms.
Just Me! December 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM
...and that's why they call him "Blowin' Smoke"
David Nolta December 23, 2012 at 07:14 AM
But then, you're just you. Blowin' smoke makes important points, and your little dig doesn't change that at all.
Just Me! December 25, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Man drives car with make-shift explosives into students in northern China, injuring 13 Published December 25, 2012 Associated Press BEIJING – A man in northern China has rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle school students, injuring 13. The official Xinhua News Agency says the man attempted to set off an explosion after running down 23 students at Fengning No. 1 Middle School in northern China's Hebei province on Monday. The man is in police custody. Xinhua did not identify the man in its report Tuesday, but said his daughter was killed in a suspected murder case three years ago and he has a history of lodging complaints with authorities. Xinhua said the man did not act under the influence of alcohol or drugs. China has had a half-dozen school attacks in less than three years Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/25/man-drives-car-with-make-shift-explosives-into-students-in-northern-china/#ixzz2G2hkkOSN
Just Me! December 25, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Like I've been saying all along........if someone is deranged...and wants to commit a mass murder..they will find a way!!

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