27 Killed in Connecticut School Shooting, Including 20 Children.

December 14, 2012 27 Killed in Connecticut Shooting, Including 20 Children: A gunman killed 26 people, 20 of them children between the ages of 5 and 10, in a shooting on Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, the authorities said. Update 4:10PM PST – The shooter was Adam Lanza (20) of Newtown, CT. Adam killed his mother Nancy Lanza before proceeding to Sandy Hook elementary school.  The weapons used were purchased by Nancy Lanza.  Ryan Lanza (24), the older brother of the shooter, was not killed. He was in Hoboken, NZ and was taken in for questioning by NJ police.  Adam’s father was divorced and remarried.  He was taken in for questioning in Newtown, CT.  No motive has been put forth at this time.  I will pass on periodic updates as they become available.

The gunman (Adam Lanza), who was believed to be in his 20s, walked into a classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then killed 20 students, most in the same classroom. He also shot five other adults, and then killed himself inside the school. One person was also injured in the shooting. Before Adam Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary, he killed his old brother Ryan and took his identification. Because of this, initial reports identified Ryan as the shooter instead of Adam.

A law enforcement official identified the shooter as Adam Lanza and said that a brother, Ryan Lanza, had been questioned.

The mass shooting is among the worst in the nation’s history.

“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” a visibly distraught President Obama said during a nationally televised address Friday afternoon.

Pictured above, Children waited outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut.

After pausing to compose himself for perhaps five long seconds, Mr. Obama said, “They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

Then the president wiped the corner of his eye.

Some witnesses described a harrowing scene inside the school with the sounds of gunfire followed by sounds of screams as terrified students and staff members hid in classrooms, closets or wherever they could quickly take shelter.

One 9-year-old student said he was in the gym when the shooting erupted.

“We were in the gym, and I heard really loud bangs,” said the boy, as he stood shivering and weeping outside the school with his father’s arms draped around him. “We thought that someone was knocking something over. And we heard yelling, and we heard gunshots. We heard lots of gunshots. We heard someone say, ‘Put your hands up.’ I heard, ‘Don’t shoot.’ We had to go into the closet in the gym. Then someone came and told us to run down the hallway. There were police at every door. There were lots of people crying and screaming.”

Another student at the school told an NBC affiliate in Connecticut: “I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled. We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside.”

Pictured above, State police led children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after a shooting was reported there.

State police said the Newtown police called them shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. “On- and off-duty troopers responded to the school, and with Newtown police immediately upon arrival entered the school and began an active shooter search,” Lieutenant Vance said.

Eighteen of the students were pronounced dead at the school, and two others were taken to hospitals where they were declared dead. All the adults shot at the school were pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officials said the weapons used by the gunman were a Sig Sauer and a Glock. In addition to the two handguns, the police also found an M4  bushmaster 22 calibre carbine at the scene that they believe belonged to the gunman.

Meredith Artley, the managing editor of CNN.com, said that someone who works at the school told her the shooting happened in the hallway. “She described it as a ‘Pop, pop, pop,’” Ms. Artley said. “She said three people went out into the hall and only one person came back, the vice principal, she said, who was shot in the leg or the foot, who came crawling back. She cowered under the table and called 911. There must have been a hundred rounds.”

As news of the shooting spread, frantic family members descended on the scene and were taken to a nearby fire house where teachers and students who had been evacuated from the school had been taken by the authorities. Some clergy members were also at the fire house.

As news of the shooting spread, frantic family members descended on the scene and were taken to a nearby fire house where teachers and students who had been evacuated from the school had been taken by the authorities. Some clergy members were also at the fire house.

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2 Responses to 27 Killed in Connecticut School Shooting, Including 20 Children.

  1. --Rick says:

    This story is sad beyond comprehension or words. It’s almost enough to make one long to become a member of another species.

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