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- 12-14-2012, 02:15 PM #1
At least 26 dead in shooting at Connecticut elementary school
At least 26 dead in shooting at Connecticut elementary school
Published December 14, 2012
DEVELOPING: Authorities say at least 26 people, including 18 children, were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school.
A law enforcement official said the shooter, who is dead, is believed to be a father of one of the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Authorities recovered a Glock and Sig Sauer 9mm handgun, but it was unclear who killed the shooter, who wore black combat garb and a military vest.
An official with knowledge of the situation said the man, described as in his 20's, had two guns. The motive is not yet known.
Earlier reports of a second gunman are unconfirmed. The Connecticut Post reports that police are also questioning a handcuffed man in connection with the shooting. Witnesses told the newspaper he was led out of the woods by officers.
Shortly after 9:40 a.m., authorities reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had "numerous gunshot wounds," police told the Hartford Courant.
A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher was shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Local news outlets also reported that the principal was among those shot.
Parent Lisa Procaccini told Fox News that her daughter was sitting in a classroom when she and others heard gun shots.
"She was in a small class -- a reading group and they started hearing bangs," Procaccini said. "Her teacher, and Iím grateful for this, rushed kids into the bathroom and locked the door. They told kids it was hammering and tried to keep them calm.Ē
"Children were crying," Procaccini said. "She did tell me about a little boy that was in a police officerís arms, bleeding. I donít know if she gets it."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said two firearms were recovered from the scene.
President Obama was notified of the shooting around 10:30 am ET, White House officials said.
The Newtown School District has locked down schools as a preventive measure to ensure the safety of students and staff.
A statement on the district's website stated that afternoon kindergarten classes have been canceled.
The elementary school has close to 700 students.
Newtown is in Fairfield County, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City.
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FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin, Mike Levine, Jana Winter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
- 12-14-2012, 04:33 PM #2
How many teachers have open carry or concealed carry permits in the school?Never give up! Never surrender! Never compromise your values!*
NO MORE ROTHSCHILD STOOGES IN PUBLIC OFFICE!!!
- 12-14-2012, 04:57 PM #3
All schools are gun free zones as are Malls, but it doesn't stop crazy people like this insane person from killing children. I also wonder if he was Christian or atheist.
Now comes the outcry for gun control, It seems that last week in Washington didn't work. I am curious to know if either of these two brothers had ties to the Occupy movement or other anarchist movements.
Last edited by Newmexican; 12-14-2012 at 08:16 PM.
- 12-14-2012, 05:20 PM #4
Sadly instead of talking about the real problem, values, morals,standards and mental illness the one issue that will be blamed is firearms. A true discussion of broken families,children without dad all important topics again will be missed.
My heart goes out to the parents of all the children who died hope they can find some peace in the future.I'm old with many opinions few solutions.
- 12-14-2012, 05:42 PM #5
Newtown, Conn. School District Had Recently Installed New Safety Protocols
In Letter To Parents Strict Guidelines Were Outlined For 4 Elementary Schools
December 14, 2012 4:34 PM
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The courtyard at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. (credit: newtown.sandyhook.schooldesk.net)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) ó In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left more than two dozen people dead, including 18 children, CBS 2 has learned the school district had just installed a new safety policy designed to prevent situations such as what happened on Friday.
Photos: Newtown School Massacre
At approximately 9:41 a.m. a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Early reports indicated one child and the gunman were killed, but later the horror of what actually took place started to come to the surface.
CBS News has confirmed that sources have identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sources told CBS 2.
Earlier reports identified the gunman as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, Adamís older brother. Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, New Jersey, is now being questioned by police.
It was later learned a second person connected to the massacre was taken into custody, but the specifics how he was possibly connected to the tragedy were not immediately known.
The district took proactive measures to ensure the safety of students and faculty when it unveiled new safety protocols earlier in the school year, but it is unknown if school officials followed the new guidelines prior to the shooting.
Students were seen being escorted to a nearby firehouse in what was described as a very calm and controlled evacuation, a protocol that had been in place for some time, officials said. Hundreds of students and faculty members were reportedly met by dozens of emergency vehicles. Relieved parents then met their children at the firehouse and took them home, by car and even by foot.
CBS 2 has obtained the letter sent home to parents describing the new safety protocols:
Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family,
Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification.
Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m. Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office. Before that time our regular drop-off procedures will be in place. I encourage all parents to have their children come to school and return home on the bus and to remain in school for the entire school day. The beginning and ending of our school day are also important instructional times and therefore we want all our students to reap the benefits of full participation in our program.
We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks. Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically. There are times during the day when office personnel are on the telephone, addressing student concerns, or in the copy room; there are other times when only one person is in the front office. Please help our staff by identifying yourself and provide your childís name.
Keep in mind we will be following our district guidelines which may need revision once we test the system.
Please know your involvement continues to be critical to our schoolís effectiveness and your childís success. We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative.
It is unclear how the shooter, reportedly armed with two semi-automatic handguns, gained access to the school or if he showed identification, or if he had entered prior to the 9:30 a.m. doors-locked mandate. It is also unclear how the shooter gained access to the school halls and classrooms.
Sandy Hook Elementary is one of four elementary schools in Newtown, a town approximately 15 miles east of Danbury, 60 miles northeast of New York City.
Newtown School Dustrict Had Recently Installed New Safety Protocols ę CBS New York
It beign reported that the shooter, Adam Lanza, was buzzed in with his guns.
- 12-14-2012, 06:50 PM #6
Satan is working overtime. Prayers to the families and victims of this horrible, senseless and barbaric act ..U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 12-14-2012, 06:54 PM #7
Neighbors described shooter to ABCNEWS as 'odd' and displaying characteristics associated with mental illness... MORE...
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- 12-14-2012, 07:01 PM #8U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 12-14-2012, 07:05 PM #9U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 12-14-2012, 10:01 PM #10
Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: 'Obviously Not Well'
Alleged Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza is seen in this 2005 photo.
By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CHRIS CUOMO (@ChrisCuomo) and RICHARD ESPOSITO
Dec. 14, 2012
Adam Lanza of Newtown, Connecticut was a child of the suburbs and a child of divorce who at age 20 still lived with his mother.
This morning he appears to have started his day by shooting his mother Nancy in the face, and then driving to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with at least two handguns and at least one semi-automatic rifle.
There, before turning his gun on himself, he shot and killed 20 children, who President Obama later described as between five and 10 years of age. Six adults were also killed at the school. Nancy Lanza was found dead in her home.
A relative told ABC News that Adam was "obviously not well."
Family friends in Newtown also described the young man as troubled and described Nancy as very rigid. "[Adam] was not connected with the other kids," said one friend.
State and federal authorities believe his mother may have once worked at the elementary school where Adam went on his deadly rampage, although she was not a teacher, according to relatives, perhaps a volunteer.
Nancy and her husband Peter, Adam's father, divorced in 2009. When they first filed for divorce in 2008, a judge ordered that they participate in a "parenting education program."
Peter Lanza, who drove to northern New Jersey to talk to police and the FBI, is a vice president at GE Capital and had been a partner at global accounting giant Ernst & Young.
Adam's older brother Ryan Lanza, 24, has worked at Ernst & Young for four years, apparently following in his father's footsteps and carving out a solid niche in the tax practice. He too was interviewed by the FBI. Neither he nor his father is under any suspicion.
"[Ryan] is a tax guy and he is clean as a whistle," a source familiar with his work said.
Police had initially identified Ryan as the killer. Ryan sent out a series of Facebook posts saying it wasn't him and that he was at work all day. Video records as well as card swipes at Ernst & Young verified his statement that he had been at the office.
Investigators are looking into whether Adam Lanza was carrying his older brother Ryan's identification at the time of the shooting, which may have caused the confusion. Neither Adam nor Ryan has any known criminal history.
With reporting by Pierre Thomas, Jim Avila, Santina Leuci, Aaron Katersky, Jason Ryan and Jay Shaylor
Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: 'Obviously Not Well' - ABC News