Ugh, horrifying HORRIFYING news to pass along today … a man opened fire inside of an elementary school in Newtown, CT this morning and killed at least a dozen people, tho some reports are saying that upwards of 27 people were killed — including children! It’s really very difficult to wrap my head around this tragic news. At this point, the news coming from the scene is constantly changing so it’s impossible to know for sure what exactly happened this morning. One report claims that of the reported dead, 14-18 of them were children — CHILDREN :( As I say, the news is constantly changing but read on to learn more about what is being reported right now. UPDATE: The school shooter has been identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, after it was originally reported to be his older brother Ryan Lanza, 24.
More than two dozen people, mostly elementary school children, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning, federal and state sources tell ABC News. The massacre involved two gunmen at a Connecticut school this morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today. State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large. Car-to-car searches are underway. It’s unclear how many people have been shot, but 25 people, mostly children are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News. That number could rise, officials said. It is the worst shooting in a U.S. elementary school in recent memory. The shooting comes just three days after masked gunman Jacob Roberts opened fire in a busy Portland, Ore., mall killing two before turning the gun on himself. Today’s shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury. State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source. A photo from the scene shows a line of distressed children being led out of the school. While some students have been reunited with their parents on the school’s perimeter, one group of students remains unaccounted for, according to a source with a child in the school.
The school is kindergarten through fourth grade … State police sent SWAT team units to Newtown. All public and private schools in the town are on lockdown. “We have increased our police presence at all Danbury Public Schools due to the events in Newtown. Pray for the victims,” Newtown Mayor Boughton tweeted. State emergency management officials said ambulances and other units were also en route and staging near the school. A message on the school district website says that all afternoon kindergarten is cancelled today and there will be no mid-day bus runs.
I can’t even … how does something like this happen? I was horrified by the news out of Colorado last July when a man opened fire inside a movie theater. But this news … that a man walked into an elementary school of kindergarten to fourth graders and opened fire just blows my mind. This from Robert Goulston, reporter for Channel 3 Eyewitness News WFSB-TV (CBS):
Source says shooter went from classroom to classroom shooting students and adults. #newtown
We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that the principal was killed, that the shooter is the father of a student but at this point we don’t know why. CBS News is reporting that the shooter, who wielded 2 handguns, has been killed … and that a second shooter may be involved:
Law enforcement sources told Miller that preliminary and unconfirmed information indicates that the shooter was the father of a student. The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.
ABC News reports 1 shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary was a 24-year-old in a bulletproof vest with 4 guns. #developing
NBC report: Person in custody, may be second individual connected to CT school shooting
Of the people killed, reports suggest that many of the children killed were from the same kindergarten class. Another report claims that an entire kindergarten class is unaccounted for — possibly the same class! I just cannot. This story will change as new information is released but at this point, we know that children have been gunned down. Keep in mind that the numbers presented here could be incorrect and I hope with all my heart that the numbers are wrong, that the number dead is not this high. Folks, please take some time to send your prayers and good thoughts to the people of Newtown, CT.
UPDATE: The Huffington Post is reporting that the shooter has been identified by authorities as Ryan Lanza:
The suspect in one of the the deadliest school shootings in history has been identified as Ryan Lanza, authorities said Friday. According to police, Lanza, 24, is suspected of killing 27 people — 8 adults and 18 children — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shooter was killed during the rampage and several others were injured. The identities of the shooting victims has not yet been released. The gunman was wearing dark clothing, a mask, a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. A cause and manner of death is pending, police said. Police continue to investigate if there was a second shooter involved.
Lanza who lived in nearby New Jersey is REPORTEDLY from Newtown, CT and it is being REPORTED that his mother Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school and is among the dead. This has NOT yet been confirmed officially.
@BBCBreaking Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother, a teacher, believed to be among victims of school shooting in #Newtown
UPDATE 2: Lanza‘s father has been REPORTEDLY found dead in his home:
The alleged shooter has been identified by NBC News as Ryan Lanza, 24, and he shot and killed his father in Hoboken, New Jersey. WNBC says Lanza then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School where his mother was the kindergarten teacher. Lanza is said to have entered the front office at the school and opened fire, then walked to his mother’s classroom and opened fire, killing her and other students. Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police would only say that “the shooter is deceased inside the building…”
UPDATE 3: There are reports that Lanza‘s younger brother is in police custody, it is believed that the brother is the person who may or may not be the alleged “second shooter”. If this information about Lanza turns out to be true, it sounds like Lanza (and possibly his younger brother) murdered his father in his home in Hoboken, NJ and then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT where his mother was a kindergarten teacher and opened fire on her and her students (among others). This from NBC News:
A teacher’s son clad in black and carrying two handguns rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 18 small children and seven adults, including his mother, in the nation’s second-worst school massacre, law enforcement officials said. The gunman, identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of Hoboken, N.J., also was found dead at the scene, a federal law enforcement official said. Lanza’s mother is a kindergarten teacher at the Newtown, Conn., school, and it’s inside her classroom where most of the casualties took place, according to WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst. Another member of Lanza’s family was found shot to death at home in Newtown, and a second person is in custody for a possible connection to Friday’s slaughter … The motive for the shooting was unknown … Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC’s Dienst. The Associated Press said one of the guns was a.223-caliber rifle.
This is absolutely the most heartbreaking news. Utterly and completely.
UPDATE 4: Police Lt. Paul Vance has confirmed that 20 children and 7 adults were killed by the gunman, who is also dead, equaling 28 dead at the school. He also confirmed that “another person” connected to this shooting was also found dead offsite, this very likely refers to Ryan Lanza‘s father in Hoboken, NJ.
Update 5: It is now being reported that the name of the shooter is actually Adam Lanza NOT Ryan Lanza. Ryan, the older brother, is being questioned by police but it is being reported that he is not involved with the shooting. Adam, the younger brother, is now reported as the shooter:
The suspected gunman behind Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school has been identified as Adam Lanza, 20, according to Fox News. Lanza died at the scene. Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead and targeted her kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sources sais. Sources also told The Post that Lanza’s mother was a teacher at the school and he “had a dispute with her.” Police in Hoboken, NJ are questioning Lanza’s older brother Ryan, 24, but he is not a suspect. Officials initially reported Ryan Lanza was the suspect in the shooting, however Fox News confirmed the suspect is in fact 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Adam Lanza‘s identification as the shooter is also being reported by The New York Times:
A law enforcement official identified the shooter as Adam Lanza and said that a brother, Ryan Lanza, had been questioned.
As I understand it now, trying to sort thru the confusing reports, Ryan Lanza lives in NJ and is being questioned by police. Adam Lanza, who is now believed to be the shooter, lived in Newtown, CT with his father and mother Nancy Lanza who is a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shooting took place. Adam‘s father (at his home) and mother (at the school) were killed today along with 20 elementary school students (18 killed on site, 2 died at the hospital) and 7 adults who worked at the school. There appears, at this point, to be no “second shooter”.