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."

Naome Lixes December 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
"That's because we do have a right to buy and posess these guns it's called the second admendment." Amendment implies change, does it not? How many pissed-off parents do you suppose will vote for the coming ban? I suppose we outnumber gun owners. It's just a matter of time.
b kcaj December 20, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Naome-No matter how hard you try, the gun nuts will never listen to reason. They get such a perverted satisfaction from shooting their high powered assault weapons that it's almost like the high a heroin addict addict gets from mainlining. They will not listen to reason, and even if there were another school massacre today and 100 innocent children were slaughtered by an assault weapon, they would still scream about how they should be able to buy/own/use/fondle these weapons of mass destruction. Fortunately, the tide has turned, and our President has made it his #1 priority to insure these military style assault weapons will be outlawed for use and ownership by civilians, and this country will take a giant step toward preventing the type of carnage that took place in Newtown last week.
Dark star December 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Here is an example of the "success" of the Chicago gun ban: "The city’s summer death toll even drew comparisons to war zones: 144 American soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan by June; 228 Chicagoans had been killed during that same time period. Many of the dead were school age or teenagers." http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/20/in-newtowns-shadow-chicagos-bleak-gun-toll-goes-on/
Tiverton Dad December 20, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The Chicago ban failed because it was too local. Immediately after the ban went into effect, gun dealers set up shop on the perimeter of the city, and gun companies supplied them with guns well in excess of the amount to serve the demands of these communities adjacent to Chicago. The gun dealers and the gun companies were well aware that the guns they were selling would end up on Chicago's streets in violation of this ordinance. In fact, state laws are also too local. It's too easy to travel to adjacent states with lax gun laws to purchase weapons for transport over state lines. This is why a National gun law in needed.
Tiverton Dad December 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
This is also why I have written to all members of my congressional delegation to urge them to take a leadership role in passing a national gun law that: *Implements a permanent ban on all assault-type weapons *Implements uniform, minimum waiting periods *Closes the gun show loophole *Establishes maximum gun purchases by an individual *Makes gun ownership after dealer sale non-transferable, including guns owned by municipal police departments *Requires mandatory firearms safety classes as a condition of licensing, repeated regularly *Prohibits gun ownership to anyone convicted of a violent crime *Prohibits gun ownership to anyone with a history of mental disease In addition, the law would provide federal funding for *Gun buy-back programs, distributed at the state level, with penalties for failing to meet buy-back quotas *Free mental health services and screening If you support this write to your congressional representatives.
b kcaj December 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Very well written "Tiverton Dad". Let's hope sensible people take your advice and write to their senators and representatives supporting the points you so eloquently made. The carnage we have witnessed in Newtown and other mass shootings throughout the country must NEVER be repeated.
Portent December 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Tired of NK antics: The fact that you invoke God at the end of your irrational and illogical screed says it all. You are no more a genuine religious believer than you are a loyal denizen of America who understands what values our country embodies. You are just another selfish and ignorant popinjay who lacks a basic education in the fundamentals of logic while accusing others of being illogical. The 2nd Amendment was clearly and obviously drafted for a time when the nation had no standing army. I assume you consider yourself a 'law-abiding' citizen, like so many gun fanatics claim. Really now? So do you intend to continue to be a 'law-abiding' citizen if and when gun possession is outlawed? Or would you move to some war zone that would better suit your gun-worshipping needs and provide a more cosseting environment for their use? Your uncapped natural gas is what's killing me!
NK Parent December 20, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Thanks for further highlighting how gun violence is running rampant in the US. Previously I had not been supportive of a ban of ALL guns but maybe this needs to be reconsidered.
b kcaj December 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
"tired of nk antics"-When are you going to wake up and smell the coffee, and realize the days of you and your fellow gun nuts playing Soldier of Fortune are coming to an end? Those 26 innocent women and children who died at the hands of a killing machine only useful to the military, law enforcement, and mass murderers should not have lost their lives in vain. It's time for comprehensive and strict gun control laws NOW.
Portent December 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
So, Phil, when should we show respect for the dead? When the news and urgency have passed and Americans return to their natural, somnambulant condition? What greater respect could be paid the victims' families and their community than having a full-throttled, wide-ranging, open discussion of the gun issue, which is a symptom of a highly dysfunctional, undereducated and un-selfconscious society and culture? These parents might find some solace knowing that multitudes of fellow Americans heretofore lulled to sleep or intimidated by the gun fanatics and the NRA are finally awakening to address the moral question of the national catastrophe of violence and guns? Americans in general never believe unpleasant discussions, whether of religion, politics or death, etc., are appropriate under most circumstances because we remain a fundamentally anti-intellectual nation awash in unexamined and unquestioned pieties.
Dark star December 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@ Portent...your screen name is all I needed to see...you fancy yourself some kind of "omen" or some sort of prognosticator...talk about hot air....gimme a break. You have no idea what kind of person I am, so please lay of the personal attacks and stick to to subject matter. Your rotten personality is the smell that is blowing back in your face. I am sure i am at least as law-abiding as you are. I never once mentioned the second amendment. And we both know, gun ownership will never be outlawed. It will never happen. Good luck to you in your quest, and may God bless you as well. As we are all Gods children.
Dark star December 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
@ Tiverton Dad, just another liberal desperately trying to minimize facts with a half-baked justification. You know guns will never be totally banned in this country and Chicago is a shining example of what will happen as is D.C. It is an impractical premise.
Tiverton Dad December 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Tired, Read "Outgunned: Up Against the NRA," by Peter Brown and Daniel Abel. If you read my post below, you'll see that I'm not advocating for a total gun ban.
Dan December 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
So 22 kids were slashed to death in China by a madman in front of their school yard the same day, yet that went under reported, if reported at all here. No guns, just a knife. Not a SEMI AUTO KNIFE not an ASSAULT TYPE WEAPON knife. A KNIFE to cut meat with.
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Wrong again, the most important thing that should come from this is the fact that this is what happens when society breeds and loathes in constant violence via media. Look at every damn action movie made in the last 25 years. How does the good guy solve his problems? He shoots the bad guy. How does the good cowboy win? Killing the bad cowboy. This formula of solving problems via the end of a gun has been in your faces for almost a century and you wonder why shit like this happens? I own a gun, in fact I own an "assault rifle". But the only thing my rifle is assaulting is the case its sitting in. And when I make it assault targets at the range too. Ask the kids families about assault weapons? How about offering condolences and anything you can to support them in their time of need. Not some political crap about "assault weapons". Do you even know what an "assault weapon" is? Just by using this media based politicized term that you keep throwing around the term assault means to act in violence towards another. That s all it means, therefore you keep spitting the term that ANY gun can fall under the definition of. So again, stop spewing Mainstream terms and learn wtf you're talking about.
Tiverton Dad December 20, 2012 at 09:12 PM
For information on what is being done to stop these atrocities, visit the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. No membership is required, but donations are gratefully accepted. I gave $50 in memory of the children and teachers at Sandy Hook. Please consider joining me at http://www.bradycenter.org/.
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
1. A permaban on "assault type weapons" - explain what an "assault type weapon" is. I can assault you with a broom and that can be called an assault type weapon. You clearly don't even know what you're talking about by making blanket statements such as this. Not only that, a permaban on this guns will take them underground to where only the non law abiding citizen would shop, putting these type of weapons back in the hands of ex cons etc. See how prohibition went. You apparently haven't looked at the violent crime statistics from the UK or Australia since their little gun ban. Since they have banned guns in this countries there have been more house invasions involving knives and swords because CRIMINALS aren't afraid of the home owner because they know that they most likely cannot defend themselves. Typically the elderly are targeted as well. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1546085/The-vagaries-of-UK-knife-crime-statistics.html http://youtu.be/p8RDWltHxRc http://youtu.be/p8RDWltHxRc
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I have to comment on the rest of this, this is rich.... *Implements uniform, minimum waiting periods - Makes sense, already exists in most states. Point to prove this event took place in CT which has some of the most draconian gun laws in the US. *Closes the gun show loophole - See above *Establishes maximum gun purchases by an individual - So what happens to people who are collectors or inherit from a family member? People are now limited to what they can own or purchase? How does the market work off of that mentality? Just one day because everyone owns their max limit they have to stop making them, right? *Makes gun ownership after dealer sale non-transferable, including guns owned by municipal police departments - Again, how would the market even survive with this mentality? What happens when they serve their purpose? People just destroy their $700 gun? You clearly are lacking in effects these ideas would have on the economy. You live in America buddy, much of your stock market rides on bullets and guns and missles. Maybe you should tell the government that too. *Requires mandatory firearms safety classes as a condition of licensing, repeated regularly - This is just asinine. If you have taken the hunter safety course and pass the test you have the right to purchase a firearm and use it. We don't need our hands held, this is like having someone repeat first grade over and over again, just because. Continued....
Rhody December 20, 2012 at 09:28 PM
When will you guys learn to stop feeding these trolls? I'm amazed Joe can find the time to hold down a job while spending every waking minute on these Patch comment boards. Find a hobby. Your life will be so much more enjoyable - trust me.
Joe Sousa. December 20, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I'm independently wealthy if you must know . I only work to beat the boredom .
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM
*Prohibits gun ownership to anyone convicted of a violent crime - This already the case as most if not all violent crimes are felonies. *Prohibits gun ownership to anyone with a history of mental disease - The only true way to follow with this idea is you would need a central database of everyone in this countries mental health, not to mention whatever regulatory agency would do this would now have access to every single persons health status in the country. This is somewhat part of obama care, but they are trying to implement the handprint biometric data storage of patient info. Not to mention, who deems who mentally incompetent? Who makes them the grand authority of right or wrong on how you think about things? If they disagree with how you live your life they can deem you "mentally incapable". *Gun buy-back programs, distributed at the state level, with penalties for failing to meet buy-back quotas - How the hell do you enforce a state to meet quotas? People spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on their guns and you think they are just going to hand them in for a free ham for the holidays? Our society is sick. Its not the guns, its the ETHICS of this society. Adding to the nanny state is going to give you just that, a huge nanny state telling you what to eat, drink, smell, feel, and talk. It already does most of that through TV "PRGORAMMING" anyway. Your answers are NOT the answer.
Tiverton Dad December 20, 2012 at 09:42 PM
At this moment, 95,767 people in America have been shot this year. 187 people have been shot today alone. How do you think that affects the economy?
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Sadly, the fact is it helps the economy. As terrible it is for this to be but the medical bills alone surely add up these days for anyone.
b kcaj December 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Seeing that you're independently wealthy Joe, why don't you do something good with all that money and donate it to the Brady Center to Stop Gun Violence.
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Yeah Joe, send the money to the Brady center so you can pay for some fat old guy to sit at a desk and call people telling them how guns are bad and they should trade them in for new shoe polish. Money well spent!
NK Parent December 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
What are you talking about? Considering what was going on in the U.S., the China story was very well reported even if you obviously didn't read it. If you had actually read about the incident before trying to make it a NRA-approved talking point you would know that, although horrible, nobody was killed in the China incident. If the assailant had had access to an Assault type weapon such as in Newtown the body count would have been a lot higher. Nice try Dan.
Dan December 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM
First of all I could care less about the NRA. Second of all "Slashed" and "Stabbed" was how the sensationalist media spun the story. Sorry for not keeping an up to date journal of what occurred. The fact remains the problem is crazy a**holes and the incessant evil that plagues humanity. I am assuming NK stands for North Korea, you'd probably like it there. You should check it out.
Naome Lixes December 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
"I'm independently wealthy if you must know..." All that taxpayer-funded excavation returned your family estate to it's former glory? You're an embarrassment to Tiverton, and we set the bar low.
Naome Lixes December 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
"Sadly, the fact is it helps the economy. As terrible it is for this to be but the medical bills alone surely add up these days for anyone." The pure dollar costs are disproportionately born by public-funded health care centers as the majority of victims (those that survive) are uninsured. This makes the basic cost a public tax burden. This discounts the intangible costs in loss of commerce in public spaces and the chilling effect it puts on marketplaces such as grocery stores, shopping malls and theaters. There's no accounting for the cost to families that have only photographs to care for when there are no survivors. Indirect estimates as of 2002 placed the cost of these losses (primarily derived from Trauma center data) at $100 Billion, with $15 Billion attributed to morbidity and mortality among victims under 16 YOA. Given the current fiscal climate, reclaiming these losses would help stabilize our debt spiral and return otherwise dependent victims to the work roles. (Those are good things, right?) http://gemini.gmu.edu/cebcp/CRIM490/CookLudwig2002.pdf http://gemini.gmu.edu/cebcp/CRIM490/CookLudwig2002.pdf
Joseph Hutnak December 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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