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…Lanza had two bedrooms in the house, including one in the basement in which he kept his computer, his computer video games and other possessions. Lanza had thousands of dollars worth of video games and preferred to play on his computer with other anonymous gamers, investigators said.

The basement also is where Nancy Lanza, a gun enthusiast and target shooter, kept her collection of weapons in a locked box. She had at least five weapons – two handguns a semi-automatic rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. Lanza had all the weapons except the .22 with him when he drove to the school…

Authorities said they have determined that a hoaxer, on Dec. 12, published a fictitious conversation, purportedly instigated by Lanza, on an Internet chat room frequented by computer enthusiasts. The first post purportedly made by Lanza read, “I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news. be watching at 9 am.”

Some days later, someone opened an offensive Twitter account that seemed designed to further hurt the families of Lanza’s victims.

“Someone is going to be arrested,” a law enforcement official said…

Five days after the shootings investigators still are collecting bullets from inside and outside the school. Lanza fired so many rounds that many bullets pierced cars in the school parking lot.

Sources said that Nancy Lanza owned at least five guns and that all of them were purchased legally since her divorce in 2009.

Adam Lanza was carrying three weapons when he entered the school, two pistols and the Bushmaster rifle that he used to spray the hallway and two classrooms with bullets. A source said that he left a shotgun in the trunk of his mother’s car, which he drove to the scene…

Source: Hartford Courant

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Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap

… Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place. Flashman, a U.S. Marine, is the son of a pastor at an area church where many of the victims’ families worship.

“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told FoxNews.com. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”

… Adam Lanza attended the Sandy Hook School as a boy, according to Flashman, who said Nancy Lanza had volunteered there for several years. Two law enforcement sources said they believed Nancy Lanza had been volunteering with kindergartners at the school. Most of Lanza’s victims were first graders sources believe Nancy Lanza may have worked with last year.

Flashman said Nancy Lanza was also good friends with the school’s principal and psychologist—both of whom were killed in the shooting rampage.

“Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this [was the fact that] she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,” Flashman said…

Source:  Fox News

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UPDATE

“… Nancy Lanza died of four gunshots to the head from a .22-caliber rifle, Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the chief state medical examiner, said Tuesday. Nancy Lanza was likely asleep she was killed.

The rifle was not among the weapons Adam Lanza took with him to the school on Friday…”

Source: Hartford Courant

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Malloy Recalls Difficult Task Of Telling Newtown Parents Of Their Children’s Deaths

The Hartford Courant – By JON LENDER

…Starting shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, Malloy and Occhiogrosso were at the firehouse down the road from the school, along with the parents of at least 18 of the children who had died.

“As time went on, it was clear at least a few of them thought that there was some chance that their child might be alive” — perhaps “being treated at hospital en route or at the hospital,” Occhiogrosso said. “There was clearly some sense of confusion as to whether that was true. … That went on for a little while.”

By about 3 p.m., “it became clear” that no surviving children were being treated, and Malloy verified that information with the commander of the state police, Col. Danny Stebbins, who was standing in the firehouse.

“The people clearly wanted information,” Occhiogrosso said, and “one gentleman finally said, ‘Will you please just tell us what’s going on?'”

“It was at that point that the governor made clear that if their child wasn’t with them … they wouldn’t be coming home. There was a range of reaction. … Some people collapsed on the floor. Some people screamed. It was a horrific scene.”

Malloy explained his decision to inform the parents by saying that their suspense “had gone on for a period of time well after there was any expectancy that families would be reunited.”

“So I made a decision that rather than relying on traditional investigative policies — that you actually have a child or an adult identified as the particular victim before you inform someone, or at least give them the information by which they could formulate for themselves that their loved one was not going to return — I made the decision that to have that go on any longer … was wrong.”

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… Several sources in law enforcement and elsewhere provided what they said was the most current information on how the events leading to the school shootings unfolded.

On Friday morning, as Lanza turned left, toward the first-grade classrooms, Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Scherlach, shocked by the sounds of gunfire and shattering glass, bolted into a corridor from a conference room across the hall from the classrooms.

He shot them both with the rifle.

The first classroom that Lanza reached was that of teacher Kaitlin Roig. Alarmed by the gunfire, she had hidden her students in a bathroom and closed her classroom door. For reasons that could not be explained Saturday, Lanza passed by Roig’s classroom.

The classroom he chose to enter was substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau’s, where he proceeded to systematically shoot everyone inside — the 14 children who investigators believe were huddled and clutching one another in fear, Rousseau and a special education teacher who happened to be in the room.

Rousseau was filling in for the regular teacher, who was out on maternity leave. Rousseau had been teaching at the school for six weeks.

“There were 14 coats hanging there and 14 bodies. He killed them all,” said a law enforcement officer involved in the case.

Lanza next arrived at teacher Victoria Soto’s classroom. Soto is believed to have hidden her 6- and 7-year old students in a classroom closet. When Lanza demanded to know where the children were, Soto tried to divert him to the other end of the school by saying that her students were in the auditorium.

But six of Soto’s students tried to flee. Lanza shot them, Soto and another teacher who was in the room. Later, in their search for survivors, police found the remaining seven of Soto’s students still hiding in the closet. They told the police what had happened.

The two teacher’s aides who were killed were Mary Anne Murphy and Rachel Davino. It was unclear which aide was in which room when they were killed.

The first officer to arrive at the school found Lanza’s body near the door of Soto’s classroom.

The intense violence lasted about 10 minutes. Lanza fired at least three, 30-round magazines with deadly accuracy. Two of the people he shot survived. All of the victims were shot multiple times…

Hartford Courant

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Nancy Lanza loved guns, and often took her sons to one of the shooting ranges here in the suburbs northeast of New York City, where there is an active community of gun enthusiasts, her friends said. At a local bar, she sometimes talked about her gun collection…

Investigators have linked Ms. Lanza to five weapons: two powerful handguns, two traditional hunting rifles and a semiautomatic rifle that is similar to weapons used by troops in Afghanistan.

Her son took the two handguns and the semiautomatic rifle to the school. Law enforcement officials said they believed the guns were acquired legally and were registered…

New York Times

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… He had two bedrooms that were clean and orderly when law officers swept into the house after the shootings Friday morning. Lanza apparently lived in one of the rooms and kept his computer gear and other items in the other one, the sources said.

Law officers found evidence that Adam Lanza played graphically violent video games, the sources said.

Rebecca Jaroszewski said she was in the same first- and third-grade classes with Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary.

She said the memory that stands out most is Lanza standing alone while other children played at recess, straining himself to make his face turn red and making animal-like noises. He did this often, Jaroszewski said. “He would seem really angry, but he wouldn’t tell people why,” she said…

Hartford Courant

UPDATED

… CBS News learned the identities of three students who were killed. They included Anna Marcus Greene – the daughter of a well-known saxophone player; Emily Parker, who moved to Connecticut with her family just a year ago; and Chase Kowalski, who is survived by his parents Rebecca and Steve.

Also among the dead were school psychologist Mary Sherlock, 56, who planned to retire next year, and Vicki Soot, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher.

All bodies had been removed from the school as of the 9 a.m. hour, police said on CBS This Morning Saturday.

Meanwhile, state police told Aiello they were looking at the strong likelihood that the gunman gained entrance to the school by shooting out a window right next to the front door.

Thus, he would have been able to get around the new security system that was put in place earlier this year, which includes a remote control lock and intercom with a video buzzer system to let visitors in…

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A friend posted a tribute to Miss Soto on her Tumblr account. In her tribute she wrote: “I talked to Vicki Tuesday and she told me that she loved her 16 angels and never wanted to let them go. Today when the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets and when the gunman came into her room she told them the class was in gym. She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed. Words can not express how heartbreaking and tragic this is. I will miss you dearly.”

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Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza, 20, ‘deeply disturbed kid’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – By Matthew Lysiak , Denis Slattery AND Rich Schapiro

He was dark and disturbed, a deeply troubled boy from a wealthy family who unnerved his neighbors and classmates.

Mass murderer Adam Lanza, 20, was a ticking time bomb, people who knew him told the Daily News…

“This was a deeply disturbed kid,” a family insider told the Daily News. “He certainly had major issues. He was subject to outbursts from what I recall.”

A “longtime” family friend said Lanza had a condition “where he couldn’t feel pain.”

“A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,” said the friend. “Adam had a lot of mental problems.”

…Nancy Lanza, 54, whom Adam murdered inside the home the two shared, reportedly had worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But more recently, she was taking care of her son.

“She needed to be home with Adam,” the family insider said.

Nancy was known as a pillar of the community, while neighbors viewed her troubled son as a terror…

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A Gunman, Recalled as Intelligent and Shy, Who Left Few Footprints in Life

NYT – By DAVID M. HALBFINGER

He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class, and sat near the door so he could readily slip in and out. When called upon, he was intelligent, but nervous and fidgety, spitting his words out, as if having to speak up were painful.

Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him…

In his brief adulthood, Mr. Lanza had left few footprints, electronic or otherwise. He apparently had no Facebook page, unlike his older brother, Ryan, a Hoboken, N.J., resident who for several hours on Friday was misidentified in news reports as the perpetrator of the massacre.

Adam Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, “Camera shy.” Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school…

One former classmate who said he was familiar with the disorder described Mr. Lanza as having a “very flat affect,” adding, “If you looked at him, you couldn’t see any emotions going through his head.”

Others said Mr. Lanza’s evident discomfort prompted giggles from those who did not understand him.

“You could tell that he felt so uncomfortable about being put on the spot,” said Olivia DeVivo, also now at the University of Connecticut. “I think that maybe he wasn’t given the right kind of attention or help.

I think he went so unnoticed that people didn’t even stop to realize that maybe there’s actually something else going on here — that maybe he needs to be talking or getting some kind of mental help. In high school, no one really takes the time to look and think, ‘Why is he acting this way?’ ”

Ms. DeVivo remembered Mr. Lanza from sixth grade and earlier, talking about aliens and “blowing things up,” but she chalked this up to the typical talk of prepubescent boys…

Beth Israel, 43, said she and her family lived down the street from the Lanzas, and her daughter went to school with Adam Lanza. She said she had not spoken to any members of the family in three years.

“He was a socially awkward kid,” Ms. Israel said. “He always had issues. He was kind of a loner. I don’t know who his friends were.”

She said she would speak with his mother on occasion, but said the family was not social…

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28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Sandy Hook School Shooting In Newtown

By MATTHEW KAUFFMAN,  The Hartford Courant

The shootings took place in two first-grade classrooms around 9:30 a.m., sources said, and one witness said she believed as many as 100 rounds had been fired. All of the adults and 18 of the children were pronounced dead at the school. Two more students died at a hospital. A single victim was injured but not killed.

State police sources identified the shooter as Adam Lanza, 20. When Lanza was found — dead in a hallway of a self-inflicted gunshot wound — he was carrying his brother Ryan Lanza’s identification, which initially led to confusion about his identity, police said…

Adam Lanza was dressed in black fatigues and brought two weapons into the school, police sources said: a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols. A .223-caliber rifle was found in his car in the school parking lot, sources said…

Police have not confirmed the identities of the other victims, but they are believed to include a school psychologist and at least one teacher. Sandy Hook has more than 600 students from kindergarten through fourth grade…

Later in the day, authorities set up a makeshift morgue in the school and took photographs of the young victims to show to parents to make a positive identification…

Alexis Wasik, 8, a third-grader at the school, said police checked everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse. “We had to walk with a partner,” she said.

One child leaving the school said there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until they reached the firehouse…

The first police on the scene instantly recognized the gravity of the crime and “asked for every resource we could get,” Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko said. On- and off-duty state troopers raced to Newtown, including tactical units, K9 units and the bomb squad. The state police helicopter was put in the air, and before long agents with the FBI and ATF were headed to Newtown as well. No officer fired a weapon at the school, police said…

As the school was cleared, heavily armed police swept the building at least four times looking for victims, evidence and the possibility of additional shooters. Lanza is believed to have acted alone, and the killings were limited to two rooms in one section of the school…

“Kind Of Strange”

Adam Lanza was a 2010 graduate of Newtown High School. Andrew Lapple, who sat next to Lanza in homeroom, described him as a skinny, reserved kid “who never really talked at all.”

Lapple said he played Little League baseball with Lanza and remembers he wasn’t very good. Instead, Lanza was more of a “tech-geek,” he said.

“He was always carrying around his laptop holding onto it real tight,” Lapple said. “He walked down the halls against the wall almost like he was afraid of people. He was definitely kind of strange but you’d never think he’d do something like this.”

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks) MANDATORY CREDIT: NEWTOWN BEE, SHANNON HICKS Photo: AP / SL

FIRST UPDATES

  • Father of alleged Sandy Hook Elem. School shooter lives in Stamford, declines to comment @connpost
  • Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman Adam Lanza, was found dead in her Connecticut home. The 20-year-old man, shot her in the face, authorities told ABC News.
  • Weapons used in Connecticut school shooting legally purchased, registered to shooting suspect’s mother, source says – @NBC News
  • Neighbors described Adam Lanza  to ABC as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with mental illness
  • Adam Lanza listed as having made honor roll in 9th Grade back in 2007, according to local report
  • John Miller reported Nancy divorced a long time ago and Adam lived with her and Ryan lived with the dad in NJ
  • Ryan Lanza tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality disorder.” ABC News
  • Adam Lanza shooter per updated reports
  • Obama: Most of the school victims were between ages 5 and 10
  • Suspected shooter armed with four weapons, wearing bullet proof vest – WABC
  • Law enforcement officials say SIG, Glock pistols were found in CT school, Bushmaster rifle was found in suspect’s vehicle
    Shooting suspect’s mother was teacher at school – WCBS
  • Woman’s Body (shot in face) found in search of home linked to gunman
  • WCBS-TV reports that shooter’s mother was teacher at school, many of the victims apparently her students @CBSNewYork
  • AP: official says Ryan Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
  • AP saying shooter killed himself

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Police Official: 27 Dead, ‘It is Not a Simplistic Scene’

Newtown Patch

A town once voted the safest place to live in America experiences horrific violence in one of its elementary schools.

“This is an active ongoing investigation” Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said at an afternoon press conference Friday, updating the assembled media about the state of the investigation into the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Vance confirmed the death toll: 20 children, 6 adults, including the shooter, and one adult victim at a “secondary scene” in Connecticut.

But in response to multiple questions from press, Vance said at one point: “There are a lot of things we cannot confirm.”

He did offer the beginning of a basic timeline, saying the first call came in at around 9:30 a.m.

“Officers immediately entered the school to search for students, faculty and staff and remove them,” he said. “They did search every nook and cranny…Those who were rescued were taken to a staging area.”

“It is not a simplistic scene,” Vance said. “We will be here through the night and through the weekend. We are not putting a time stamp on this process.”

Vance confirmed a secondary crime scene in Connecticut, apparently referring to the investigation in Sandy Hook.

The man identified in media reports Friday as the shooter has told friends that he thinks his developmentally disabled brother may have committed the crime, Patch has learned.

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A close friend of Ryan Lanza who would not be identified told Patch that he spoke to Lanza as Lanza made his way home from work to Hoboken. Lanza also took to his Facebook page to rail against CNN naming him as the suspect in the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“I’m on the bus home now, it wasn’t me,” Lanza wrote.

Lanza’s mother, Nancy, a school teacher, is believed to be among the dead.

Patch was among the media outlets to highlight and link to reports naming Ryan Lanza as the alleged shooter. Police haven’t yet officially confirmed the identity of the gunman.

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Police Raid Sandy Hook Home Hours After Shooting

Police haven’t yet disclosed what they are looking for on Yogananda Street.

Newtown Patch By Paul Singley and Davis Dunavin

Police have raided a home in the Sandy Hook part of Newtown, a show of investigative force that comes just hours after a gunman shot students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary today, killing as many as 27.

There were at least 15 police cars at 36 Yogananda St. as of 2:13 p.m. There are multiple armed police officers there, including one with a rifle at his side.

The 3,000-square-foot home is owned by Nancy and Peter Lanza and was built in 1998, according to property records.

“When I moved here it was beautiful. Still is beautiful,” said neighbor Jim McDade. “When we came up here we found out what quiet was…My wife’s at work and wants to come home. She can’t concentrate well. …

You hear things like Columbine and all the other tragedies that take place, and say my God… If there’s a distance it kind of buffers it a little bit. But then when it hits close to home it’s unbelievable.”

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27 victims dead after Newtown school shooting

NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) –

Connecticut State Police are confirming that 28 people including 18 children and the gunman as well as another adult at a secondary scene are dead after a shooting inside a school in Newtown Friday morning.

State police said this is one of the worst shootings emergency officials have seen in a long time.

“It’s a tragic, tragic scene,” said state police Lt. Paul Vance about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

State police said the gunman was found dead inside the school, but it was unknown how the gunman, who emergency service officials have not identified, died.

State police said another adult victim was found at a secondary scene.

Eyewitness News is on scene of a home in Newtown on Yoganada Street, where gunman’s mother is believed to live. At least one and possibly two bodies have been found inside the home, according to sources.

According to CBS News, the gunman got into an argument with people at the front office, possibly the principal, at about 9:30 a.m. People have to be buzzed in before entering the school and there is a camera to view whoever is entering the building.

State police said they are executing warrants on the possible suspect in and out of state.

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A law enforcement source told CBS News two pistols, a Sig and a Glock, were found in the school and a Bushmaster rifle was found in the car. According to CBS News, a preliminary trace shows that the guns belonged to Lanza.

Connecticut State Police is assisting the Newtown police along with other agencies with the shooting investigation. Multiple police, ambulance and emergency crews from the surrounding area remain at the scene.

During a press conference at Treadwell Park Friday afternoon, state police Lt. Paul Vance said the scene is secure.

“The public is no longer in danger,” he said.

Upon arrival, state police immediately entered the building and performed a search of the building. Children inside the school were evacuated to the nearby Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department and reunited with some of their parents at this staging area.

Vance said the shooting into place in “one section” of building and occurred in two classrooms.

Sources told Eyewitness News that someone may have tripped the loud speaker system as possible a way of warning everyone in the school.

A fourth grader told Eyewitness News that a scream was heard over the intercom this morning and then shut off.

Sources are also reporting that the gunman went classroom to classroom shooting adults and children. There were reports that piles of bodies were seen inside the school.

Connecticut has called surrounding states for more medical examiners because they do not have enough to conduct autopsies.

Vance said the most challenging part will be identifying all the bodies, however some preliminary identifications have been made.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has been in communication with President Barack Obama and the head of FBI, is at the scene in Newtown and will continue to update the public.

“You can never be prepared for this type of tragedy,” Malloy said.

He added that the shooting will leave a mark on the community and every family in Connecticut.

“Earlier today, beautiful children had their lives taken away from them,” Malloy said.

Just before 12:30 p.m., Malloy had finished a conference call with federal officials about what assistance could be needed

“We have endured too many tragedies in recent years,” said President Obama, who was visibly emotional during the speech and even wiped tears from his eyes.

He said the majority of those who died Friday were children between 5 to 10 years old.

President Obama said on days such as Friday, he acts as a parent and not a president and feels overwhelming grief for all those affected.

“Our hearts are broken today,” he said.

President Obama said more preventive measures need to be taken in the future.

“And may God bless the memories of the victims,” he said.

Malloy along with state police have met with the families of the victims and their main goal is to get them as much information as possible.

Eyewitness News reporters on the scene observed a man in camouflage gear being taken away from the staging area. He screamed to people in the area that he was not involved in the shooting.

The superintendent’s office said all the schools were placed in lock down schools as a preventive measure to ensure safety of the students and staff. All schools except for Sandy Hook Elementary School are no longer on lock down.

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