Newtown, CT Elementary School Shooting Tally Rises To 27 Dead, Of Whom 20 Children - Live Video

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Update 4: the NYT has released a brief biopic on Lanza's, who it turns out had Asperger's Syndrome:

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.


He did all he could to avoid attention, it seemed.


Until Friday.


The authorities said Mr. Lanza, 20, wearing combat gear, carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s history. He killed 20 children and six adults at the elementary school where his mother worked, they said. He then apparently turned his gun on himself. The police said he also earlier killed his mother.


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.


Matt Baier, now a junior at the University of Connecticut, and other high school classmates recalled how deeply uncomfortable Mr. Lanza was in social situations.


Several said in separate interviews that it was their understanding that he had a developmental disorder. They said they had been told that the disorder was Asperger syndrome, which is considered to be a high functioning form of autism.


“It’s not like people picked on him for it,” Mr. Baier said. “From what I saw, people just let him be and that was that.”


One former classmate who said he was familiar with the disorder described Mr. Lanza as having “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.


Law enforcement officials said Friday that they were closely examining whether Mr. Lanza had such a disorder.

More here. Indeed, there is a statistical predisposition, at least anecdotally, for those with Asperger's toward both murder and violence.  In other words, watch as the debate rages over the traditional bogeyman of gun control, in a country with over three hundred million weapons, when we may well simply be talking about a mentally ill young adult.

As for the misidentified Ryan, who for a few brief hours was presented by law enforcement as the suspected shoorter, we learn from the WSJ:

Israel raids Palestinian NGO officesKatie Colaneri, a 24-year-old resident of Hoboken, N.J., described herself as a friend of Ryan, the suspect’s brother who for hours Friday was incorrectly identified as the alleged gunman. “He [is] a little shy, but very nice and sweet,” said Ms. Colaneri, who has known Ryan for over a year.


She said Ryan is a gentle guy who was  devoted to his job at the Ernst & Young accounting firm. A representative for Ernst & Young would not comment on his employment status.


A law-enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press that Ryan has been “extremely co-operative” and is not under arrest, although he was still being question late Friday.


The official said Ryan’s computers and phone records were being searched but only “in an abundance of caution.” Ryan told authorities he had not been in touch with his brother Adam in recent years, and the official said he isn’t believed to have any connection to the school killings.


In Hoboken, Ryan lives in a newer building that was hard-hit by superstorm Sandy, Ms. Colaneri said. He lost power for a number of days following the storm.


The last time she saw him, about a month ago, Ms. Colaneri recalled that Ryan ran up to her and gave her a hug.  ”I’m really shocked,” she said. “As the details unfolded, I was totally devastated.”

Update 3: ABC has released a picture of the real shooter, Adam Lanza, taken in 2005 when he was ~13 years old.

Update 2 : NY Post now refuting CNN's initial report, and stating that the shooter's real name is Adam Lanza, not Ryan Lanza, who is instead brother of the latter. At this point there appears to be a ridiculous amount of confusion who did what, so it perhaps would be prudent on behalf of the authorities to double check this information before releasing it to the media. And just out from AP:

The AP confirms this further here:

The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.


Adam Lanza's older brother, Ryan, 24, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police, said the first official. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.


Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.


The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


According to the second official, the suspect drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother's car. Three guns were found at the scene — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols — and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.


The official also said Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.


Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had Ryan Lanza's identification.


Ryan Lanza has a Facebook page that posted updates Friday afternoon that read that "it wasn't me" and "I was at work."

Update: According to CNN the shooter's name is Ryan Lanza, out of New Jersey. Based on a White Pages reverse lookup there is an 18-24 year old Ryan Lanza living in Hoboken, NJ whose FaceBook profile lists Newtown, CT as his home city. Whether it is the same person remains to be confirmed officially.


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Sadly, increasingly it appears that not a day, and certainly not a week can pass, in the US without news of some mass killing somewhere. Several days ago its was a mall in Oregon, and today it is a shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Here is what is known: the shooter, who CBS reports is a 20 year old from New Jersey, is reported to be dead. A second shooting suspect, a 24 year old man with a bulletproof vest and 4 guns has been apprehended in custody (this has subsequently been not confirmed). According to CBS 27 people are dead, of whom 18, Connecticut Post 27 people are dead, of whom 20 tragically, children. Among the dead are the principal and the school psychologist. The AP has already dubbed it "the worst school tragedy in American history."

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Live streaming updates on everything Newtown related can be found on the Reuters website here.

More from Reuters:

 At least 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials.


If confirmed, it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. The holiday season tragedy follows a series of shooting rampages in the United States this year that have killed multiple victims, and it was certain to revive a debate about U.S. gun laws.


The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said. Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots with some saying as many as 100 were fired.


The suspected shooter, 24, was armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, WABC reported.


There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter.


Another person was being held in police custody after he was detained in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants, CBS reported.


Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from kindergarten through fourth grade - roughly ages 5 to 10.


"It was horrendous," said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade. "Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied."


Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school. Parents were seen reuniting with their children and taking them home.


"This is going to be bad," a state official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because the scope of the tragedy remained uncertain.


President Barack Obama was notified and would receive regular updates throughout the day, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.


"We're still waiting for more information about the incident in Connecticut," Carney said when asked about the president's reaction to it.


Carney called the event "tragic" and said there would be time later for a discussion of policy implications.


Obama remains committed to trying to renew a ban on assault weapons, Carney said.


All Newtown schools were placed in lockdown after the shooting, the Newtown Public School District said.


Lebinski said a mother who was at the school during the shooting told her a "masked man" entered the principal's office and may have shot the principal. Lebinski, who is friends with the mother who was at the school, said the principal was "severely injured."


Lebinski's daughter's teacher "immediately locked the door to the classroom and put all the kids in the corner of the room."


Danbury Hospital, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the school, had received three patients from the scene, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. The mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, told MSNBC: "They are very serious injuries."

An early report from CBS:

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left several children and the gunman dead, law enforcement sources tell CBS News. At least one teacher was wounded in the shooting that sent frightened pupils into the parking lot.


It is unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school.


Law enforcement sources told CBS News senior correspondent John 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.


It wasn't clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV reports around 600 students attend the school.


Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance described the situation to CBS New York station WCBS-AM as a "very serious school shooting."


A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.


Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.


"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.


Lisa Bailey, a Newtown resident with three children in Newtown schools, told, "Newtown is a quiet town. I'd never expect this to happen here. It's so scary. Your kids are not safe anywhere."


The superintendent's office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.


State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m.

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Let them all fail's picture

That mall in Oregon was "my mall" - I say that despite hating being at the mall but that is beside the point. Having it close to you makes it a lot more disturbing...can get numb seeing this shit happen all the time from a far.

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

What kind of fuck shoots babies?

What the fuck is fucking wrong with people?!?!?!?

Looney's picture

Why schools or movie theaters? Just go see your local bankster… What a waste!


Let them all fail's picture

What is the idea exactly...?

Earl of Chiswick's picture

what kind of fuck shoots babies?

good question also applies to the Drone Masters

178 children killed in drone strikes in Pakistan since start of campaign

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I've simply had enough - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Only governments are in a moral position to own something as potentially dangerous as a gun. Libertarians and free marketers are getting a good look at their so called "freedoms" today - they are only concerned about the freedom "too" - I say what about freedoms "from."

The government needs to step in right now and make all ownership of guns punishable by a lengthy prison sentence. Only then will the violence cease...

Lendo's picture

We also ban forks so fat people can have a chance of beating obesity.

Troll Magnet's picture

As a parent, this is some really sad fucking shit.  I hope the shooter rots in hell.  

Killtruck's picture

Very sad indeed.

Ironic that when someone has a gun and is hurting people, the cops are called to bring...guns.

john39's picture

but, just another incident that illustrates reality, when you are faced with sudden unexpected danger... the system will not be there to defend you (or in this case, the kids). 

francis_sawyer's picture

Linking the shooter to Iran is coming in 5...4...3...2...

Randall Cabot's picture

zionist Alex Jones keeps repeating that in israel everyone has a gun in the schools and there are no mass shootings there but he will never say that israel is an ethnically homogeneous state where the jews are segregated from the other groups.

And zionist Alex Jones will never say that it was jew supremacists who turned America into the multicultural basket case that it is now and that keeps producing all these alienated, rootless lunatics!

jtg's picture

It's like clockwork, you can depend on the Jew haters to come out of the woodwork on ZeroHedge. They'll spin Jew hatred into any discussion on anything. One sick puppies.

Randall Cabot's picture

I'm just stating the facts. If you don't want to admit that jew supremacists turned America into a basket case, then that's you're problem.

gmrpeabody's picture

You are the type that shouldn't own a gun....

Dalago's picture

This guy murdered his father and then murdered his mother in front of her class.

Ness.'s picture

CBS will be running episodes of CSI-Vegas; CSI-Miami and CSI-NY all weekend to bring attention to American gun violence.


CSI has been recognized as the most popular dramatic series internationally by the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, which has awarded it the "International Television Audience Award (Best Television Drama Series)" three times.[2][3] CSI's worldwide audience was estimated to be over 73.8 million viewers in 2009.[3] In 2012, CSI was named the most watched show in the world for the fifth time.[4]

CSI has been nominated multiple times for industry awards and has won nine awards during its history. The program has spawned several media projects including an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, a series of books, several video games, and two additional TV shows.

"The release of Call of Duty® has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.   "Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined.  Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars,' the two most successful movie franchises of all time."



francis_sawyer's picture

CSI = "Cops"... "Government Agencies" GOOD... Everybody else BAD... Big Brother Indoctrination on steroids...


It's the 2nd most moronic show on TV (after CNBC anything)...

Cheesy Bastard's picture

This hits Home.  I was driving through Sandy Hook this morning at about 9:40.  I saw the cops race by.  Please pray for us.

OutLookingIn's picture

Gun control does not work.

Outlaw guns?

What about knives then?

Outlaw knives?

What about axes?

Outlaw axes?

What about...

UP Forester's picture

Outlaw birth control.

Then, we can make more....

Harlequin001's picture

 because everyone should have the right to own a gun. EVERYONE.

Thank fuck I don't live there.

THX 1178's picture

Most viewed zerohedge article? Tyler?

AldousHuxley's picture




GetZeeGold's picture




You bet your ass.....and it's high time we armed our teachers to the teeth!



MachoMan's picture

Which is ridiculous considering the battlefield series is miles ahead...

Transformer's picture

There are three things that stand in the way of the NWO.

400 (+or -) million citizen owned guns in America

The internet

The gold and silver market


just sayin'


AldousHuxley's picture

when the 2nd amendment was signed, rifles took 1 minute to load for a single shot and there was no military-industrial complex.

white slave owners needed guns to kill Indians off the land.


now white kids are killing themselves with "collectible" semi-automatics.


with freedom comes responsibility. american society is irresponsible in finances as much as moral authority.


guns don't matter when governments have nuke ready drones retards. your military has plenty of arms but takes orders from afar.


I guess dumbass societies deserve shit like this.




mumcard's picture

It still takes a man to pilot the drone and that man has to sleep and he has family somewhere offbase. 

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

those research dollars at CIA for MK ultra paid off, we have a sick society .but it could not be planned, no one in .gov is that evil. reptiles have dead eyes, look at your dear leaders eyes what do you see??" They Live"

as someone who's business is poisons, there are reasons we have obese, diabetic, mass consumer, texting automotons everywhere we look.

at some point those who do not have" eyes wide shut"..have to ask what will I do about it?

ZH shows us the corrupt finances, but that is just a symptom of the bigger disease.

unrulian's picture

Aldrous...go fuck yourself

mumcard's picture

Can you refute anything he said?  I've seen the evidence to show he's telling the truth.

Randall Cabot's picture

"Let me tell you what kind of "strength" comes from our diversity. Alienation is the primary product of diversity. People who live in a homogeneous society, where the people they work with and interact with every day are similar to them -- that is, look similar, have similar values and attitudes, react in similar ways to events -- people in a homogeneous society tend to bond with the people around them. They tend to feel a sense of community. They tend to feel a sense of security from having people like them around them. They seek the approval of the people with whom they have bonded. They feel a sense of responsibility and protectiveness toward these people. With good leadership and reasonably good human stock, the community is strong.

Take away the homogeneity, and you greatly reduce the likelihood of bonding. Instead of a community you have simply a collection of individuals, and each of those individuals is thinking, at least at a subconscious level, "It's every man for himself." Without homogeneity you no longer have a common set of shared values. Antisocial behavior goes way up: schoolyard shootings and drug usage, for example. Neurotic and psychotic behavior goes way up too. Diversity is a real boon for the psychiatrists. Borderline people, who would adjust reasonably well in a homogeneous community, are much more likely to go over the edge and become neurotic or psychotic as the diversity increases.

Without homogeneity the individuals in the society have a weaker sense of identity, a weaker sense of who they are and of what they belong to. They're much less likely to find positive role models among the real people around them: among their teachers and neighbors and community leaders. They're much less likely to have constructive goals or to lead purposeful and useful lives."


MrButtoMcFarty's picture

What a big steaming bucket of Chickenshit.

Alienation isn't even a fucking THING you fucking putz.

How about poverty? modern societal peer pressures? mental illness? insanity?

All tangible things and just a few of many possibles....and you all you got is alienation??

Just because brown people scare you doesn't make diversity the source of all social fact it doesn't make diversity the source of any social ills.

Shove that in your racist pipe and suck it bitch.


AldousHuxley's picture

point fingers at diversity when this was white on white crime?



Randall Cabot's picture

"point fingers at diversity when this was white on white crime?"

Your stupidity knows no bounds. Read this a couple of hundred times and see if you can comprehend its relatively simple concept:

"Borderline people, who would adjust reasonably well in a homogeneous community, are much more likely to go over the edge and become neurotic or psychotic as the diversity increases."

GMadScientist's picture

You might want to analyze whether the drug usage and schoolyard shootings have an inverse relationship, mon.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It is understood by anyone who thinks about it long enough that the police (and particularly the military) aren't there to protect you and me. They're there to protect corporate property from you and me.

YBNguy's picture

The last three spree killings were all done by men close in age. My money is on behavior programming by evil people, like MK Ultra style stuff. Either that or the media is biased as hell in reporting gun violence to only be done by young white men, while they blackout continual urban violence in Chicago, Detroit, etc.

All a tragedy...


My money is on a society that demonizes religion and makes every effort to deny its existence in the origins of this country and replaces it with narcissictism.  Empty lives value nothing.

pan-the-ist's picture

Right... There are so many mass killings in all of those securlar european countries, and absolutely no killings in those theocratic middle eastern countries.  Reality.  Can't argue against it.

SeattleBruce's picture

pan-the-list: "There are so many mass killings in all of those securlar european countries, and absolutely no killings in those theocratic middle eastern countries.  Reality.  Can't argue against it."

You were saying about 'Reality'?  And what do 'those theocratic middle eastern countries' have to do with spiritual life in the US?

sun tzu's picture

Except for the 25 million people murdered in the very secular USSR by Stalin from 1936-1938 and the 12 million people murdered by atheist Adolf Hitler. Yep, you can't argue against reality

SAT 800's picture

"narcissictism"= typical IQ of Christian brainwash victim. Religion specifically denied any role in the "origins of this country"; and for the best of all possible reasons; the founding fathers were rationalists.

sun tzu's picture

Who mostly were Christians or Deists

kridkrid's picture

Very good evidence of this with the aurora CO shooter. Haven't looked closely at the others.