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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Colonial Intent's picture

Are you Lin Biao's bastard son?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Still have not digested the neighbor's dog that I wokked last night. But the brown mud monkey awaiting in my bowels will make a good roadside likeness of Mao.

Signed: AnAnonymous

Josey Montana's picture

So there in UK how many negroes and mexicans do you have?

billwilson's picture

You really are ignaroant aren't you?

Tons of blacks, lots from the Carribean, lots of indians, pakistanis,.... you name it. It is just that folks don't go around shooting each other like they are in some Hollywood movie.

Josey Montana's picture

I spend as much time in UK as anywhere else.  You have no fucking idea what its like to live in Newark NJ, Philadlephia, PA or Baltimore MD let alone deepest darkest congo-on-hudson.

If you did, you wouldn't be so bloody stupid as to claim equivalency between aboriginal America and a bunch of chavs jaywalking in London.

I reiterate:  you don't know the first thing about US crime or US criminals.  Let me give you a hint:  more people died of murder in Chicago this year than at this school.  No one gives a damn in the media.  Ask yourself WHY.

AnAnonymous's picture

Newark NJ, Philadlephia, PA or Baltimore MD let alone deepest darkest congo-on-hudson.


Amen to that.

Signed: an American

Intoxicologist's picture

Amen, I shat.

Signed: OnMyRoad-ymous

blunderdog's picture

    more people died of murder in Chicago this year than at this school.  No one gives a damn in the media.  Ask yourself WHY.

Because most of them were Black, this is a racist country, and most of them were criminals who killed each other.

What's your point, exactly?

Vooter's picture

You many "negroes and mexicans" do you think are living in Newtown, CT? LOL...

AnAnonymous's picture

There is one mud skin too many in the oval office. He let our kids get killed to satisfy his appetite for revenge.

One negro too many in every place in the US.

Signed: an American.

akak's picture

There is one roadside stool too many in the Middle Kingdom.

He let our sanity get killed to satisfy his appetite for bigotry.

One Chinese hypocritizen too many in every forum in the US.

Signed: an American.

AnAnonymous's picture

At least, the signature is factual.

But wait, was it not supposed that 'americans' do not exist?

Fantasy has its own demands...

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous said:

Fantasy has its own demands...

You're the expert, since you're the king of the fantasy world you inhabit.

jomama's picture

you killed whatever cred you had on this thread with this post.

Josey Montana's picture

Hey knee jerker:  were you reading the thread?  He compared no-gun, no-crime UK to lotsa guns, lotsa crime USA.

Go jump in a lake, take your ignorant jerking knee with you.

Cathartes Aura's picture


So there in UK how many negroes and mexicans do you have?

do fuck off with your ignorance - how many mass school shootings have "negroes and mexicans" as perpetrators?

even globally.

Unstable Condition's picture

Gun crimes went up by 89% in the U.K. last decade, I thought they were illegal?

If people want them, they will get them.,

Rogue Trooper's picture

UK? the ultimate limp, hand-wringing, NU-Labour, CONservative, pussies.

Yeh, the UK 'police' won't even venture into that shithole the Moss Side in Manchester unless they are all tooled up... better than the SAS (including an armored car BTW).

Bill, ponder the loss of YOUR right to protect yourself and your family as you watch then get gang raped by a bunch of Jamaicans or Nazi skin-heads while they point an AK at your head.  The Uk Crims have got plenty of nice 'Kit', dirt cheap from the 'former' Eastern Block - wanna AK? how many do ya wont (Boris) - So call 911 and leave a message.

You and your lot gave up your right to exist a long time ago.  At least your demise will be recorded on one of the many Camera put in place "To protect you".

The consequences will be a real bitch.

/Tony Blair

spellbound's picture

@ theMAXILOPEZpsycho   Happy trolling!

Gov't op to justify weapons ban?!?!?!

Central Bankster's picture

Lanza has 125 Facebook  friends.  how long until zero? 

youngman's picture

Actually with this sick screwed up society...he will probably gain some friends

Intoxicologist's picture

I wondered how long it would take before the Facebook page would be produced. 

Yet another reason to steer clear of that abomination.

Let the unfriending begin...

MelvilleSaysNo's picture

This is a horrifying event and I feel bad for the family of all those killed, except the gunman.

That being said, I'm concerned that this is a 'false flag' event that will be used to ban guns in the USA, a similar situation that occured in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre.

After finding out that 911 was an inside job, I am very skeptical of taking media-reported events like these at face value.  With the Communist Obama in office and the media relentlessly on his side, I fear that the gun rights guaranteed to us under the 2nd amendment are in danger.

Is it a coincidence that Senator Fienstein just recently started talking more about banning assault weapons?  This event will only embolden her.

Arthur Borges's picture

Just the other day, we had an attack on an elementary school here in Henan Province, China where I live. There were 22 victims but the assailant just had a knife and it seems all the kids will survive. Yep, he's in custody and he's good for more than a dime.

Firearms are hard to come by here and the only weapons avaiable to police officers are training, experience, a uniform and cellphone with an app to the crime information database.

The American right to bear arms became outdated the day Indians were no longer worth shooting.

Quantitative_Appeasing's picture

Why don't you tell that to the people of Tibet, right before you shoot them in the back of the head for wanting their country back.....





Zap Powerz's picture

My right to defend myself does not interfer with your desire to not defend yourself.  Does your desire to not defend yourself mean I have no right to defend myself?

JR's picture

The country that has guns in the hands of the citizens is free; the country that has guns in the hands of the rulers (the Peoples Liberation Army) is not free. You made your case.

There are two primary reasons why there is an increase in sales of firearms in the US.

The first reason, there have been recent events of groups of people killed with a firearm such as the Aurora Colorado episode. 

As a result there were widespread campaigns and urgings by the “gun grabbers” for much stricter gun laws - from columnists to talk show hosts to major media.  The emphasis was placed on the claim that too many guns in society means innocent people are being killed. As a result, a sizable percentage of the public realized that restrictions on guns would be a restriction on their freedom and their self defense against criminals.

The second reason is that never before has the government begun arming its civilian employees by well into the tens of thousands from the forest service to EPA to Labor Department to health officials to Federal Reserve employees... In addition to this incredible armed advance,  the Federal government has worked more closely than ever with state police and local police forces to give them much more fire power and technology to deal allegedly with criminals but, also, with surveillance of private citizens.

In addition to this, the military has begun greater and greater involvement in domestic areas to the extent that they are having air and ground exercises in urban areas and SWAT teams are being trained to deal with potential civilian uprisings.

In short, and for this reason, citizens are arming themselves, not for deer hunting or target practice, but to defend  themselves from the government.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

just another toxic derivative.

shovelhead's picture

I don't have a PhD in Sociology but the root problem here wouldn't surprise me in the least to be narcissism.

These mentally deficient pieces of shit would never quietly off themselves in a cheap hotel room. They have to satisfy their massively overblown egos and get their 15 minutes of fame that somehow they feel they deserve and were denied. All part of the entitlement programming they grew up with and ironically learned in their school.

They feel the need to 'make somebody pay' for their fucked up life so they prey on the most vulnerable and least defendable segment of society ...Kids.

My sincere sympathies to the loved ones of the victims of this heinous act.

My anger at this subhuman piece of shit is indescribable right now.


AnAnonymous's picture

My anger at this subhuman piece of shit is indescribable right now.

Amen to that. It takes sub humans to do that. We Americans thought we elevated humanity above that shit. We were wrong.

Hedge accordingly.

Signed: an American.

forexskin's picture

its all clear now.

you're a sarchastic troll looking to turn your stated citizenism into an absurdity with reductio ad absurdum rhetoric.

trav777's picture

Kartrashian's famous.  Worldstarhiphop baby.

Everyone acts the fool and gets attention.  Fame isn't famous anymore...infamy is.

SgtShaftoe's picture

This stinks of something...BAD.  What kind of psychopath would specifically and deliberately target kids?  That's the most inhuman thing a person could ever do.  It is also the most impactful thing anyone could think of to attempt to sway government and public opinion to disarm the masses.  It seems awfully convenient given the current state of the USA that this would happen to help the cause of the corporatist criminals.  I have no idea what the fuck just happened, but it smells very evil to me.  Could it have been just a lone crazy person? possibly, but my spidey senses are tingling on overdrive... 

catacl1sm's picture

He probably started with kittens, puppies, and bunnies.

Bawneee Fwank's picture

Look at the guy...Some douche liberal indoctrinated kid who no doubt is full of psychotropic drugs.  Probably been on them since he was a child, looks as though his mommy was a teacher at this school, so the spoiled shit killed all these kids along with his mom...sad, just fucking sad. Stop force feeding these kids drugs you sick MF'ers!

Spastica Rex's picture

What tipped you off on the "liberal" part? Was it the glasses?

earnyermoney's picture

Are there any convervatives in the NE?

Vooter's picture

You clearly haven't spent much time in the Northeast...

object_orient's picture

It's a simple exercise in logic. Liberals = bad. School shooter = bad. School shooter = liberal.

Seasmoke's picture

Wow shooting elementary school children. That is really raising the temperature quickly. It is going to blow up very soon.

serog's picture

Funny thing with facebook, you can look at everyone that is "friends" with this guy.  So of them do not have privacy set up on their accounts.  One friend is claiming that the shooter was not this Lanza guy.  If that's true, sucks to be Lanza.

Mi Naem's picture

Lanza - another Richard Jewell?

ToddGak's picture

Well if it wasn't him, he can clear up any confusion by updating his status.

Zen Bernanke's picture

 Tragic no doubt, but guns don't kill people.  people kill people.     So, for the sake of the rest of us, will all you self-riteous reactionaries already calling out to ban all guns:  Shut the fuck up!  

Mi Naem's picture

People don't misspell. Pencils do!

JR's picture

Right oh. Gun control argument in a nut shell (no pun intended). :-)

FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE (email circular letter):1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject. 2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone. 3. Colt: The original point and click interface. 4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control. 5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords? 6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words. 7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms. 8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any. 9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither. 10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved. 11. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand? 12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others. 13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday. 14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians. 15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety. 16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive. 17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer. 18. Assault is a behavior, not a device. 19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer. 20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson. 21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them. 22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for. 23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more. 24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves. 25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

AnAnonymous's picture

25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

The world could have escaped 'Americanism'. The best thing to ever happen to Humanity.

This disqualifies for sure gun control.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The Chinese Citizenism Communautist Revolution would never have happened with dung control.

The world could have escaped Chinese citizenism 'AnAnonymosity'. The worst thing to ever happen to roadsides.

This disqualifies for sure flush toiletry dung control.

Josey Montana's picture

This is what happens in the Slaughter Zones that the teachers' unions and demoncrat party imposed on decent US people.

Unarmed children and their useless teachers who were armed only with platitudes.

Ironically, it was a teacher that went lunatic insane and murdered them all.

Yet somehow the NRA and my Liberty is to blame? 


Spastica Rex's picture

When they come to "take your guns away," it will be with drones and armored vehicles. Just sayin'.

Seriously - you want to arm 8 year olds?