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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A Nanny Moose's picture

When you have seconds to live, the police are just minutes away.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Everyone points to guns at causing American violence but they never compare it to Switzerland, where everyone is trained and most are armed.

Lore's picture

I think theMAXILOPEZpsycho was being tongue-in-cheek.

Never mind the choice of weapons. Focus on the background of the shooter/s. 

GMadScientist's picture

Guns just point to the American lack of ingenuity with respect to the perpetration of said violence.

Go look up the article on the Swiss dude with the multiple kidnapped "children", while you're at it.

Mad Max's picture

Oh, but Switzerland:

Doesn't have an empire.

Doesn't imprison the largest percentage of its population in the world.

And I suspect, doesn't have nearly as many people on psychoactive drugs as the US.

no cnbc cretin's picture

Right on! There's a lot of screwed up people in this country.

yellowsub's picture

No guns, no resistance...  Simple as that.

mumcard's picture

Switzerland also has a stable culture, which they protect through immigration law.  Most of them look the same and share similar beliefs. 

SAT 800's picture

Correction; where every male citizen is armed; with a military caliber rifle and ammunition. Yes, it;s more comforting to blame an in-animate object instead of our terminally sick culture.

ajax's picture


I live in Switzerland. Not everyone is trained and not most are armed. Get a grip. That is an even more enduring myth than why the Nazis didn't invade Helvetia.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



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

"We order you to stop shooting, drop the weapons, hands up" (shouted thru a bullhorn from a safe distance).

Yes, I'm surre that would work better.

And lots of photo ops for macho swat teams ...always there too late.

Every adult in America should be required to be armed in public. 

It's the only thing that would prevent something like this.

SAT 800's picture

My step-father used to say that when men carried guns on their hips; there were less assholes around. My personal favorite is the single working woman who was robbed twice of her purse as she returned to her house at the end of her night shift; she rcognized her attacker as a local spear chucker; the "police could do nothing". the third time when he grabbed the purse, she held on to the .44Cal. Bulldog revolver and after he removed the purse from it; she shot him twice in the the middle of the chest. One less problem for the justice system. More common than you might think.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The cops bring guns to these scenes, because the problem is a nut job using a gun in gun free zone.

Thank your namby pamby gun fearing wussies, the statists control freaks, and more pertinently, the politicians they support,

klockwerks's picture

I say this with the "highest" authority, he will!

Sam Clemons's picture

What if there is no hell?  Does that mean men should provide justice here on earth?  Men do these things.  The devil doesn't.

Everybodys All American's picture

Do yourself a favor and look up near death experiences. Pretty compelling evidence of heaven and hell from people who came back to life from both places.

Sam Clemons's picture

What organizations are pushing their stories?

mumcard's picture

Why take chances?  I say we punish the assholes here on earth, just in case.

Texas Ginslinger's picture

Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000

Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000

Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79

This study doesn't even touch video game violence....

williambanzai7's picture

George Gerbner made a life of "scientifically studying" the effects of media violence.

His observations are very interesting. Basically, he said watching television and movie violence might or might not influence adolescents, but so would a plethora of other factors.

The main effect of media violence and the stress caused by worrying about random gun attacks is a compliant populace willing to trade its freedoms to the government in exchange for a false sense of security.

In other words, the government has an indirect motivation for allowing weapons proliferation and violence in media: fear. This does not mean the government is encouraging mass murder of its own population, but there is a symbiotic relationship between control and fear.

Having said the above, I live in a place where guns are not allowed. The only rare gun stories you read about in the news seem to involve crazy cops and gangsters. But those instances are rare. It is impractical to think the US could ever achieve this level of gun control when the AG of the US is implicated in weapons proliferation.

Shizzmoney's picture

It is impractical to think the US could ever achieve this level of gun control when the AG of the US is implicated in weapons proliferation.


Nevermind the fact we can't even put fucking bankers in jail for working with those cartels the AG armed.

If TPTB, and even uber liberals, were REALLY serious about gun control - offer a large sums of moeny for people to turn their guns in to the State, in exchange for a personal debt jubilee (or a hefty reward).

That won't happen, because TPTB need guns to exist to protect the scam.

blunderdog's picture

There's more to it than that, too.  HUGE country with very porous borders, a very active and large military, relatively low population-density, etc.

You'd have a bitch of a time "rounding up" all of ANYTHING in this place.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Clockwork Orange is pretty informative here.  

keesooi's picture

Number of female nipples seen on said TV:  (Almost) One.

I speak of course of the infamous wardrobe malfunction, way back when, Superbowl XXXVIII, which traumatized so many children.



willwork4food's picture

I largely doubt any young children would care and would probably laugh. It would be their idiot parents that would raise holy hell that would be traumatized, fucking their kids up in the process.

10mm's picture

Fat people will simply eat with hands,like a Mongolian.

caconhma's picture

This violence is a by-product of American culture. This culture promotes violence, brutality, dishonesty, fraud, and perversion of all decent human values. This violent & perverted culture is a product of Hollywood, mass media, and the American educational system well financed, supported, and directed the World Banking Mafia.

Very sad, sad times!


TBT or not TBT's picture

Nonsense.    Today's American culture now tolerates these nut jobs, looks the other way while they fester and plot, giving off all the signs of what they're about.     Such sociopaths existed in the path, but underwent severe correction early on in their errances.    We don't police the people around us today, we let it go.

ForTheWorld's picture

There's no reason it can't be both. Tolerating them because society breeds them, and we all become desensitised.

blunderdog's picture

That same culture is what made us the global hyperpower, though.

We really do get a lot DONE because so many Americans only concern themselves with what they believe they can get away with.  It really is one of the secrets of our "success" by whatever measure.  It comes with drawbacks.

SAT 800's picture

The Fed. Ex. pilot who decided he was getting what he was entitled to decided to use a hammer to murder the flight deck crew of his plane and then crash the plane itself into Fed Ex. headquarters. Hammers are approximately as lethal as pistols; (which are not nearly as effective as people believe), and it was a long and terrible and bloody battle before the semi-conscious and desperately wounded senior pilot and engineer managed to subdue him and land the plane safely. He was a very clever fellow and decided he didn't want the sound of the pistol on the cockpit recorder; actually, the flight engineer noticed he had turned off the recorder and turned it back on again. Another spear chucker who was in line to get demoted; he was so smart he actually thought his life insurance company would pay off on an accidental death claim. fortunately, at least that one wasn;t elected president.

blunderdog's picture

    Hammers are approximately as lethal as pistols; (which are not nearly as effective as people believe), and it was a long and terrible and bloody battle before the semi-conscious and desperately wounded senior pilot and engineer managed to subdue him and land the plane safely.

WOW!  If that doesn't set off your bullshit-detector, you'd best get it checked.

Do you have any idea how stupid that sentence sounds?

Toxicosis's picture

Uh, fat people can use hands and other utensils.  And before idiots all spout off about the constitution, just remember one thing.  A gun was invented for the sole purpose of shooting, maiming, or killing either an object animal or human being.  Knives, forks and spoons were invented for utilatarian purposes such as eating and cutting meats, etc.  The original and sole purpose of the weapon known as the gun was to facilitate killing through threat or force of threat. 

On the other hand none of this would have happened if we also allowed all those kids to "carry".  I mean shit why not start them out early, cause they'll only get respect when they carry a gun.  Too bad they can't earn it some other way.  Allright you Jesus freaks and gun-toting NRA members, junk away, as I will hold with my cold dead hands ever so tightly to those who rate me up not down.


Raymond K Hessel's picture

The right to bear arms is to defend yourself against government oppression. Not turkeys, not indians, not burglars.

The fact some fuckstick used a gun to kill innocent children should be about the fuckstick, not the gun. 

Alasdair's picture

Good luck defending yourself from the government with your guns.  You know the US military has guns, too, right?  And probably more firepower than you've been able to accumulate.  Even local police are being militarized these days.

Not saying that the answer is to simply acquiesce.  Just saying you're not getting yourself into a fair fight.

Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

There is no such thing as a fair fight. The Revolutionaries were usually outgunned and always faced off against a superior foe. It would be foolish to think that civilians would go head to head against the military. It is not the firepower that matters as much as the tactics used in facing an enemy. The revolutionaries found that facing off against the British army was almost always a losing proposition. Thus they employed guerrilla tactics. It was not until Von Steuben trained Washington's men that they could go toe to toe with the British with any success. When your opposition has superiority in one area then you use that against them. Employing guerrilla tactics is an example of this.'s picture

You're so right. The government should ban guns just like they ban drugs. When guns are as scarce as crystal meth and in the hands of only the criminal minority we will finally be safe. Let's get busy and make it happen!

unrulian's picture

i'm speechless...i have to're fucking crazy


I agree man... first ammendment taken away long ago.  We are all speechless. ;-)

alangreedspank's picture

I'll take the occasional, sad mall shooting over 200 million deaths by democide in the last century, thank you very much.

Chuck Norris's picture

I'm staring at your .GIF

Just realized that makes me gay.  



alangreedspank's picture

Can't, you're the fucking Norris.

Texas Ginslinger's picture

If he was really Chuck Norris, your avatar would be gone by now...