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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koncaswatch's picture

What I noticed was how intently he watches himself.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Well, at least he has purpose.

EscapingProgress's picture

Don't forget about the additional 300 million or more killed by foreign governments. Governments have proven to be extremely ineffective at protecting their "citizens". Who woulda thunk it?

I am curious, was this school a "gun free" zone?

Furthermore, the principles behind gun control are the same principles behind the justification of the drone campaign in the Middle East. None of those people being blow up by drones had anything to do with 9/11, but 9/11 is the justification for the slaughter. The only reason these human beings are being disintegrated by American bombs is because they have something in common with the alleged hijackers - they are from the Middle East. Similarly, I have had nothing to do with any school shooting, but people advocate for violence to be used upon me because I have something in common with school shooters - I own guns. Those who are consumed by these stereotypical mentalities will direct blame and inevitably violence towards the stereotyped which, when gun control is concerned, is staggeringly ironic.

edb5s's picture

Ahem...I think you mean you owned guns, right?  Before you lost them in a boating accident?

spankthebernank's picture

We'll off you first Lopez you fuck

Element's picture

Yeah, that's right, you tell 'em, gummint should drop big bombs on all the families wiff gunz.

Man get a grip. unplug

DaveyJones's picture

don't worry, they will soon

then you'll really start worrying

Chuck Norris's picture

Hilarious!  Hopefully OBAMA! won't kick you in the face (too hard) while you are licking his boots.  Because that's what's gonna happen when they take our firearms from us you dumb shit.  The USG has killed more children and innocents in the last few months alone than all the psycho's on rampages in modern history.


suteibu's picture

"BEIJING (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country."

So much for gun bans. They are only meant to keep people from attacking the government. Insanity knows no limits on what to use to kill innocent people.

HoofHearted's picture

Come on, now we ban knives too. Everyone knows that will solve all the problems. And when someone punches another person, we'll ban people having hands. It all makes perfect sense.

Toxicosis's picture

Far easier to restrain a man with a knife, than a man with a gun.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Exactly, but only the government seeks to restrain men. 

You're horrible.

jonan's picture

given the choice, i'd rather rush a man with a gun than a man with a knife...guns suck up close compared to knives...

Walter_Sobchak's picture

yeah, getting shot at point blank range is way less effective than long range.  get a grip moron

SAT 800's picture

Actually this is completely correct; especially when the "gun" in question is a semi-adequate cartridge such as a 9mm. People whose business it is to know this; do know this; and they train their personnel accordingly; but it's not common knowledge.

SAT 800's picture

Oh yeah; you wanna try and restrain me with my USMC Kabar ? You gormless git.

A Nanny Moose's picture

As if those in need of restraint would obey gun bans

AldoHux_IV's picture

Is this Mikey Bloom Bloom or Barry?

camaro68ss's picture


"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..."

Go F*** yourself......


CH1's picture

Governments and morals???

That's some sick brainwashing there.

lakecity55's picture

Damn. The 1 most hugest threat to our Liberties, all of them, are the current utterly corrupt bastards up the Potomac.

drexlraw's picture

@max...fuck you,troll..,sorry camero..

NoControl's picture

Ban all guns???

Maybe the Chinese should ban all Knives

22 children, 1 adult hurt in China school attack

Yeah that'll help


It's not the tool...  it's the hand that weilds it.

serog's picture

"punishable by a lengthy prison sentence".


Yes, outlaw guns.  Just like we outlawed drugs and murder.  How's that working out?

moregoldplease's picture

You think only guns are weapons? You actually think our government is ruled by morality? You need to practice the critical thinking techniques you learned in school. Oh, they don't teach that anymore.

ReeferMac's picture

AS the massive amount of negative votes impies, perhaps our government isn't the most 'moral' authority, to be handed such an edict? In-fact, it was that very premise, that caused our founding fathers, to create the 2nd ammendment to the Constitution, as they feared an unarmed populace would be unable to defend themselves against a government authority (e.g. those pesky rebels (ahem, Freedom Fighting Founding Father's to us Yanks), knew first-hand what a goobermint will do to it's people when they are unable to resist).

Zen Bernanke's picture

You are just another in a long line of reactionary pratts.  take a few breaths or go for a walk and settle down. 

huntergvl's picture

YOU have had enough? Well that's swell. If only a couple teachers or the principal or the gym teacher might have been armed, they could have stopped the insane MF killing the kids. So take away all the guns from responsible people and just let the maniacs get whatever weapons they have to kill people with.

Grow a set of balls you jackass.

Have you seen the exact same rampages that occur frequently in China? They don't have guns there, so the maniacs use knives and cleavers and kill kids there too.

So, maybe we should outlaw ALL knives, all machetes, all cooking cleavers?

That will make us safe?

You're an Asshole along with everyone who thinks like you. Just because you are too chicken shit to defend your country, your family and friends and guns scare you, makes you part of the problem, not a piehole that offers any kind of relevant solution.

Go here and read all the latest knife wielding psychos in china recently....

Or just read this section:

The attack marks the latest in a series of violent assaults at elementary schools in China. In 2010, a total of 18 children were killed in four separate attacks. On March 23 of that year, Zheng Minsheng attacked children at an elementary school in Fujian Province, killing eight.


One month later, just a few hours after Zheng Minsheng was executed for his crime, another man, Chen Kanbing wounded 16 students and a teacher in a knife attack at another primary school in Fujian. The following month, on May 12, a man named Wu Huangming killed seven children and two adults with a meat cleaver at a kindergarten in Shaanxi Province. That attack was followed by an August 4 assault by Fang Jiantang, who killed three children and one teacher with a knife at a kindergarten in Shandong Province.


In 2011, a young girl and three adults were killed with an axe at an elementary school in Henan Province by a 30-year-old man named Wang Hongbin, and eight children were hurt in Shanghai after an employee at a child care center attacked them with a box cutter.

Guns and knives and axes and cleavers don't kill anyone.....insane Mother Fs do.

This country makes guns. We are into armed conflict. This is reality. Get a god damned gun and become part of the solution if you're man or woman enough. Otherwise keep your chickenshit lame cowardly solutions to yourself puss.

karzai_luver's picture

While you may have a point buried in there somewhere, you are delusional if you think armed teachers will stop this type of action!


I will leave it to yoru superior intellect to puzzle on the bullshit you posted!


MAD out!'s picture

Why do you believe that it would have been counter productive for any of the half dozen adults who died to have had the ability to defend themselves? Even an untrained chickenshit can point and click when all other options are gone.

BruceBanger's picture

That's because they don't allow teachers into the public indoctrination system (the vast majority of public schools) unless they already have the right groupthink thoughts, including a hefty load of sissy sensibilities and a willingness to compromise their principles to bow to Federal bureaucratic boards and their PC curricula.  I'd wager most elementary school "teachers" wouldn't carry guns anyway even if it were allowed, as they're not a very self reliant crowd anyway.  The damage they do to students by instilling them with learned helplessness and an aspiration to fail far exceeds their inability to protect them in a crisis.

Toxicosis's picture

"This country makes guns. We are into armed conflict. This is reality. Get a god damned gun and become part of the solution if you're man or woman enough. Otherwise keep your chickenshit lame cowardly solutions to yourself puss."

That's right we Amerikans are christian war mongers.  We're into violence, war, and brutal unrelenting conflict. So yes get yourself that god-damned gun and mow down your neighbours especially if they look at you the wrong way.  Give those teachers -who none of us can really mentally qualify- guns in the classroom.  Christ maybe we'll even take a couple more kids with us if we fuck up and have a shoot out.  We should also make sure that these teachers carry machete's and samurai swords cause they can all be trusted with proper judgement and use of these dangerous weapons.

Your fucking love of violence is sickening.  You right-wing fucking nut job.  You and too many others thrive on  violence, to the point of psychotic paranoia.  Get a life and get off your fucking power trip.  Asshole.

Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

Your love of government is what is sickening. You left wing nut jobs are responsible for hundreds of millions of deaths all in the name of your insane belief system and worldview. You thrive on telling others how they should live and it is because of lunatics like you that we are armed. We are armed because we abhorr violence and the best way to resist force is with equal or greater force. I hear that North Korea has very strict gun control laws and these violent acts never happen there. Perhaps you should move there. I think you would find it suitable to your desire to live in a country where only the authorities are allowed to possess weapons!

Opinionated Ass's picture

Government schools are responsible for this. You better believe the principal of a for-profit schoolhouse would be packing heat to protect his business from a crazy fuck like this.

BandGap's picture

Tell you what fucker. When the government can absolutely make this happen I'm all in. But that isn'tt going to fucking happen, fucking psychopaths are always going to get their hands on shit to kill others IF SO MOTIVATED. So stick your idea up yopur ass, sideways.

Read the psychology of the kids killed at Virginia Tech. DO YOU REALIZE that the shooter LINED them up and shot them ONE BY ONE? Yes, victim #8 watched #1-7 take a bullet to the back of the head AND DID NOTHING. OUR SOCIETY IS FLAWED.

Guns? My ass.  Start weeding these people OUT OF SOCIETY.


CH1's picture

Yes, victim #8 watched #1-7 take a bullet to the back of the head AND DID NOTHING. OUR SOCIETY IS FLAWED.

Yep, government has waged a long war against individual will... and has won.

People no longer believe they have any right to exercise their will in any way.

History suggests that conquest follows, and you can sure see why.

Jam Akin's picture

I have personally had a loaded gun pointed at me in anger by a convicted felon who had no right to possess that weapon legally.   I was armed.  He did not pull the trigger.  As a consequence, I am very resistant to any state of affairs that does not provide options for self defense with a firearm.  We need to have the ability to protect our loved ones from the likes of the psychopath(s) who perpetrated such a horrific crime today.

yogibear's picture

If the teachers had packed weapons they could have fired back and offered resistance.

It's become the wild west again. It's about time people start protecting themselves, because the police may not be around or arrive too late.

Get armed and ready people! 

karzai_luver's picture

if guns were packed by techers you don't really think someone determined to take out techers and whomever else is within sight would go full frontal do you.


you peeps argue over guns this and that, it isn't the point or a solution, but it sure must feel nice to skate over any type of serious thought.



gun ho bitchezz!'s picture

Crazed gunmen favor soft targets. They seem to be more interested in spraying bullets at innocents rather than engaging in tactical maneuvers. Those like the Colorado shooter who used a gas mask and drum magazine in all likelihood reduced his kill rate by trying out his non-existent tactical skills.

SAT 800's picture

"The police don't need any help from you; and they expect the same from you"---Bob Dylan.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Your reaction is EXACTLY how TPTB want the sheeple in this country react to this.  Some asshole kills a bunch of inocent people so "let's take everyone's guns away because only the authorities are responsible enough to have guns". 

Why don't you do some reading on the history of the middle of the last century and see how that kind of thing turned out for the people of Soviet Russia, Communist China and Nazi Germany?  The minute they take our guns away we are screwed as a free people - and I use the term "free" very loosely these days . . . If some of the teachers in that school were armed there might have been a lot fewer dead kids.

Atlas Shrugging's picture

You dangerous fool!  We will never be able to outlaw evil or insanity, and people like you that want to leave me and my family defenseless in the face of such evil make me sick!

Rogue Trooper's picture

"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..."

KEEP WORKING HARD FOR YOUR MASTERS "MAXI-TROLL"...maybe, just maybe, you will be rewarded with a nice gig at the FEMA Camp...... filling in the 'forms' to extract all the data from all those Turrorist.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot's picture

Dumbfuck MaxipadLopez said

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...

You may think that's true, but in reality, the violence we see these days would pale in comparison to the violence that would be unleashed if the government even tried to implement your "solution."



waterhorse's picture

Governments in a "moral" position to own something as potentially dangerous as a gun?  Surely you jest.  Much as I'm no fan of the mythical "free marketers" and their ilk, I do believe in gun rights for RESPONSIBLE adults.  You must have missed the article about the guy in China that knifed 22 students to death.  If someone wants to kill others, they will find a way.

That said, these poor children did not deserve to die.  I wish these nuts would go postal on banksters and politicians.  I would really have no problem with THAT.

Ookspay's picture

"Only then will the violence cease..." You are a fool, I am thinking of dozens of ways to kill that don't include a gun. McVeigh did it with fertilizer and deisel fuel. Or try this one:

Freddie's picture

Notice how the cops always show up way after the fact.   They were outside Columbine waiting for the shooting to stop on that day.

I was in the local cell phone store, in a good neighborhood today.  Some shortish guy in black was in their like a rent a cop ninja wannabe.  He had a baton, probably a taser.  I was trying to see if he had a pistol.  No one was there the other day???  WTF was up with that?

I think over at the Apple/iPhone store they were on suicide watch.