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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TBT or not TBT's picture

Government incentivizes family disfunction, systematically, for its benefit.    

Welfare moms and absent dads are the health of the state.

Jam Akin's picture

You would not have said what you did if you were the parent of a child on the autism spectrum.  The problem in this case is that this differently wired/disturbed/medicated young man had access to the guns at home.  He should not have.  And that is where his late mother erred.

GMadScientist's picture

Because people on SSRIs don't already have issues that might lead to violence.

Correlation, causation..."which a dese?"

Liquid Courage's picture

Yes! When one (of the disturbingly numerous) side-effects of an Antidepressant is "may cause suicidal thoughts" you just have to go: WTF??!!

Have we lost our freaking minds, here?


Renewable Life's picture

This sickness is beyond comprehension!!!!

As a parent, I'm actually physically sick for these people!! Home schooling is looking better and better!!

27 people, and at least 11 are adults, Jesus he must have killed half the staff!!!!! I'm just sick!

forexskin's picture

just f**k

i've got the same thoughts - i'm tempted to go get my kids right now.

i can only imagine the spin on this - only criminals would do this, and the story line will play to those who want to take away my right to defend myself and familiy from these sick bastards.

this stinks, and there will be more to see behind the obvious.

northerngirl's picture

My children have been home schooled for the past four years.  What did it for me was the day I brought them to school and the bomb squad, fire department, and sheriffs department was there and all entering the school had to be searched.  Some one had called in a bomb threat.  This was in addition to the school being locked down several times during that particular school year.

This is not about guns, this is about an individual with mental health problems.  Take away guns from the general public and people will still find ways to kill.  People kill people.

XitSam's picture

I've said this before ... When I was growing up, the local NRA gun club had a pistol and .22 rifle range ... in the basement of the high school. No one was shot.

The gun control crowd wants to put my 80 year old mother at the mercy of any thug that can kick down her door. Well, screw that.

Toxicosis's picture

He could just beat her with his fists.  Why doesn't she just get a rocket launcher instead of a gun.  That's a much better detterent, and the constitution states any type of arm.  Fuck why not just give a nuclear fucking warhead.  Nobody would mess with her then.'s picture

Nuclear weapons are too expensive and cause far too much collateral damage for home defense. I'm surprised you didn't see that.

cornedmutton's picture

Hey. ASSHOLE.  Guns are the great equalizer.  They permit said 80-year-old woman the ability to resist in the face of overwhelming physical aptitude.


cougar_w's picture

Unless she's sitting with a loaded gun in her lap when they come in, nothing is going to save your 80 yo mom. Sorry. This is not a movie.'s picture



82-year-old fights off attacker

Posted: Mar 16, 2010 5:02 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2010 5:02 PM


SIERRA VISTA - An 82-year-old woman takes matters into her own hands after she's attacked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Sierra Vista.

Police said the suspect Stephen Prickett beat the woman with her own cane until she grabbed her gun from her purse and started firing

trav777's picture

First pop, the schools go on lockdown.

I told my kids to jump out the window and run as far away from the large concentration of targets as fast as they possibly could.

You're under bombardment, do you stand next to all the tanks?!?!  Congregating in the corner behind a flimsy door is not my idea of a good security reaction.  But, really, it's more important for the POLICE that nobody exits the building, that way it is easier for them to contain the situation.  You saw how they led people out of various situations like gunpoint and frequently handcuffed.  Maybe they watched Die Hard too much.

Oh but "lockdown" sounds so tough and securityish and all that.  Like a prison or something.  Where the mayhem gets contained within the 4 walls.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Schools and prisons are connected way more than people realize. Just look at the lunches, and the fast track from one to the other.

Cathartes Aura's picture

and the mass-pharma dispensed, vaccinations, etc.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Government schools are day prisons for immature people, built on a factory paradigm, like prisons!

centerline's picture

I try to teach my kids to think on thier feet like that as well.  Little tid bits here and there hoping some of that stuff sinks in.  Hope they never need it.

Encroaching Darkness's picture

Yeah, my two kids were both homeschooled, the girl after social issues in 7th grade (why are 7th grade girls such little bitches?) and the boy after 3rd, once he left the excellent care and teaching of a "special needs" teacher who saw past his "speech delay" and said to herself. "Wow! I've got a live one here! I CAN teach him something!" Bless Ms. Leith, she did wonders for my kid, and when the funding went south and they started "mainstreaming" him, we saw how poorly the next one paid attention. We've homeschooled them ever since, she's graduating with her B.A. in the spring, he'll have his associates' and transfer up for the rest of his B.S.


But then, not everyone can; I've got a M.S. in engineering, the wife has a B.S. in engineering, and there's nothing we were afraid to teach; I took on chemistry, she taught mathematics and everything else. We had some rather frank discussion sessions with both of them, since my wife is partly a statist (she doesn't believe all government is evil) and I'm becoming less republican and more libertarian with every passing day. They both think for themselves, and cannot believe how much lying goes on, each and every day, everywhere.


But if you outlaw guns, only criminals (that is, government employees, mentally ill murderers and statist thieves) will have guns; just ask Russians, Chinese and Tibetans (among others ) how that turns out.

dogbreath's picture

They both think for themselves, and cannot believe how much lying goes on, each and every day, everywhere.

congradulations on a job well done.   Theere are so many lies, spin spin spin

brettd's picture

Columbine, Virginia Tech and Connecticut all have one thing in common:

Not one shot fired in defense of the innocent.  

PianoRacer's picture

What on earth would possess you to abandon your children to the goons of the State?!

tango's picture

Your experience is vastly different than mine or anyone I know.  My wife and I went to public school, were not "brainwashed" and are successful.  I worked for Ron Paul in '08 and '12.  Our biggest problem besides coverage was "supporters".  

Folks latched on to the most outlandish yarns of supporters - 911, UFOs,  concentration camps, NWO, Jewish/Vatican/Illuminati conspiracies, global cabals, implants, chem trails.  Real issues could not be heard. Repeatedly I was told something like, "I like what Ron Paul says but I heard he thinks the Vatican is using Fort Knox gold to bring about the NWO....

centerline's picture

I thought the same thing about homeschooling and share your sentiments regarding a sick feeling.  Of all things, shooting kids?  Come on.  WTF?

goldfish1's picture

The institution of public school generates this kind of anger and oppression. Horrible things happen to children's psyches in public school and by extension in this society. Couple this with mind destroying psychotropic prescription drugs and you have this kind of horrific situation.


It ain’t the guns. And ya ain’t getting mine.

PianoRacer's picture

It's a twelve-year prison sentence that teaches kids to sit and obey authority. Parents who abandon their children to these mind-mincing propaganda gulags are guilty of negligence, period.

HoofHearted's picture

I'm still wondering what set this guy off....was the teacher having sex with his kid? Was there a bad divorce going on? Did his kid get bullied like he did when he was a kid, so now he is going to show everyone? 

We've homeschooled since day 1. Our kids only saw the inside of public schools when we lived in France briefly and that was more for the language immersion and less for anything else. There are good local homeschool co-ops where your kids can be social, learn some stuff, and you can meet great, likeminded parents to form a real community. We have our kids tested every year by a local expert. They beat the living shit out of the kids going to government schools. I'm of two minds about that. My kid has decent intelligence and we've just dumbed down the grade level expectations a great deal. OR the teachers are making kids a whole lot stupider. Probably both...

centerline's picture

+1.  Unfortunately my wife is sheeple.

1C3-N1N3's picture

Never stick your dick in sheeple.

Chaos_Theory's picture

Just give these bastards to lawful gun owners for target practice. 

Kindergarteners....5-year olds for Christ's sake!  Maybe what we really need is a pathetic loser ban.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Army Psy-Ops burn-outs jacked up on SRIs?

GMadScientist's picture

Pissed off ex-husband denied access to the kid?


Jean Valjean's picture

Pissed off ex on ssri's. Fixed it

SilverRhino's picture

Apparently the shooter targeted his mother's classroom and killed everyone in it. 

All kindergarteners.  

JimBowie1958's picture

When will people learn that 'gun free' zones are kook magnets that add to the likelihood of these kinds of killing sprees?

This kind of crime would justify returning 'Drawing and Quartering' into legal practice.

I am totally dead serious; maybe we can do it after the Zombie Apocolypse.

icanhasbailout's picture

10:1 says the shooter was on some kind of prescribed mind-affecting drug. Anyone the psych industry gets a hold of turns into a realtime medical experiment and in mass shooting cases in the US almost every time there's a background of heavy psych medication.

forexskin's picture

find out what prescription drugs this sick fuck was on and then ban them.

then, hold the pharm chem executive responsible for lobbying the FDA responsible with a trial and real consequences. time to turn the tables on this shit.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Right.  Class action lawsuits.  $1 Billion for each family impacted sounds about right.

Whoa Dammit's picture

And bring back state mental hospitals where the truly insane can be housed for life instead of inflicting them upon society.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ban guns!  ban knives!!  ban pharma!!

and when everyone's done blaming the externals, see what all these stories have in common, always have in common, but never mentioned. . .

why is mass killing sometimes the action of the angry, the last resort of those who act out their rage?

maybe once this is actually acknowledged, it can be addressed. . .

but it won't be, working as intended.

forexskin's picture

go ahead, answer your own question.

by implication, your answer can't be that we are being dehumanized by a vast machine (of which pharma is a big part) that clearly is afraid of individualism (and the notion of self defense), and suggests as its solution total control? seems like you are waving a banner with a confusion of ideas.

we're all ears...

Cathartes Aura's picture

no, I've never made that point, about pharma & cultural de-humanising, cultural programming, never ever.

"individualism" and "self defense" - care to elaborate, just so we're all clear?

all I was stating in my post above was that IF people want to understand some of this violence, as it has been presenting itself globally over the years (the shooting of children, be it in school, day care, gatherings),

THEN perhaps looking at the common threads that weave through each incident.

does that prick your ears?

forexskin's picture

you keep inferring there are common threads - identify them.

i'm making to point the banning guns and stomping on big pharma and the vast machine are actions one might consider as diametrically opposed. not sure why you're grouping them together, except for your implication of a deeper common thread. still listening.

Cathartes Aura's picture

no, you're not "listening" - you're coiled to pounce.


if some people would like to think more deeply about cause/effect, then perhaps patterns will be seen for what they are.

until then, rage on.

forexskin's picture

sorry is its not laid out on a silver platter. you're implying insights that apparently can't be articulated.

you don't expect to be challenged here when you offer apparently contradictory statements?

maybe you just don't have anything significant to say.

rage on? really?


brettd's picture

Remember the bell-tower sniper at U.Texas?

That was a guy "off his meds"....

Shit's been happening for generations.

F. Bastiat's picture

Most people don't yet realize that they're living through the ongoing, from the inside, destruction of Western civilization.

Once the key foundations of civilization are rejected, as Christianity has been, the result is accelerating collapse.

Now you know.

The Gooch's picture


I'm cutting out early to go pick up my little nugget.

Thoughts and prayers to all affected.

Learn to swim.