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26, Gunman Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 this morning after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school.

 

NEWTOWN, CT -- Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. Another adult was killed at a second location.
 
The Scene

Police in Newtown were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call Friday morning. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was reportedly armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities said during a press conference that they have retrieved three weapons from the scene.

A parent interviewed on CBS News told the network on Friday that his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming from the principal’s office. Her teacher then immediately locked the classroom door as a safety precaution. A fourth-grade student at Sandy Hook School told Connecticut’s Channel 7 that he and his classmates were “locked in a closet in the gym” to escape the gunman.

One mother of an 8-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when the gunman entered the building.

The Shooter and His Family

The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza, attacked the Sandy Hook School where his mother, Nancy Lanza, worked as a kindergarten teacher. Media reports initially identified the shooter as Adam's 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. 

Nancy was found dead in her Newtown home. According to reports, the shooting took place in her classroom. Eighteen children were killed at the scene, while two were taken to the hospital where they later died. The school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, also was among the six adults killed. 

National Response

The shooting, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, has once again touched a nerve about the country’s gun violence.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama visibly wept, saying "We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

The president also said “our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. For as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early."

Mike December 19, 2012 at 06:07 PM
John Merrett, the number you quote is the total number of homicides in Chicago -- not the number of gun deaths, and not the number of children killed. Keep trying, sir. You'll get there some day.
William John December 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Iron Mike. I understand that you are upset but using the China incident is a complete false equivalency that only supports limiting gun ownership.
John Merrett December 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Mike, Those were children shot, no, not all of them died,...so I guess it's okay ,...right? Pablum puking knee jerk bleeding hearts are sheep and cowards all to eager to surrender their rights to people like Hitler who also took away guns.
William John December 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The lust for and dependency on firearms should at the very least be considered as an indicator of a societal breakdown in your argument for it to be comprehensive and honest.
William John December 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
John, You may have an argument but you keep corroding it by throwing obtuse accusations ("you morons gave Obama a peace prize", "different pigment in his skin") on an internet thread to strangers (your fellow country men and women).
Bob December 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Maybe 1%er Moore should have said... "... had been a responsible gun owner,..."
R Gagnon December 19, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Joe Veno, thanks for that post. I hope some of the pro gun control people around here will read it and connect the dots between gun control and tyrannical government. The 2nd amendment had nothing to do with hunting. It guarantees the citizens the God given right (as opposed to government granted right that can be taken away) to self defense against a tyrannical government. When the government tells us what kind of guns, if any, we can own, then the government has its thumb on the scales of justice and freedom. Only a well armed society if free from tyranny. And, if you look at the statistics, well armed societies are also some of the most polite and peaceable societies. Unlike New York, Washington DC and Chicago to name a few. These places have the most restrictive gun laws in the country yet they have the highest per capita crime rates.
William John December 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
1. Federal Back round checks that are the same state by state. 2. Every gun owner must have an annual test and check on their weapon. 3. Every gun owner must have firearm insurance. a. higher rates for multiple guns b. lower rates for everyone in the house hold being trained in safety. c. lower rates for proper storage d. lower rates for military and enforcement officials 4. Law enforcement has a compressive list of all gun owners in a town that get flagged with there is a mental health issue with someone in that house. 5. band on any gun that can load more than 10 bullets at a time. Guns are American culture no doubt. But they are weapons of mass destruction. Their purpose is to kill. I'm full trained in self defense and the use of a weapon. I've had 4 run-ins with firearm in my life. Never would I have needed a gun those situations. I full understand most gun owners are extremely responsible with their weapons. If you want more guns in schools and public places then you want even more government and who is going to pay for that? Gun owners?
William John December 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Excellent point John but one that supports better enforcement and less guns on the streets. Just because Chicago has tough gun laws doesn't mean they are being enforced or that they are the right ones.
Mike December 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
No, John Merrett, again you fail. I'm sorry for you, and for your loss of cognition on this point. LULZ. You're citing a crazy far-right website that has redefined an 18-year-old as a child to pump up statistics. Way to go, right-wing trolls!
Carolyn Costain December 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
The majority of guns used in a crime are stolen from people who legally own them, either they are taken by a family member or from a house break ,either way the owner of the gun should be held responsible in someway for those guns getting into the wrong hands! Its the responsibility for the gun owner to have trigger locks and store them in a safe or a place they can not be found in a house break. I don't think people that have children under the age of 21 should even have a gun in the house. Children under 21 should not be allowed to shoot guns at shooting ranges! The law will not allow a child under 21 to drink alcohol because they are not responsible adult until 21yrs. but they allow a child under 17 yrs old to shoot a gun on a shooting range? I am a parent that would never allow a gun in my home when my children were young because I know first hand how guns in the hands of the inexperienced can kill or permanently disable a person. I am a statistic, a shooting victim at a young age, a victim of a 12 gauge in the hands of an inexperienced person, that blew the whole back of my neck off at close range. Its the gaining of access to guns that's the problem! If you own a gun that is stolen or taken by family or friends? You should be held accountable for not securing or locking them up so that they can not get stolen or into the wrong hands! Gun owners need to be held responsible! "My heart goes out to all of the families of the fallen little angels on that day."
Sean Ward December 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
It takes 20 minutes or more for the police to protect us. That is too long. We need to have the right to decide how to protect ourselves in those 20 minutes. I look at this story http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/23/12-year-old-girl-shoots-home-intruder/ and wonder what would happened if she didn't have that gun. Now obviously she shouldn't have been home alone but that's not the point. Families need to be able to defend themselves instead of just being at the mercy of criminals or waiting for someone else to come defend them.
William John December 19, 2012 at 07:25 PM
1. Federal Back round checks that are the same state by state. 2. Every gun owner must have an annual test and check on their weapon. 3. Every gun owner must have firearm insurance. a. higher rates for multiple guns b. lower rates for everyone in the house hold being trained in safety. c. lower rates for proper storage d. lower rates for military and enforcement officials 4. Law enforcement has a compressive list of all gun owners in a town that get flagged with there is a mental health issue with someone in that house. 5. band on any gun that can load more than 10 bullets at a time. Guns are American culture no doubt. But they are weapons of mass destruction. Their purpose is to kill. I'm full trained in self defense and the use of a weapon. I've had 4 run-ins with firearm in my life. Never would I have needed a gun those situations. I full understand most gun owners are extremely responsible with their weapons. If you want more guns in schools and public places then you want even more government and who is going to pay for that? Gun owners?
William John December 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sean, Fine with that. Every citizen gets training with an individually loadable six shot pistol, rifle or shotgun. Government program paid for by NRA. Clips, magazines and machine guns are needed for killing. Should only be for military and law.
John Merrett December 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Yeah Mike, I use those "crazy" right wing sites while your sources are accurate and non biased,...uh huh. By the way, your hero Obama sent 20 F-16's to the Muslim brotherhood, while he looks to limit freedoms at home, ...how's that Mikey
Sean Ward December 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I agree, we do need to write in some exceptions for private security though, but also need to require a much much higher level of training, certification, background and frequency of renewal for such. There are situations in which private citizens may find themselves defending against heavily armed criminals. For example armored truck drivers, or private ship security operating in areas prone to piracy.
John Merrett December 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Police in this Arkansas town carry AR-15's and are asking people walking the street for their ID,...that's one reason people carry guns. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/why-is-an-arkansas-city-deploying-police-with-ar-15s-demand-citizens-show-i-d-on-the-streets/
John Merrett December 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Guns are why we have never been a police state under a dictator, - but that could change.
Joseph December 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What about police offers who use their weapons in a violent, unnecessary fashion? Should we ban the use of weapons by the trained professionals? Jason Bourne taught me how to use a pen as a weapon. Guess we'll be banning those soon, too.
Who Me? December 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Joseph, I have struggled with your posts in terms of really trying to understand where you are coming from. Being the thoughtful and compassionate Man that I am I have gone back and forth between normal and head case...normal...head case. Thanks for this last post as it really clears things up for me.
Who Me? December 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Joseph is to William as William is to Joseph
quasimodo December 19, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Finally, here comes Hitler! John, did you ever hear about Godwin's Law in debates?
R Gagnon December 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM
One daily occurrence you forgot to mention. That being, when crimes are avoided because there was a gun in the right hands. But lets not let those numbers get in the way of your desire to disarm the public. If you don't like guns and know nothing about them, that's fine. Don't get one. But some of us know how to use them and do so often enough to be proficient with them. When the next subway shooter is riding in your car, you'll wish I or someone like me were on that car too. But, perhaps you would rather wait for the police to identify your body and notify your family. That's about all they're good for.
quasimodo December 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Are we now discussing F-16? Did the guy in Newton have F-16?
Joseph December 19, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Why? With all the absurd comments being added to a news story about a horrific tragedy, why not throw out the topic of crazy officials who get to carry concealed weapons? I'll be very clear, guns themselves don't kill people. Evil people who get their hands on a gun kill people. Same holds for drugs. We all know how the war on drugs is going - doesn't stop anyone from obtaining their fix. If you live in Charlestown, you know this to be fact. But that's for another article. But before I get off point, how about the trained professional who just snaps. They are not only trained, they have access to more weaponry and firepower than all of us combined. Think about it. I mean, we are talking about mental wellness, are we not? Haven't we learned anything from this execution? Thanks for playing. I guess AOL loves the traffic.
Jeffrey Tanner December 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
THIS WORLD is a mind boggle the United States however is only a case.... You don't have to be sane to see this rather insane not to, and REACT mindlessly.
Bob December 19, 2012 at 09:38 PM
See Major Nidal Hassan and Fort Hood...
Who Me? December 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Major Nidal Hassan well...those poor folks at Fort Hood died over 3 issues Need Political Correctness And Stupidity Nidal was a KNOWN HEAD CASE to the Army. They looked the other way because he was a Psychiatrist and the Army is short on them. The PC thing was because he was a Muslim they didn’t want a PC issue The stupidity was that the Army did not allow soldiers to be armed on base so no one could stop him. It was actually 2 Police Officers who showed up WITH GUNS to put a stop to it.
Odd Jobs and Such January 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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Dr. Paul Anderson January 12, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Speaking of Guns, my vintage 1930's Ithaca side by side just arrived home, after some minor repairs completed by an Ithaca Gun Smith, in N.Y.State. Guns brings back some 57 years of wonderful memories with friends and families members, many of which have long since passed away. Memories that these Gun hating Communists in Washington, will do their best to erase from the American Landscape,in an effort to eliminate the freedom we have so enjoyed. One individual in particular, refers to our Constitution as a "flawed document". If we don't take back our Constitution,we will eventually loose all of the freedoms we hold deer. Don't kid yourself, these folks despise Capitalism and the prosperity it has brought to our nation.No other nation has been so blessed as the United States has.As a result,envy has driven them to insanity. Suggested reading: The Road to Serfdom by F.A.Hayek. This book is available on Amazon. A Must Read

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