UPDATE: Saturday December 15, 2012 11:35 AM
The Connecticut chief medical examiner has identified the victims and is preparing to release their names, reports CNN. Police have confirmed that the shooter forced his way into the school and was “armed for mass murder”, wearing black fatigues and carrying two pistols and a military-style rifle. He left only one wounded victim and killed 20 children and six adults. One kindergarten teacher read to her children during the shooting so her voice would be the last thing they heard, while a first-grade teacher locked her students in the bathroom for safety. Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was mother to two daughters and three stepdaughters.
UPDATE 2:49 PM
The gunman’s name is Ryan Lanza, originally from Hoboken, NJ. Around 9:30 a.m, Lanza arrived at Sandy Hook Elementary School and made his way to the principal’s office (where the shooting began). Lanza, then made his way to his mom’s kindergarten classroom and started shooting non-stop – killing his mother and 18 elementary children. Please note, another family member of Ryan Lanza was also found dead. Police believe it was his father who resided in Newton, CT.
Tragedy has struck again. This time – elementary school children. According to various sources, two gunmen let fire on children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. The motive is unclear. This rampage exceeds the 1999 Columbine Massacre where 13 died and 24 were injured.
Via ABC News:
More than two dozen people, mostly elementary school children, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning, federal and state sources tell ABC News.
The massacre involved two gunmen and prompted the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.
One shooter is dead and a manhunt is on for a second gunman. Police are searching cars. One shooter was described as a 24-year-old armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet vest, sources told ABC News.
It’s unclear how many people have been shot, but 25 people, mostly children are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News. That number could rise, officials said.
Words: Kay Konnect