27 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

Local and state police in Newtown, CT, were called to an elementary schoo this morning after a gunman opened fire at the school.

Twenty seven people are dead, including 18 children, at a Connecticut elementary school after a 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage.

The shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a town of about 28,000 people an hour outside of Stamford. Newtown Police were called to the school at about 9:30 a.m. Eastern time after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

Authorities held a press conference at 1 p.m. and said students and staff at the school were killed and that the gunman was found dead inside the school. They did not confirm the number of fatalities. However, reports said the school's principal and a school psychologist were among the dead.

Early reports wrongly identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, a former Quinnipiac University student. His brother, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, has been identified as the gunman in Newtown who killed 20 children, six adults and himself, according to the Huffington Post. He was armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities are currently searching his father’s home in New Jersey as part of the ongoing investigation. Lanza's mother lives in Newtown and was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which has close to 600 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. She was among those killed, according to several news reports.

Police also have a second suspect in custody. According to eyewitness accounts, police found a man in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants and took him in for questioning. As the man passed parents gathered near the school, he said “I didn’t do it,” according to CBS News.

A parent interviewed on CBS News also told the network 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 Elementary 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 a gunman had entered the building.

Authorities said the scene is now secure and that there is no longer a threat to public safety. They will be providing more details and holding another press conference on the incident as soon as they notify the families of the victims.

Caledonia Retiree December 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM
The saddest part of this story (and the recent slayings in our area at the temple and beauty salon) is that despite the best efforts of the government and police, it's nearly impossible to stop these mentally defective people when they set their minds to committing mass murder.
YAMATO December 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Well, they are already planning to politicize this with the banning of guns but of course not banning the menatlly ill which are a huge problem to society. They freely roam under the guise of compassionate liberalism. They must have normalcy.
vocal local 1 December 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Oh no it's not but its nearly impossible to get government to enforce existing law and close the loopholes. As EVIDENCE: "Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or involuntarily “committed to any mental institution.”1 No federal law, however, requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database, which the FBI uses to perform background checks prior to firearm transfers. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is required to promulgate rules to convey information in a timely manner to the NICS database regarding individuals ordered not to possess a firearm under: Wis. Stat. § 51.20(13)(cv)(1) (mental health commitments where the individual is found to be a danger to self or public safety); § 51.45(13)(i)(1) (treatment for and commitment of an individual incapacitated by alcohol or suffering from alcoholism); § 54.10(3)(f)(1) (individuals who have a guardian appointed for them); or § 55.12(10)(a) (order of protective services or protective placement).2 DOJ is also required to promulgate rules to convey information to the NICS database for cancellations of court orders for these mental health-related issues.3
vocal local 1 December 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
John, any idea of how many of the mentally ill are mentally ill as related to the medications forced upon them by educators, doctors, judges and parents? First their labeled hyper active, can't stay in their seats or focus. Next they become bi-polar, then schitzophrenic and then they die. Upon autopsy most have dehydrated brain cells or shrunken brain mass, tangles and punji bodies. Conversely, the home schooled hyper kid without meds excels. What role did Sandy Nook school have in this 20 year olds "Personality Disorder"? We'll never know.
Jason J December 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I agree vocal, the problem is that some of those now fall under the Hippa law as mental health is a medical problem and can not be available for public record like the NICS database. A few others that can't be looked up on a background check are: 1, Illegal aliens 2, Drug addicts 3, If they have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or involuntarily committed to a mental health institution 4, Those with Dishonorable discharge from the military 5, With any conviction of Domestic Violence where force was used or threatened. The NICS just shows a type of crime not if violence was used or threatened. The issue is much of this information is not available to Background investigators or to Police (when checking to see if guns can be returned) That is the failure of the gun ownership laws as they stands.
Ed Holladay December 17, 2012 at 04:37 AM
John probably is one of the mentally deranged folks lurking about.
vocal local 1 December 17, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Ed, do you remember this WI case? The Weston High School shooting was a school shooting that occurred on September 29, 2006, in Weston High School in Cazenovia, Wisconsin, The gunman, 15-year-old Eric Hainstock, that day entered the school's main hallway and fatally shot principal John Klang. He is serving a life sentence. Eric is still labeled hyperactive. He was waived into adult court and currently serving his sentence in Greenbay. I have major problems with this case and so should you all. The school, social services, and courts obviously failed to provide services which lead to the killing of the principal. Are you seeing the connection to Adam Lanza? But lets take away gun rights not address the social and educational problems apparent.
Ed Holladay December 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Vocal, that case is clearly regrettable. John seems to be advocating that we simply lock up everyone who is mentally ill. Have we forgotten the atrocities of in-patient mental facilities? I think it is absurd to think all mentally ill people should be locked up. Not to mention: how in God's green earth would we pay to incarcerate all these people. The pharmaceutical industry (who pull strings in DC and Madison) would never stand for that. It would be nice if all these kids could be serviced for mental issues, but we have no money for that either. We barely have money for schools and fire stations. I am not really a gun control advocate. I own and use guns. Maybe we should wonder why this mentally disturbed man's mother had all these weapons (with her son living there.)
William December 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
John, perhaps you should read what that compassionate liberal Ronald Reagan did for mental health facilities. Or maybe that bleeding heart Tommy Thompson who spearheaded the deregulation of the hospital industry, which subsequently astronomically raised mental health hospital rates and resulted in insurance companies limiting access and treatment.
vocal local 1 December 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Ed, your missing my point which is the meds/drugs prescribed are making sane people mentally ill. The meds are changing the brain chemistry, receptor sites, neurons, neuron pathways. We are graduating thousands from college each year with degrees in psychology that cannot find jobs even with an additional two year master's degree preparing them to counsel. And of course your right there isn't any funding to provide services rather than dangerous mind altering drugs that only make the individual worse. Do you know of one child or friend or relative that was taken off the merry go round? I don't but there must be a few who went against doctor orders. Why don't we have money? Because were feeding it into police and fire and administration and teacher and other governmental employee salaries and the best of benefits leaving the pot empty of funding to provide necessary services. I too own guns. Like Adam's mother one could say I'm a survivalist. Country, we grew up around loaded guns and we did not touch them. Today, parents should not have guns in the home unless they have a gun safe is my opinion but their choice which I think they have the right to make. We may not always make the best choices but at times our options are limited to the choices available.
Ed Holladay December 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I probably I am not far off from your views on this. It is my belief that we overmedicate the heck out of our nation's people. It is cheaper than counseling though. Therefore we mask symptoms with drugs, rather than fix the underlying problems. Sure, we pay teachers, firefighters etc... However, many of them (teachers and cops for certain) usually have at least a bachelors. So what if they make 40k or 50k? That seems fair to me. I don't know any of them living the high life. Shrinks are not cheap either. We have never been able to afford mental health on a mass scale, and perhaps never will. I would never pay for my child to go to school to major in education, psychology or maybe even criminal justice. The tuition is way too high for such mediocre pay. Plus, like you said, some can't find jobs anyway.
vocal local 1 December 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Teachers must have a bachelors or in school working toward one. In OC they start at 41,000 plus benefits for the 180 day school year -v- the 260 day normal work year. OC cops start at apx. 56,000 with benefits and generally have a 2 year associate degree. The mean income in OC is 52,000. Mediocre Pay? I don't think so. Since when should public servants AKA governmental employee's earn more and have better benefits?
Ed Holladay December 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Working toward a degree gets you in to be a teacher... that does not sound right. If you like that salary you can send your kid off to teach, not me. Not at tuition of 10k at least a year for 4 or 5 years. I suppose we could cut teacher pay to 20k and cops to 30k and then hire psychologists at 25k. Maybe there are enough desperadoes to work for those sort of wages, even after 4-5 (6 for psychologist w/ masters) years of college. l


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