20 Children, 6 Adults Killed at CT School; Gunman Also Dead
Authorities now say 20 children are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Seven adults, including the shooter, 20-year old Adam Lanza are also dead.
Connecticut State Police say the gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School before committing the shooting.
18 children died in two separate rooms inside the school, two later died at a hospital.
All six adults killed at the school were women. Of the 20 children who were shot to death, eight were boys and 12 were girls. All the children were ages 6 or 7.
A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.
Police say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at their home before driving his mother's car to the school. Nancy was a teacher at the school.
Another one of the victims has since been identified as Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
Hochsprung had been principal at Sandy Hook Elementary since 2010. Hochsprung had frequently tweeted photos from her job and wrote upbeat tweets about what was going on at the school.
Connecticut state police say multiple 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets found at the school. They say Lanza had two handguns, a Glock 10 mm and a Sig Sauer 9 mm, and a Bushmaster assault rifle that was used for nearly all his killings. The Bushmaster is a type of gun commonly seen at competitions and was the type used in the 2002 sniper killings in the Washington area. A fourth weapon, a shotgun, was found in the car Lanza drove to the school.
An official tells The Associated Press that Adam's brother, Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., was questioned but is not in custody and is not believed to have any connection to the school killings.
The official says Ryan Lanza's computers and phone records were being searched but only "in an abundance of caution." He says Ryan told authorities he had not been in touch with his brother in recent years.
A law enforcement official says Lanza is the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is also dead and her body was found inside her home.
An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.
An official says the gunman in the Connecticut school shooting had Asperger's syndrome, but experts say there's no connection between the disorder and violent behavior. Asperger's is a mild form of autism often characterized by social awkwardness.
A law enforcement official says Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger's. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation.
Columbus, Ohio, psychologist Eric Butter says research suggests people with autism have a higher rate of aggressive behavior than the general population. He says this includes outbursts, shoving or angry shouting, but typically does not include planned, intentional violence.
High school classmates say Lanza was bright but painfully shy, anxious and a loner. Butter says those characteristics are consistent with Asperger's.
The attack comes less than two weeks before Christmas and appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
(CBS News, The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
U.S. Senator Dean Heller issued the following statement:
"Both Lynne and myself would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this senseless tragedy and to the entire Newtown community. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all those who are grieving in the wake of this truly horrific event. The entire nation stands with the community during this extremely difficult time," said Senator Dean Heller.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following the statement:
"I am in shock and disbelief at this horrible tragedy that took so many innocent lives today. As a father and grandfather, it is beyond my comprehension why anyone would want to hurt innocent children. I join the millions of Americans whose thoughts and hearts are with those suffering because of this horrible crime in Connecticut."
Governor Brian Sandoval this afternoon made the following statement:
"I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this morning's terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As a parent myself, I cannot begin to imagine the shock and pain parents of today's innocent victims are feeling tonight. Kathleen and I, and all Nevadans, extend our thoughts, prayers and our deepest sympathies to these parents, to the victims of today's horrible tragedy and their loved ones.
"Our state and our nation grieve for the families of those affected and in their honor, I have ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Nevada flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all State public buildings and grounds until sunset on Tuesday, December 18, 2012."
Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini on today's incident:
"On behalf of the City Council and the entire citizens of the City of Sparks, our thoughts and prayers are with the moms, dads and all those who lost their loved ones today in the senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. Sparks has always been about family. There are no words to describe the hurt our residents are feeling for their fellow citizens. Today, in the season of peace and love, please take extra time to hug your children and the ones you love and care about. May God be with the lost children and victims, and may He comfort those who grieve."
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