Connecticut School Shooting: Latest News Updates

Follow the latest news updates of the school shooting in Connecticut where 26 people, mostly children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, reportedly died.

The suspected gunman, whom CNN initially identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, was also found dead. As of this posting, it was not confirmed whether the suspect committed suicide or was shot by police after the massacre.

Recent updates, however, indicate that the shooter could be his brother, Adam Lanza, 20. It appears that Adam, who reportedly took his own life, used Ryan’s ID upon entering school premises.

It was initially reported by the Associated Press that Adam was arrested in the trees, but recent news reports indicate that he was the person who actually did the mass killing. Reports said neighbors described the suspect as “troubled.”

According to The Telegraph, Connecticut state police department’s Lt. Col. Paul Vance says 18 children died at the school and 2 more in the hospital while 6 adults were found dead, including the suspect.

The New York Times reports the shooting spree took place in the classroom of Lanza’s mother, Nancy, a kindergarten teacher. Prior to the Connecticut school shooting, Lanza reportedly killed his father at a “secondary crime scene” away from the school.

Three weapons —a 9mm Glock, a Sig Sauer pistol and a Bushmaster .223 rifle— were reportedly found at the primary crime scene. Witnesses told reporters hundreds of rounds were fired.

In a press briefing, Connecticut governor Dan Malloy said “evil visited this community today and it’s too early to speak of recovery but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that in Connecticut we're all in this together.”

Reports say FBI agents are now helping local police in the investigation. News sources report that Lanza’s brother has been taken into police custody and is being questioned.

Update: CNN reports authorities have confirmed that the shooter was Adam Lanza.


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