Friday's coverage: Tragedy in Connecticut:
Deadly Shooting in Elementary School
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The day after one of the worst mass murders in the nation's
history, Americans are learning more about Friday's horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults lying
The man authorities have identified as the killer - 20-year-old
Adam Lanza - also died at the scene, possibly from a self-inflicted
gunshot. One other person was found dead at a home in Newtown.
Authorities have told NPR and other news outlets it was Lanza's
Today, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police told reporters
that the gunman forced his way into the school. And, Lt. J. Paul
Vance said, all victims have now been identified and their bodies
removed from the scene. It may still be a couple days, however,
before investigators finish working at the bullet-ridden
We followed the story as it developed on Friday.
Today, we'll update the news in this post and look for related
Update at 8:01 p.m. ET. Peter Lanza Issues A
The Associated Press is reporting that Peter Lanza, the father of
the man identified as the killer, has issued this statement:
Update at 7:17 p.m. ET. Obama To Meet With
In a statement released tonight, the White House said President
Obama would travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to meet with
families of the victims and thank first-responders. The statement
also said he would speak at an interfaith vigil tomorrow night at
Update at 5:50 p.m. ET. A Father
In a moving and compassionate encounter, Robbie Parker spoke to the
media early Saturday evening about the loss of his 6-year-old
daughter, Emilie. Parker described his child as "a mentor to her
two little sisters," an exceptional artist and always the first
person to offer help to others in need of a lift. He told
Parker offered his support to the families of those affected by the
shooting, including the family of the young man thought to be the
gunman. "I am not mad," he said.
When asked how he would handle the tragedy, Parker said his
instinct is to seek help and to help others in their time of need.
But he admitted there wasn't a clear path forward:
The family moved to Newtown about eight months ago when Robbie, 30,
took a job as a physicians assistant at the hospital. Parker
described Emilie's teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary as a joy and
the Newtown community as welcoming to the family.
Update at 5:30 p.m. ET. Connecticut's Governor
Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy addressed the Sandy Hook tragedy late
Saturday afternoon in
televised remarks to his state. Malloy's message was one of
comfort and faith in a time of sadness:
Update at 4:40 p.m. ET. A List Of
At the news conference noted in our previous update, state medical
officials released an official list of the 20 children and six
adults killed in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. We have
a separate post with the names and ages of the victims.
Update at 4:03 p.m. ET. Medical Examiner Provides
Details On Investigation:
Speaking at a news conference, Connecticut's Chief Medical
H. Wayne Carver II told reporters:
Carver said that his team arrived within hours of the crime scene
being secured and that they worked there until 12:30 a.m. The
bodies were then transported to Farmington, Conn., where
examinations began Saturday morning.
All of the children had been examined by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Families did not see the bodies directly, with identification
taking place through photographs of the victims.
Carver said that he personally examined seven of the victims, each
with between three and 11 wounds. All deaths have been classified
as homicides resulting from gunshot wounds. Most of the wounds did
not appear to have been inflicted at close range in the victims
The bodies of the man identified as the gunman and the body found
in the gunman's home have not been examined. That work will take
place Sunday morning.
A team of four doctors, 10 technicians and other support staff
participated in the examinations with Carver.
Update at 3:25 p.m. ET. School Teacher Identified By
Newspaper As A Victim:
Lauren Rousseau, a 30-year-old teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary,
identified by The News-Times of Danbury,
Conn., as one of those killed in Friday's attack. Rousseau's mother
is an editor at the paper. From their report:
Update at 1:52 p.m. ET. School's Principal Was Among
Those Killed, Official Says:
A school official in Newtown has told NPR that Sandy Hook principal
Dawn Hochsprung was among the six adults killed in the school.
Her death had been reported earlier by other news outlets. NPR has
been pushing to get independent confirmation before posting or
broadcasting such news.
Update at 1:50 p.m. ET. "There Are Bad Guys Out There Now,
We Need To Wait For The Good Guys," Teacher Told Children As They
Fox News has gripping video of third grade teacher
Kaitlin Roig talking about how she and 14 children hid in a
bathroom. She told the children they had to be absolutely quiet.
"There are bad guys out there now, we need to wait for the good
guys," a tearful Roig says she told the kids.
Update at 1:20 p.m. ET. In Hiding, Librarians Tried To Keep
Children Occupied With Paper And Crayons.
From The Associated Press:
Update at 12:55 p.m. ET. All Three Guns Were Used, Senator
Asked on CNN moments ago about the two handguns and one rifle found
in the school, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said "all of them
were used in some way." Blumenthal was Connecticut's attorney
general before being elected to the Senate in 2010. He was in
Newtown when he spoke with CNN and earlier in the day was with the
police who are investigating the shootings.
Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. Will The Shootings Shift Public
Opinion On Guns?
Polling in recent years indicates that
the news may not have a significant, lasting impact on public
opinion - unless the murders of 20 school children at their school
is just such a shock.
Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. On Nancy Lanza:
Though State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance has not yet
publicly named the deceased woman found in a Newtown home, he has
said that she was a relative of the gunman. Federal law enforcement
officials have told NPR's Carrie Johnson that the woman was Nancy
Lanza, Adam Lanza's mother. It is not clear yet if she had any
connection to the school, though there have been reports she may
have done some kind of work - possibly volunteering - there.
Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. State Police Statement On The
Attack And Investigation:
Along with the news briefing the Connecticut State Police just
held, the agency has also posted a statement about the shootings and the
investigation. It's the first such document from that agency.
Much of the information had already been stated during Lt. J. Paul
Vance's news briefings. Here two sections that add to previously
- "The deceased victims have been transported to the Office of The
Chief State's Medical Examiner where a post mortem examination will
be conducted to determine the manner and cause of death."
- "A second crime scene was located by investigators at a residence
on Yogananda Street. A female was located deceased inside the
residence. ... Preliminary information determined that the deceased
was a relative of the 'shooter' at the Elementary School.
Another detail: During his news conference this morning, Vance told
reporters that "the weaponry that was recovered by our
investigators was recovered in close proximity to the deceased."
Earlier today, NPR's Carrie Johnson was told by a "law enforcement
official on the ground in Connecticut" that there were three
weapons found in the school - two handguns and a .223-caliber
rifle. On Thursday, there were reports that the rifle was found in
the car that the gunman drove to the scene.
Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. State Police: When Victims' Names
Are Released, "Please Respect Their Privacy;" Shooter "Forced His
Way Into The School."
At a news briefing, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance just
said that the names of all the deceased and the gunman are going to
be released soon by the local medical examiner's office - perhaps
within the hour. All the families of the victims, he said, have
asked that news outlets "respect their privacy. ... I'm asking you
and I'm pleading with you ... to please abide by their requests,"
Vance told reporters that the evidence indicates that the gunman
"was not voluntarily let into the school at all. ... He forced his
way into the school." There have been reports of broken windows
(some were smashed by police when they arrived on the scene because
the school had been locked down) and that the gunman may have shot
his way into the school through a window.
Investigators will likely still be working at the school through
Sunday and into Monday, Vance said.
Update at 9:50 a.m. ET. Connecticut's WSHU Plans Live
Special Coverage Today:
Our colleagues in the
state say there will be a "2-hour, live, call-in special
today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on all WSHU frequencies."
Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. How To Help? Governor's Office
Points To United Way:
At the official website of Gov. Daniel Malloy,
D-Conn., a "how to help Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
victims" headline links to United Way
of Western Connecticut's Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Update at 9 a.m. ET. All Families Have Been Formally
"By early this morning, we were able to positively identify all of
the victims and make some formal notification to all of the
families of the victims," Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J.
Paul Vance tells CBS This Morning:
Saturday. He also confirmed the earlier reports that all
the bodies have been removed from the school.
Update at 8:50 a.m. ET. Video Of News
The cable news networks are planning to broadcast the news
conference that authorities are supposed to hold any time now. It's
also being streamed by several news outlets in Connecticut, including WTNH-TV.
Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. "No Sense Of Motive," Local Police
"Newtown police Lt. George Sinko, the department's public
information officer, told Patch Saturday morning that
investigators have no sense of what prompted the gunman to act.
'There is no sense of motive at this time,' Sinko said."
We're still waiting for a news briefing to begin in Newtown.
Update at 8:15 a.m. ET. Victims Have Been
State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance is due to brief reporters
Connecticut says it spoke with him and that Vance says
investigators have identified all the victims, that the bodies have
been removed from the school, and that he expects to be able to
publicly confirm the killer's identity. Adam Lanza's name has been
relayed to news outlets, including NPR, by law enforcement sources.
Vance, the public spokesman on the investigation, has not yet
formally released that information.
6:45 a.m. ET: As the day dawns in Newtown,
here's a look at some of the overnight headlines and
- Stories of heroism: A custodian "ran
through the school halls making sure classroom doors were locked
from the inside." Library staffers rushed students into a storage
closet and barricaded the door with file cabinets. Principal Dawn
Hochsprung "warned several colleagues who were about to step into
the hallway behind her, and into the shooter's direct line of fire"
before being shot herself. (The Newtown
- "The shootings took place in two first-grade
classrooms." (The Hartford Courant)
- "No motive known." (The New York Times)
- "Police say it's clear that the gunman who opened fire at Sandy
Hook Elementary School Friday was on a mission to kill
as many people as possible." (CBS News)
- Adam Lanza was a "quiet, shy"
boy growing up, says school bus driver and neighbor.
(The Boston Herald)
- "Two federal sources told ABC News
that identification belonging to Ryan
Lanza [Adam's brother] was found at the scene of the
mass shooting." That may be why some officials initially said the
gunman's name was Ryan. (ABC News)
- In Newtown, "the peace and quiet has been shattered, and
residents are trying to make sense of
what's happened." (Weekend Edition Saturday)
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