Saturday, December 15, 2012

What we know about the Connecticut school shooting

The facts as of 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. - AP
Discussion at Lucianne

THE TOLL: 28 dead, including the gunman, Adam Lanza; his mother, Nancy Lanza; the elementary school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung; and 20 schoolchildren. A woman who works at the school was wounded.

THE SUSPECT: 20-year-old Adam Lanza wore a pocket protector when he was in high school and was an honor student, and was called "remote" and "one of the goths" by classmates. A law enforcement official said he may have had a personality disorder. He grew up in an affluent neighborhood of well-tended homes with neighbors who worked as executives at companies like IBM. Police shed no light on his motive.

THE SCENE: Police told children to close their eyes as they led them past the carnage from their classrooms. The intercom broadcast screams throughout the school; others heard popping sounds, or, as a boy said, something that sounded like "cans falling." Crying children were escorted through the school's parking lot in line, hands on one another's shoulders, as panicked parents raced to the school to find their children. Witnesses said the shooter said nothing.

WHERE THEY DIED: Most of the dead were found in two classrooms; Lanza's mother, Nancy, was found dead at her home. The children killed were between ages 5 and 10....

HISTORY: The shooting is the second-deadliest in U.S. history and one of the deadliest mass shootings around the world. A gunman at Virginia Tech University killed 33, including himself, in 2007. Only Virginia Tech and the mass killings of 77 in Norway in 2011 had greater death tolls across the world over the past 20 years.

Timeline of Connecticut elementary school shooting - FOX Greensboro
Reports: Nancy Lanza Wasn’t A Teacher At Sandy Hook Elementary - Anjali Sareen/Mediaite
A Gunman, Recalled as Intelligent and Shy, Who Left Few Footprints in Life - David Halbfinger/NYT
Dem Congressman: We Must “Exploit” Elementary School Massacre For Political Gain… - WeaselZippers
If you would like to mail sympathy cards, postcards, or letters to support the survivors at Sandy Hook Elementary, the school's address is: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482