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Conn. Gunman Killed Mother Before Deadly Rampage

December 14, 2012  | 

Authorities have identified Adam Lanza as the 20-year-old gunman who fatally shot 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday morning, after killing his mother.

Lanza fatally shot his mother Nancy Lanza and then drove his mother's car to the school. After arriving, he shot out the glass of a security door at the school shortly after 9:30 a.m. Many of the children killed were in two classrooms.

Lanza died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, was initially identified as the shooter by authorities, who later said he was not involved, reports the Associated Press.

Three weapons, including a .223 Bushmaster rifle and two 9mm handguns, were recovered from the scene. The medical examiner has said the victims were all shot multiple times with the rifle. Adam Lanza was also wearing body armor.

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Tags: New Jersey State Police, Active Shooters, Sandy Hook School Shooting, School Shootings


Comments (8)

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gmo415 @ 12/14/2012 6:04 PM

Senseless slaughter of innocent children. It all started with the killing of the suspect's mother, probably because the suspect believed his mother loved her students more than her own son.

The subject then turns his hatred toward his mother's beloved students to further denigrate the mother's love...in a sense "hurting" the mother further. This is the actions of a suspect who suffers from a “personality disorder.”

May God Bless the victims of today’s tragedy, in Jesus’s name.

vincenzino @ 12/14/2012 6:33 PM

Should've shot himself first.

DaveSAM25G @ 12/14/2012 6:53 PM

Sensless Murders...According to sources, Lanza shot his mother in the face, then left his house armed with at least "two semi automatic handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, and a semi automatic rifle. He was also wearing a bullet proof vest."

heart broken!

The three senses need action Seeing, Hearing, Listening...but most of all action do say something - not everything is prevenatable but once again I am going out on a limb here somebody saw a change or knew something and did not act???...? My prayers and thoughts are with families of the lost children, responder's who go home and hug their Children even harder but have to pick up the pieces of a tragedy and community for there loss! WHY WHY WHY???

Larry Laatsch @ 12/15/2012 4:39 AM

I'll bet he's been in the "system", identified as unstable, been in "treatment" and allowed to walk around in public instead of where he should have been....

Dwayne Juedes @ 12/16/2012 1:13 PM

Obama will now go after law abiding citizens guns, when the only answer to stopping these nuts is more compitent armed citizens to stop these senceless shootings before they get started. I also wonder if all the recent mass shootings is the second installment to Fast And Furious?

John Russell @ 12/16/2012 9:55 PM

First off what kind of mother goes and buys this kind of weaponry?
School teachers do not buy high end weapons and also not secure them. A mother with any common sense could have easily prevented this with ONE simple 300 dollar safe heck even a 150 dollar stack one safe cheapy one . Also teaching this child to shoot was an utter disaster waiting to happen?

ChiefP @ 12/17/2012 7:40 AM

@John Russell,
There was nothing wrong with a mother having a Glock, Sig or AR....makes perfect sense to me. My wife has all 3 as well plus about 5-6 more firearms and there is NOTHING wrong with that but I do agree with the safe and keeping them secure.

Having a mentally unstable child and then teaching him how to use these weapons was actually the worst thing that could have been done.

Bob @ VA @ 12/17/2012 10:05 AM

ChiefP - +1. I cannot fathom what she was thinking, knowing that her kid was seriously mentally ill.

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