UPDATE: 27 Killed in School Shooting, Including Gunman and 20 kids

By: Lauren Kravets, Landon Cassman, and AP Email
By: Lauren Kravets, Landon Cassman, and AP Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More than two dozen people are dead after a man opened fire at this elementary school in Connecticut.

The Rockford Public School District is offering its condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.

23 News Reporter Lauren Kravets spoke with Assistant Superintendent Martha Hayes today. Hayes was shocked when she was told about the shooting. As far as something like this happening locally, she says the district's security team is very diligent and while she doesn't want to advertise specific security procedures, she says some people are searched, but says there's always room for improvement.

Anytime something like this happens, you become more vigilant, you go back and check. When we hear more about how that happened there, we'll certainly want to learn from anything we can find out from that situation, how we can improve what we do,” Hayes said.

The district has had a discussion about introducing metal detectors, but Hayes says there's so many entrances and doors in school buildings, that someone from the inside could always open a side door for someone, unless you put a metal detector at every single door in every building, which could be costly. You'd also have to have someone manning those doors all the time. Those are some of the challenges.

For the response of local schools, please see the attached documents above.

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) -- A spokesman for Western Connecticut State University says the man identified as the gunman who killed 26 children and adults in an elementary school took college classes when he was only 16.

Paul Steinmetz, spokesman for the Danbury school, confirmed Monday that Adam Lanza earned a 3.26 grade point average while a student there. He dropped out of a German language class and withdrew from a computer science class, but earned an A in a computer class, A-minus in American history and B in macroeconomics.

Steinmetz says Lanza was among a small group of 16-year-olds among the school's 5,000 undergraduates.

The Hartford Courant and The Wall Street Journal first reported Lanza's academic record at Western Connecticut State.

Steinmetz says Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009 and didn't return.


NEWTOWN (AP) -- A grieving Connecticut town is bracing itself for the first funerals for victims of the school shooting last week that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Officials in Newtown are also debating when classes could resume -- and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

The funerals come a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the victims. The district is considering sending surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town.

The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Authorities said Sunday he was carrying hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition, enough to kill just about every student in the school if given time.

His motive remains unclear. He killed his mother before heading to the school and committed suicide as police closed in.
Officials in Newtown are also debating when classes could resume -- and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

The funerals come a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the victims. The district is considering sending surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town.

The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Authorities said Sunday he was carrying hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition, enough to kill just about every student in the school if given time.

His motive remains unclear.





Friday:
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Police aren't say what may have motivated a man to open fire inside two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school today, but a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation says the gunman was believed to suffer from a personality disorder

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed in the shooting rampage before the gunman shot and killed himself. Police say another adult was found dead at a second location.

A law enforcement official has identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. The official says Lanza killed his mother at their home before driving his mother's car to the school.

Police say the killer carried two handguns into the school, while a rifle was found in the back of a car. They say the shootings took place in two classrooms, but they are not providing details on exactly how it unfolded.

Students and their parents describe teachers locking doors and ordering the children to huddle in classroom corners or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building. Authorities said the shootings took place in two nearby classrooms, but they gave no details on exactly how they unfolded.


Conn. school shooting suspect was son of teacher

The man suspected of gunning down more than two dozen people in a small town in Connecticut is the son of a teacher at the elementary school where the killings occurred, and his mother is presumed to be among the dead.

Police say Adam Lanza apparently drove to his mother's school carrying two handguns and a .223-caliber rifle and carried out the massacre. Law enforcement officials are trying to learn as much as possible about the 20-year-old and questioning his older brother, who is not believed to have any involvement in the rampage.

So far, authorities have not spoken publicly of any possible motive.

Several neighbors of the Lanzas in Sandy Hook, a community about 60 miles northeast of New York City, said they knew little about the family.


Children describe terror as shooter kills 26

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Schoolchildren and their parents are describing the scene at a Connecticut elementary school today, as teachers locked doors and ordered the children to huddle in the corner or hide in closets.

Shots rang through the building, as a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.

One man says his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. He says his son "grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door."

The father of one 7-year-old says the boy heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." A teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door, and had the kids huddle in the corner until police arrived.

A teenager who rushed to the school to check on his sister, after hearing the gunfire from his nearby home, says the 9-year-old girl had heard a scream come over the intercom at one point.

As they left the school, the children -- some crying, others looking frightened -- were told by police to close their eyes, so they wouldn't see the carnage around them.



UPDATE: A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation of the Connecticut school massacre says the brother of the gunman has been "extremely cooperative" and is not under arrest.

The official tells The Associated Press that Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., is still be being questioned but is not in custody and is not believed to have any connection to the school killings.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

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.


UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, 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 presumed dead.

The first official says Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


AP source: Suspect in Connecticut school shootings is 24-year-old; younger brother being held.


UPDATE: Police have identified the alleged shooter as Ryan Lanza. They say his mother was a teacher at the school. He is dead inside the school. It is unclear if he took his own life or if he was killed by police. They are looking for a potential motive.


UPDATE: Police say the shooter is dead inside the building. They say the "scene is secure".


UPDATE: A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.

The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, said by an official in Connecticut to have left 27 dead, including 18 children.

The official in Washington spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.


UPDATE: CBS News says at least 27 people were killed in the shooting. 18 of the victims are children.

One of the alleged gunmen is dead at the scene. Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a second shooter.


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut State Police say they are assisting local police in Newtown in response to reports of a shooting at an elementary school.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.

Police say at least one person was shot and several people are injured. There are also reports that one gunman is dead. It's still unclear if there was more than one shooter.

The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.

The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.

Police say at least one person was shot and several people are injured. There are also reports that one gunman is dead. It's still unclear if there was more than one shooter.


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