Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7
December 15th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7

    • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
    • Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
    • Law enforcement officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home before going to the school
    • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
    • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 7:54 p.m. ET] Peter Lanza, father of alleged gunman Adam Lanza, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims.

"Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can," said the statement.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama will go to Newtown on Sunday to meet with victims' families and first responders in the evening, the White House says.

He'll also speak at an interfaith vigil for the school's families. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] People are gathered outside Stratford (Connecticut) High School, for a vigil in honor of Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher who was slain in Newtown.

Soto graduated from the Stratford high school in 2003.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Earlier reports that the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Lanza being involved in any altercations at the school.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] Nancy Lanza’s brother James Champion, a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, didn’t deliver a statement as expected. Instead, the sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, delivered a statement on the Champion family’s behalf:

“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss: their families, teachers, staff and the students of Sandy Brook Elementary school, the first responders, and to all others touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.

“The family requests that you respect their privacy during his time of anguish and loss.”

The chief of police in Kingston, New Hampshire, said that Nancy Lanza lived in Kingston for a good part of her life and was a "very, very kind, considerate, loving young lady."

"She was very involved in the community and very well respected."

[Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET] An uncle of suspect Adam Lanza, is expected to address reporters in the next few minutes in New Hampshire.

The uncle is brother of Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza. Law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza killed Nancy Lanza in her Newtown home before the shootings at the school.

[Updated at 5:39 p.m. ET] Here are the names of those killed at the school, as provided by state police. CNN.com is publishing the full names of children only when parents have spoken publicly:

Charlotte, 6; Daniel, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia, 6; Josephine, 7; Ana, 6; Dylan, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine, 6; Catherine, 6; Chase, 7; Jesse, 6; James, 6; Grace, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack, 6; Noah, 6; Caroline, 6; Jessica, 6; Avielle, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin, 6; Allison, 6.

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] In a tearful talk with reporters, Robbie Parker, the 30-year-old father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, who died in the shooting, said she was an exceptional artist who delighted in making cards and drawing pictures for people who needed an emotional lift.

"She always had a kind thing to say about everybody," he said. "I'm so blessed to be her dad."

He was teaching her Portuguese, and the last conversation he had with her on Friday morning was in that language, he said.

"She told me 'good morning' and asked how I was doing, and I said I was doing well," he said. Emilie told him she loved him, and they kissed before they left the home Friday morning, he said.

[Updated at 5:33 p.m. ET] Robbie Parker, the father of one of the victims a 6-year-old girl told reporters that she was "always smiling" and would, if she were alive, be one of the first people offering comfort to the relatives of the victims.

He thanked everyone who was offering condolences, and he offered his own to others who are suffering - including the family of the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza.

"I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be to you," Parker said, referring to the Lanza family.

He said his 6-year-old daughter was the "best friend" to her two younger sisters, and was teaching one of them to read.

"They looked to her when they needed comfort," Parker said. "Usually that's saved for a mom and a dad, but it was sweet to see ... how they would run to (her) for support and hugs and kisses.”

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] "There will be time soon for a discussion of public policy issues surrounding yesterday’s events," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a televised address, "but what’s important right now is love, courage, and compassion."

"Love," he said, "as it has poured in from around the world.

"Courage, as it was demonstrated by the teachers and other adults in the school building, whose actions no doubt saved lives.

"Courage on display, as it always is, by all our first responders.

"Compassion, as shown by people around Connecticut who’ve arrived in Newtown wanting only to help."

[Updated at 4:39 p.m. ET] All of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old, according to information released by state police. There were 12 girl victims; eight boys. All of the adults killed were women.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET] The victims at the school ranged in age from 6 to 56, according to information released by state police.

Eighteen of the victims at the school were described as female; eight were male. Twenty-six people died at the school, excluding the gunman. Twenty were children; six were adults.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] More on what the state's chief medical examiner told reporters minutes ago in Newtown: He said the "long weapon" was used in the shooting, and that the weapon caused all of the wounds that he knew of.

He didn't say what that weapon was, but a law enforcement source has previously said that the gunman was found dead with next to three guns: a semi-automatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said he personally did postmortem examinations of seven victims' bodies.

“All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the one weapon,” Carver said.

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] State police have released a list of those killed. More on that to come.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] The state's chief medical examiner says he believes all of the victims were shot more than once.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, speaking at a news conference in Newtown, said that all of the victims died of gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. The seven bodies he examined personally had three to 11 wounds each, he said.

“I believe everyone was hit more than once,” Carver said.

Postmortem examinations have been performed on all of the children; examinations of most of the adult bodies will be finished by this evening, Carver said.

Examinations of the bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother will be performed Sunday, Carver said. Lanza died at the school; his mother was killed at her home in Newtown, authorities have said.

Police said a list of the victims' names would soon be published.

[Updated at 3:26 p.m. ET] Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau, both teachers at the school, are among the dead, according to friends and family members.

Earlier, CNN reported that princial Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were among the killed.

Although authorities have identified all of those killed, they have yet to release a formal list of names.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Investigators say they believe Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun at Dick's Sporting Goods in Danbury on Tuesday, but was unsuccessful, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Employees at the store some 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary have been interviewed and have searched the store's surveillance cameras for evidence that Lanza had been there.

Also, a second law enforcement source has said that Lanza was involved in some kind of trouble at the school earlier this week. The source said the altercation was between Lanza and four adults, and occurred Thursday, the day before the shooting.

Three of those adults, the source added, were killed during Friday's shooting.

The source was unable to say whether the disagreement took place inside or outside the school, but said that it apparently had something to do with him trying to enter the school.

(Update, 6:22 p.m. ET Reports that Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. Also, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Vance being involved in any altercations at the school.)

[Updated at 1:36 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to make a live, televised statement about the shooting, addressed to Connecticut residents, at 5 p.m.

[Updated at 1:12 p.m. ET] Investigators have been told that Adam Lanza had some sort of altercation with some people at the school a few days before the shooting, a law enforcement official told CNN's Carol Cratty. The official did not know the nature of the altercation or who was involved in it with Lanza.

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun in the area Tuesday before the shooting, a law enforcement source said, according to CNN's Susan Candiotti.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is contacting shooting ranges and gun stores in the area to try to establish whether Lanza sought to purchase guns or practice using them.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] The gunman had access to more guns than the three found at the elementary school, a law enforcement source told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Police recovered three additional guns elsewhere. They are a .45-caliber Henry repeating rifle, a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, and a .30-caliber Enfield rifle, the source said.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET] The victims have been positively identified by the chief state medical examiner, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference Saturday morning. The medical examiner is expected to release their names and birth dates in the next few hours.

It appears that the assailant "forced his way into the school," Vance said. Detectives continue to investigate the crime scene and will remain there for at least another day or two, Vance said. So far, investigators looking for a motive have found "some very good evidence," that will help them paint a complete picture of how and why this happened, he said.

The home of a woman believed to be the gunman's mother is also being investigated. After killing his mother, investigators believe the gunman took her guns and made his way to the elementary school.

Help for victims of Sandy Hook shooting

[Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET] The victims' bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, where a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine manner and cause of death, the Connecticut State Police said in press release.

[Updated at 10 a.m. ET] Friday's shooting has sparked passionate nation conversation on a variety of issues, from school safety and gun control to mental health treatment. In a heated discussion, CNN's Piers Morgan and guests debate the need for stricter gun control laws in America.

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting may have had access to at least five guns, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Three weapons were recovered from the school on Friday: a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle made by Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and two pistols made by Glock and a Sig Sauer found with suspected gunman Adam Lanza's body, a law enforcement source said previously.

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET] Pope Benedict XVI expressed "his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families and all to affected" by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in a letter to the Diocese of Bridgeport Administrator Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle.

[Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET] Father William Hamilton, a volunteer chaplain for 30 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New England said the Connecticut school shootings is the worse thing he's seen in his years counseling responders and victims’ families. “It’s beyond the scope of imagination. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children," Hamilton told CNN. "This is the Christmas season. This season will never ever be the same for these families. It will over time perhaps get better, but it will always be a part of their history.”

[Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET]  A  family member of suspected shooter Adam Lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

[Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET]  Despite earlier reports that said she was a teacher, Nancy Lanza, the suspect's mother, was not a teacher at the school where the killings took place, said Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not much is known about the suspect's mother or the suspect Adam Lanza.  In September 2009 - when Adam Lanza was 17 - his mother and father divorced, court documents show. What happened after that for him, what caused the shootings that has shocked the nation, isn't clear.

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] Aimee Seaver, the mother of a first-grade girl at Sandy Hook and a fifth-grader who attends a different school, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her children are having trouble dealing with what happened.

"It's a very rough night here," she said. "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."

Her younger daughter has asked a lot of questions about Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed.

“She got wind very quickly that something was wrong with our principal, which we didn’t tell her till just now that yes, she was definitely hurt and it wasn’t good," Seaver said. "It’s taking her a while. I think tomorrow will probably be harder for her.

“I also have a fifth-grader who came off the bus crying because she … had a sister who she was worried about, and … just basically left that school a few months ago. I think for a lot of those kids, they kind of are a little older and can get it a little bit faster, even though they weren’t in it.

“So the questions, I think, are coming. They’re not here, yet, especially for the littler ones. It started as I put them to bed tonight, the questions.”

[Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET] Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at the school, says she locked her classroom doors and to keep her students calm read them a story until the police came.

Vollmer, her 19 students and the adult helpers in her classroom were not injured.

"You could hear what sounded like pops, gunshots. Of course, I’m not going to tell that to 5-year-olds, so I said to them, ‘We’re going over in a safe area,'" Vollmer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And we read a story and we kept them calm, did a lockdown drill, closed the doors, locked (them), covered the windows, and kept the children with us.”

She said the children knew something unusual was going on.

“It didn’t seem a natural thing (to the children), although we do practice drills," Vollmer said. "We said, ‘We’re not really sure, but we’re going to be safe, because we’re sitting over here and we’re all together.’”

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  1. TvNyC

    Sad day in Newtown, ct

    December 15, 2012 at 6:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • BIG DONG

      The local funeral home is loving it, ca ching $$$$$

      December 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    Sad day in this whole world. lets all pray for these young souls... the people that were killed are in heaven now. They are with God I promise you on that. as far as the gun laas go, either ban them completely or give everybody guns. this way your only half jobbin it.

    December 15, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cncdaddy

      This is an unimaginable tragedy but why pray now? Shouldn't "god" have prevented this senseless massacre? The grand design argument isn't very compelling at the moment I'm afraid. This was not now and never will be for th best.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Are all the victims in heaven? what if they weren't all baptized? What if they weren't from christian families and didn't accept christ as their savior? What if they were muslim or jewish or hindu or buddhist or zoroastarian? It would be nice to believe that the good and the innocent go to heaven and the evil go to hell, but I don't think that's actually what your bible says.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Chri

      @cncdaddy – God isn't allowed in schools

      December 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • RBS

      lots of trolls out today

      December 15, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ciroc2323

      @ Cnc Daddy

      What you don't know makes you who are. God is not to blame for the sins perpetrated by a madman. God gave us all free will. Some choose to live within the rules, others strike out in horror.
      Take your ignorance and get off the internet.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne LaPierre: The Murderer's Enabler

      So you're saying that your all-powereful "God" can't stop actions like this, only console the victims? Doesn't sound so almighty to me.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DaRenda

    I have been watching CNN this morning since 4:30 a about the tragedy at Sandy Hook. I am so tired of hearing about the shooter, what his name is, how many guns his mother had signed for, where he lived, what kind of person he was, on & on. Can we discuss the innocent people that died & how can we prevent this in the future? Thank you

    December 15, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John john

      I understand your point, but please realize that part of preventing this in the future is trying to understand why this 20 year old did this and who he is.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Please lock up your weapons.
      One of the victims was killed with her own gun(s).
      Other victims were killed with those weapons.
      Please learn from this tragedy.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      @ John john...Trying to understand is impossible. People can ban all of the guns they want, ban anything they deem unnecessary to society or unfit for society and people will still kill people. They have been doing it since the beginning of mankind and will continue to up until the end of mankind.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rac

    This whole thing makes me mad that this 20 year old would do such a thing. But no I am even angry over the fact that one family member said he had might had a form of Autism. Was he diagnosed with it is my question. I have two autistic children and for a statement to be made that he has autism without an official diagnoses is just labeling Autistic children and adults as trouble makers. Until the media has proof that he had autism, then this should have never been said without facts, because it gives the Autistic people a bad rep.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      i agree. When I first heard them say it, I said, "I hope they know that for sure before they just put it out there!". I am the mother of a 20 year old with Asperger's and i find it irresponsible to put what one person says out there.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I totally agree with you Rac and Kelly, I'm appalled that the media is reporting that that "creature" (doesn't deserve to be called a person) might have been autistic. Reporters are all jumping on the band wagon to just throw whatever info they can get their hands on into their reporting, regardless of accuracy or implications. So many will read this and think "oh my god he was autistic", without even understanding the meaning of the word. The media is disgusting.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • MomOTriplets

      What does him having a form of "Autism" have anything to do with what he did? If the media were to say "He had some form of being black" they would be ostracized for it.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      I agree with FatherOf2. Parents of children with disabilities are so quick to raise the "they're not all like that" or "you don't understand" defense. Sounds a lot like another issue facing this country that goes undiscussed for these very reasons.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • aspie mom

      As a mom of an adult, brilliant, loving, successful son with Asperger's, a form of autism, who has never shown any violent tendencies, I am concerned to see such a statement. My understanding of the research on people with Asperger's is that committing of any type of crime is EXTREMELY rare. My own observations are that folks with Aspergers and other forms of autism are busy in their inner world. The motive and planning and act of murder requires emotions and energy directed toward the outside world. While this is true of folks with Asperger's, it is likely more true for those with other forms of autism who are more severely affected.

      I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm saying it's rare, and it would be unjust for the public to begin to fear autistic people because the media has associated them with an uncharacteristic heinous act.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • MrBigStuff

      I teach autistic students every day and they're all very intelligent and polite kids. Their social skills might be a little unusual but that's it. CNN is plastering this "autism" diagnosis all over its headlines so that people have something to grasp act to make sense of this tragedy ."Why would someone do this?" "Oh well ok he's autistic" I'm sure as soon as they make a psuedo-diagnosis of the Clackamas Mall Shooter in Oregon, they'll paste that all over the website too.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Autism is not a mental illness or a personality disorder. It is neurological and has nothing to do with this situation. I believe that the family member (who spoke to the media) does not understand autism. I also can't believe that a woman in a small rural New England town would have all of those weapons. Something is very strange about all of this.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • pdenorte

      "A form of autism"? Given the fad to proliferate diagnostic synonyms for every conceivable problem, personality disorder, behavioral shortcoming or personal quirk, that could mean anything from he had a serious developmental problem, to he had a bad temper, to he was simply a nasty, maladjusted snark. Is this a mechanism to deflect responsibility from the individual for their actions and choices?

      December 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lilie

    let's pray for all the children staff father and family of this poor soul, adam lanza. let's do something about all the mentally and emotionally afected children let' pay attention to them, i am sure this is not the last we have seen..

    December 15, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ciroc2323

      Ill pray that Adma Lanza has a special place in hell.

      I'll reserve my sincere prayers for the innocent people and precious, beautiful children he murdered without cause.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chad

    All you people need to understand people kill people not the guns. I know for a fact none of my cuns can walk or talk or have a brain to pull their own trigger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet

      Yes, people kill people, but Chad why do we have to make it so EASY for people to get guns? Who needs 3 guns in their home? Why are we not doing background checks on people who buy the guns?
      I trust that your guns are all locked up and not accessible to anyone but you.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Angelo

      Yes, Chad, guns don't kill people; people kill people. But usually people kill people with guns.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • sarafina

      yes but yesterday 20 students were also attacked elsewhere in the world with a knife – and they all LIVED- so easy access to guns does kill

      December 15, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • vancouverron

      Chad...I don't deny your right to keep cuns, I only want a ban on guns.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Ok, we have all heard the NRA propaganda now many more times than we care to count. It's time to wake up.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • gdecamp

      Biological weapons probably don't kill people either, its the guys who drop them on their victims. So why are they banned?

      Stupid argument really.

      December 15, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dadomac

      his pro-gun logic is distorted. Why do you think the rest of the world do not want anymore nations to develop nuclear weapons if these weapons don't trigger themselves? You say people with mental issue is the problem , not guns. But everyone, at some points in one's life experiences highs and lows. Ant that include people with guns. When will you ever learn?

      December 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Do you have that "guns don't kill people" line saved into autotext? Since that's all I ever hear from 2nd Amendmenters, I hope you're not expending the energy to just type that stupid line over and over.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • KWALT

      Gun Control is not the answer no matter how much you guys say it is..these nut jobs will still kill people they will just find another way to do the job. I agree there should possibly be more screening and background checks..I myself come from a family of hunters and we have around 20 to 30 different guns..

      December 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Please lock up your weapons.
      One of the victims was killed with her own gun(s).
      Other victims were killed with weapons a person like you furnished.
      Please learn from this tragedy.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MaddieD

      Chad, are you trying to be facetious? What exactly is your point? That guns are innocuous devices and as a society we shouldn't be worried about the easy access to them? The bottom line is that people who own guns do put themselves and others at risk when they do not properly secure them. Guns should be treated as the deadly things they are and access to them should be strictly controlled. If individuals are unwilling or unable to do so, then the government needs to step in so with laws that seriously encourage people to be responsible gun owners or they lose their right to own a gun. Why does anyone need to own assault weapons anyway?

      December 15, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pdenorte

      I've attached all mine to autonomous central processing units so they can shoot anything that moves in my house all on their own. Get with the times, bro. I'm still working on the 'LIberal Selectivity Algorithm'.....

      December 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lordnimrond

      Yeah,...and that's why Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons, because its not thermonuclear warheads that kill people,...it's people that kill people...

      December 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stop

    CNN – if you have any decency – close the message boards on these stories. This is a terrible time for families that went to bed last night without their children. This is not a time for people to post anything – I don't care if its prayers or hate. Close the message boards down on all stories related to this horrific event and do the right thing. Don't just go for the drama card like always. It's not right.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pdenorte

      Ban guns 1st, then ban free speech. That will work. We'll be disarmed, and silent. If I'm in charge, I like that solution!

      December 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      A better solution would be for YOU to turn off your TV and computer and take a long walk.No matter the extent of this or any tragic event,people will post stupid things on the internet.Are you really that surprised?

      December 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LittleQueen

    I wish more people would comment from logic, not just emotion.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debra

      There is no logic explanation for this. As long as the NRA and people believe that people kill not guns than it will continue to go on. I don't think our forefathers wrote this thinking that their school kids would be shot at. We are so worried about terroism and fear when we keep doing the killing ourselves. England requires the public to turn in their weapons. How many bodies of American Children will it take before we wake up?

      December 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • pdenorte

      Logic, from this generation? Surely you jest!

      December 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      Wishing is emotional desperation. You need to loose all humanity in order to become one of the Romney race. The one that has abandoned all feelings and only calculate its money.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DYWLF

    For those atheists among us, fine, crawl away and wimper, but at least have the decency to leave alone those of us who believe. In their darkest hour people of faith should be free of PC ranting, at least for a little while.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dee Milam

      You need to re-read your bible..specifically Acts and all of Paul's writings. We are GUARANTEED that at these trying times is WHEN the enemy attacks the worst.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • lordnimrond

      I'll leave all the crawling, whimpering, kneeling and whining to those who fear their supposed loving god...

      December 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    Why is the fact that this person may have had autism relevant – and especially a headline? People with autism are not violent or psychotic and are much more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators. Please stop spreading fear about something that has nothing to do with these killings.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. sarafina

    This person wanted to do something heinous, notorious and so shocking that it would be all over the news. Alarms shouls have sounded as soon as the window was broken or a shot was fired, then classes locked down.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Veritas

    This nation is nuts. Why is it possible for a mother of mentally unhealthy children to have her house full of automatic guns? Gun control now!

    December 15, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck

      There were no automatic weapons involved

      December 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    This "form of autism" statement is completely irrelevant. Violence is not associated with Autism. (At least) 0.2% of the population has Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism). That's 600,000 people. Only this one dude decided to shoot 27 people because he was mad at his mom.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JMRaider

      How do you know he was angry at his mother?

      December 15, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    This "form of autism" statement is completely irresponsible. Violence is not associated with Autism. (At least) 0.2% of the population has Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism). That's 600,000 people. Only this one dude decided to shoot 27 people because he was mad at his mom.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dave

    Here is what wikipedia has to say about a form of autism: "The hypothesis that individuals with Asperger's Syndrome are predisposed to violent or criminal behavior has been investigated but is not supported by data."

    December 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
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