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. Michael

    How dare the media begin this pathway towards centering this around Autism. As a father of a beautiful autistic child who has been crying since hearing this story, it infuriates me to awake this morning to discover the media interjecting this into the story. When will America realize that we are as unsophisticated as we were in 1861. However, instead of men fighting on the battlfield over unyeilding and uncompromising politics, today it is the children, the mentally ill, and so many other vulnerable populations that will suffer the plight of our inability to yield to a greater good.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chan

      I understand your pain. Media and lobby groups will try to balme on everything else, but GUNS. In the end "THEY" will be willing to even quarantine mentally ill or autistic people, but "THEY" dont want to give up GUNS. Whither world!!!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      This whole story needs to be removed, it is irresponsible to link his autism to this shooting.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Don't look at it that way. The media want answers - as do the rest of us - so they are presenting all bits of information they learn as they it. Some of the information is even shown later to be false. The autism information is just something they learned - it's not being linked to violence, but it does give information about the shooter.

      Sometimes they mention that a shooter was married or had kids... do you think that all marriage causes shootings when you read that? Or even that some marriages are dangerous? No - and pretty much nobody is thinking that about autism right now, either. They just want to understand how someone could do this - they want to understand the shooter's mind.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • AA

      As a mom of a son with autism, I applaud your comment. My heart fell as I read the CNN excerpt stating the shooter had a form of autism. As parents of children on the autism spectrum, we battle daily to ensure that our children receive the best education, therapy, treatment from others, etc... I can only pray this doesn't create a backlash of ignorant fear against this population.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I just sat and watched the female reporter from CNN try to go on and on about gun control. Is this an issue that needs looked at? yes, but does it need looked at right now. Right now when the parents and community are trying to grieve and grapple for answers. The only thing that she did was try to incite anger and blame. It leaves a vile, filthy taste in your mouth and soul when someone that is supposed to be reporting the news tries to sensationalize such a tragedy. She has taken the time that should be used to relate facts into a session to raise fear and rage! it is also very suprising o me when you switch the channel to HLN, there is responsible journalism!!!! Thank you for this.
      The nation needs to turn to God and love to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy before trying to go on personal crusades to get their feelings out there.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • A Joseph

      Absolutely disgraceful, irresponsible, to report, based on hear-say, that the shooter "may" had a form of autism. This could have major ramifications for many families fighting every day to help children with autism, especially if a negative, yet unfounded, perception arises from even the mention of autism being affiliated with this tragedy.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      First of all I want to say that my prayers are with everyone in this Connecticut community where the unthinkable has occurred. I wholeheartedly agree with Micheal. I am a kindergarten teacher in a rural town in NY. I have an autistic son, and have had autistic children in my class. They are most certainly capable of empathy. It is extremely irresponsible of the media to even mention the term autism until they have verified with this boy's doctors that he was in fact diagnosed. Just because an uncle says it, does not mean it is true. Even if it were the case, there are no two people with this diagnosis that are the same, ever. This careless journalism is going to cause a lot of people to get the very wrong impression of what autism is, and what it isn't. It breaks my heart.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • GAW

      The media is supposed to present facts (albeit at times biased in its interpretation) Sometimes those facts rub us the wrong way particularity since we are still trying to process this event. Hopefully qualification on this issue can be made in the near future to show that the vast number of those who are autistic or who have related issues are not a danger to others. But as I wish to state again facts don't necessarily equal interpretation. In the midst of this emotional event its easy to get the both contused.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul H

    Was there a second shooter? Reports at first mentioned a man in black and camo being taken from the woods nearby into custody. He came out shouting, " I did not do it" to parents nearby. Also a video of a boy mentioning seeing a man face down in handcuffs as he was going to the firehouse.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • charles

      the second shooter will never be known. just like Aurora

      December 15, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      The "second shooter" was actually his older brother being led off in hand cuffs. He is not suspected to have had any involvement.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul H

      Multiple news outlets at the time reported a man being taken into custody at the seen of the crime from the woods. He was seen by parents and students. It was not his brother.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • GAW

      Second shooter? I really really hope that conspiracy nuts don't latch onto this and run with it. It usually redirects the issue away from the tragedy and towards a bunch of 'know it alls' who want to tell us this was an inside job meant to bring on gun control.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul H

      I agree Gaw. I was just curious if anyone else heard CBS reporting someone being taken from the woods, which they did.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Somebody needs to remind the media networks that this is, first and foremost, a tragedy. It amazes me how they tear apart these stories without regard for the subject matter – sort of like vultures to a carcass.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      and spreading rumor and innuendo rather than information.

      Lock up your weapons.
      Don't scapegoat children.
      Don't spread gossip.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • RBS

      Exactly, Dave. I have never in my 45 years been as disgusted with the media as I am today.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Chan

      Don't agree with you. Media trying to provide as much info. as possible to the concerned citizens. It's a difficult situation. Media has no agenda here.. Don't imagine things...

      December 15, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Not all of the media is trying to sensationalize this story but many are. Reporting news should be centered on fact not conjecture and a million what ifs. When the parents, the community and the world want answers to what happened, there is NO REASON for the news media to try to make the audience go off into twenty different directions on what ifs that have no basis in fact. I agree with RBS. it is disgusting what is being discussed on the "news" right now.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • GAW

      Yes there is at times an amoral nature to the news media. In order to get information you have to suspend genuine sympathy and put on a mask in order to be the first to get the nitty gritty on a story.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Many people cannot filter out the wrong information.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Spreading innuendo and misinformation has terrible effects.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      I long for the days of responsible journalism,

      December 15, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa

    Using wikipedia as a source of information regarding Autism (especially for something this serious) is irresponsible. Even middle school students know using wiki isn't accepted as a credible source to cite information for research.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      It is better than what is written in these comment.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Denise

    I think that we should encourgage a national day of mourning where everyone attends a church of their choice with their family. I don't care what religious denomination or even if a person is an athiest. Just spend a day with a common purpose to look out for each other and care about other people. Better yet, establish a permanent, purposeful "Family Day" where families all over the country spend the day doing something with their families. Businesses close for the day, no special "sales events", just love your family members.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • SDK

      Yup – let's pray for strength and comfort to the God that had this demise planned for the children. Makes sense to me.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • brittany

      God didn't plan this. People have a free will don't they? everyone dies, and not everyone can be saved. However, God will bring some good out of this suffering. While is so very heart breaking that their lives were cut short, they will no longer suffer in this failing world. God can bring mental peace and comfort for those who have have faith and want it. I pray for that mental peace and comfort for all of the loved ones of those who have passed, including the shooter's family, because they are grieving as well. Also for those who have witnessed such terrors, especially the children who didn't close their eyes as they walked passed the bodies. It's terrible all around, but blame cannot be placed on God when it was a person who had their very own free will that he gave everyone who shot them.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom in Wheaton

    Every time there is an airplane crash, there is an investigation and the root causes are addressed with new regulations, new training procedures and engineering changes, if warranted. With massacres like this, none of this happens. Instead we get nuts from the NRA saying things like, "if teachers were armed, this wouldn't have happened". Well, this guy's mother was a teacher and she was armed. She was killed with her own gun. When was the last time you heard of an armed citizen actually stopping a massacre? And don't give me the crap about some convenience-store cleark blowing away a kid stealing a slushy...

    December 15, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Skye

      Yea – that look at the source... The AZ, CO and now this shooting all point to people that are not all together there.. They have mental issues... So why are we looking at the guns and NOT GETTING THESE PEOPLE HELP!! Have ypou ever tried to get an adult with mental isues help when they don't want it?? It's next to impossible until they hurt someone! By that time it's too late... Like plan crashes – lets look at the SOURCE and not the tools used... BTW – Look up BATH, MI 1927 – he didn't use guns but he still KILLED KIDS AT SCHOOL! Look at the SOURCE of the problem!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Excellent comment.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • TSB8C

      His mom was not a teacher. The man appears to have mental issues. You are right that we need to investigate the root cause, and that is not access to guns. The chosen tool is the reason for the attack. Whether it family issues (broken home in 2009), economic woes, mental health issues, whatever, that real root cause needs to be found and addressed in our society. And it also appears that his mother should have had her guns locked up as already required by law.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • YES NO

      She was not a teacher.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • swh

      We don't know if she was armed... and yes, the guns are being reported as registered in her name but she could have purchased them for him or loaned them to him. She, however is ultimately responsible for the guns – who she gives them to or where she secures them. Please take care of your guns! Come on people!

      December 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CYBERSEAL 75R

      Tom,
      Those children and teachers were killed in a Gun Free Zone. They were completely defenseless. The perpetrator knew it was a Gun Free Zone, but he still went to the school and murdered these people. How dare he violate the law and carry a gun into a school. You are not very pragmatic about this Tom, criminals DO NOT OBEY THE LAW. Bottom line- there are no laws that would have prevented this. Why do police carry guns? Primarily to protect themselves. If those teachers had been armed, this might have been a completely different outcome.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Geoffrey

    Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about this horrible incident. When you cannot protect your children from evil. We need a security officer in every single school no matter the cost.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • RBS

      We don't need a security officer in every single school, or movie theater, etc. Typical knee jerk reaction.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • WeAreResponsible

      Brings tears to my eyes too..everyone is looking for someone to blame and we as adults all across the nation have noone to blame but ourselves. We are responsible for protecting our children of America and we failed, we failed as parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, government officials, every capacity as an adult WE failed these children. Its time for us to stand and never allow this to happen again no matter what it takes no matter whose feathers we ruffle or how many waves we make, a tidal wave is overdue in this nation. To every child I am sorry we as adults did not protect you from the horrors of yesterday..As one adult I promise to stand for your safety and do what I can to make a change.

      T

      December 15, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    Neither Autism, nor guns are to blame for this mass murder. This is the action of a mentally unstable individual, period.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Congress is useless

      then you're only partially right. Gun where designed to Kill, point blank end of discussion.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dot

      You are very right!

      December 15, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    I own guns for sport and self defense. My guns are not accessible to anyone but myself and my wife. I really wish we all could stop arguing about our personal beliefs on firearms and take some time to pray for the families and loved ones that are living this nightmare. The root cause is not a firearm or mental condition. We have let our country get out of control. Our children can't go outside and play or ride bikes around our neighborhoods without being kidnapped and now our elementary schools aren't safe. How did we get to the point where we have to place metal detectors and armed guards in our schools. Why do 8 year old children have to go to school in a medium security prison. We have to take responsibility for raising our children with morals. Teach them right from wrong at home. It is easy to blame a gun or a disorder but the fact is someone failed the shooter and created this monster. Now 20 children have paid the price.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge T

      Mr. Rick, I do defend your right for hunting/sport and posses a gun for that but I also demand more regulations to own guns for self-defense like having a M-16 for that purpose. Don't you think that is Reasonable and doable in this country of us??

      December 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I have no problem with regulations. I have nothing to hide. I just think we need to focus on the real issue.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jorge T

    This horrible masacre could be prevented if we had strong regulations to acquire guns, especially semi-automatic weapons ands more than ponce pistol or revolver and how come so much ammunition. All because, in this country c you can buy whatever gun/weapon/ammunition you want without regulations that prevent even an autisitic young man to do it. We are at the mercy of anybody with any kind emotional instability to do horrible harm to even little and beautiful children. This is UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

    December 15, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    All over the media and press its being reported that Americans are searching for answers to this heinous tragedy. Well, at least the CIA has all the answers at their disposal. For example, the CIA has a list of names of all the defiant, stubborn coward gun advocates in congress and in the NRA, their place of residence, where their kids go to school and where their wives go shopping. All the CIA has to do is equip Bradley Manning with a computer and the hard drive and then see how fast these right wing MF's come to their senses and get serious about gun control in this country.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      "All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately ... The SS,
      SA and Stahlhelm give every responsible opportunity of campaigning with
      them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above-named
      organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon ...
      must be regarded as an enemy of the national government."

      SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    I see that is is stated that the shooter had autism. REALLY, how many young autistic adults do this. He clearly had mommy issues and wanted to destroy something she represented. This was pre planned and calcuated. You have to analyze what the individual did just prior. Dressed in battle dress, eliminating his victims somewhat systematically, then "leaving' the way most of the cowards do. Let's not use "mental illness" as a crutch, it is not doing anyone any good anyways. We do a better job at protecting America at the threat of terrorism that homeland attacks from within. maybe we should redefine what that is now.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Vicki

    Someone needs to tell Soledad that if a person has Asberger's he can be violent.

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

      Of course people with Asberger's can be violent. So can other people, and just as often. The only people who can't be violent are those who are in a vegetative state.

      Autism DOES inform us about the shooter and his mindset. But it is not a causal element.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Autism does not inform you about his mindset. Its a neurological disorder not a mental one. In my grandsons case...he is speech delayed. Being labeled autistic does not give me insight into his mindset. That would be like saying your blonde and blue eyed so now I know how you think.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Max Johnson

    Most people who commit these violent crimes are out-of-work. Should we start fearing all the unemployed now?

    December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • raquel

      Well this shooter was a well of young kid, I do not believe that his financial situation motivated him to do those things. He was mentally disturbed. I believe that if he had job, he might have killed his co workers also, who knows?

      December 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      now that is really a stupid statement!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neillk

    1) Get the smiling, jocular channel 12 press team idiots out of shot while we wait for the press conference to start. Shame.
    2) Look to what happened after Dunblane in Scotland. Total ban on anything other than a hunting gun which you could only have if you had land/job/necessity for the rifle. Return all guns which you are financially compensated for IF you wish to receive.
    3) Mental health argument is a political move. Only.
    4) If you choose not to do #2 above then armed guards outside each school searching all trying to gain access to the school.
    5) FINALLY Soledad has a good go at one of these fools in charge...congress is a joke.

    America is still learning but still has a chance to lead on this. Please do not take the (normal) arrogant stance that you know better.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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