December 17th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Connecticut governor backs stricter gun control

– First funerals for two of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are Monday
– Six adults and the shooter are also dead after shootings on Friday morning
– Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
Gunman Adam Lanza had assault rifle magazines that held 30 bullets each, police said
Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old

[Update 5:45 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Monday allowing Newtown to send its schoolchildren to Chalk Middle School in the town of Monroe so the children won't have to return to the scene of Friday's massacre of students and teachers.

[Update 4:01 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy supports stricter federal gun control, Malloy said during a press conference Monday in Hartford.

"Do I think Washington, D.C., needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun-control laws at the federal level? You bet I do," he told reporters.

Malloy, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the funeral Monday of Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in Friday's shooting.

During the press conference, Malloy called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, exactly one week after the deadly school shooting.

[Update 3:58 p.m. ET] Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday a plan to review school safety in Virginia.

[Update 3:52 p.m. ET] The U.S. Postal Service has established an address where people can send letters of condolence to the people of Newtown, the service's Maureen Marion tells CNN. Here is the address:

Message of Condolence
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

[Update 2:43 pm ET] According to a judgment filed in 2009, the parents of gunman Adam Lanza divorced because of  "irreconcilable difference,"  "as a result of which the marriage of the parties has broken down irretrievably."

Peter Lanza was ordered to pay Nancy Lanza alimony this year of $289,800. The order also required Peter Lanza to
pay the cost of both of the couple's two children's four-year college educations and graduate school programs, pay for Adam Lanza's car and maintain a $3 million life insurance policy naming his ex-wife as beneficiary.

[Update 1:58 pm ET] Investigators are searching smashed computer parts for clues that might shed light on the Connecticut school shooting, including e-mails gunman Adam Lanza might have sent and websites he might have visited, a law enforcement official said Monday. CNN's Carol Cratty reports that the official did not know how many computers were seized from the home where Lanza lived, but the official thinks there was more than one. A second law enforcement official said investigators had removed computers from the house, but would not comment on their condition.

[Update 1:49 pm ET] Sandy Hook Elementary gunman Adam Lanza took classes at Western Connecticut State University at age 16, school spokesman Paul Steinmetz told CNN's Josh Levs on Monday.

Lanza had a GPA of 3.26 with an A in a computer class, an A-minus in American history and a B in macroeconomics, Steinmetz said. He dropped German and computer science classes.

Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009, Steinmetz said.

[Update 1:33 pm ET] Gun violence such as the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting is a "complex problem," and "no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address" it, White House spokesman Jay Carney says.

[Update 1:05 pm ET] Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.  The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January. Read the full story.

[Update 1:01 pm ET] Connecticut police say the investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings will take a substantial  amount of time. No more briefings are scheduled for Monday, they said.

[Update 12:56 pm ET] There was no connection between Sandy Hook Elementary School and the gunman who opened fire there last week, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday, citing school authorities in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Update 9:56 am ET]  Investigators will examine every round fired during Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday. Twenty-six people were killed in the school and most were shot multiple times, police have said.

[Update 9:45 am ET] Two adults who were wounded in Friday's school shooting in Connecticut survived, State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday. The adults "suffered gunshot wounds and are recovering," he said.

[Update 9:42 a.m. ET] Officials will reopen schools other than Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on Tuesday, state police say. Sandy Hook may be closed for months.

[Update  9:36 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook Elementary School will remain closed indefinitely as the investigation continues, state police tell a news conference today.

[Update 6:34 a.m. ET] School shooting fears spread Sunday to Bristol, Connecticut, about 30 miles from Newtown, police are saying today. They said they arrested a juvenile on Sunday for allegedly making a threat against Bristol Central High School, but police Lt. Jack Michaud said no one was ever in any danger.

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  1. invisleg

    If/until experts can conclusively rule out nuture/environment; a diagnosis of mental illness has become nothing more than a justification for bad choices and a subduer of guilt.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. hcl

    wow, sounds like the mother was a very greedy woman! her exhusband could have died mysteriously. all those funds plus $3 mil of life insurance! the gent can now sleep peacefully now. bet he had lived in fear.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sup

      You're an idiot, the life insurance policy is there to replace the $289,000 per year she would no longer receive.

      December 18, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hide Behindp

    Here is an idea that might work not just domesticly but internalionaly as well. Being as how t for the last 40 years the US with many european nations being complicit and or profiting from those killings; With our neighbor to our north being one of the most profitable benefactors of our killing lets just outlaw being Dutch French german swiss nowegian australian British Figi and all the ex sovietbloc nations as well.

    December 18, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. WillOfTheWisp

    Why are people so concerned with the 2nd amendment anyway? Freedom of speech, as well as many other rights, have already been violated by the government. You can't verbally assault a police officer, or shout fire in a movie theater. The government has already violated the peoples rights, and it they want to, they'll do it agian.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Michael

    Instead of infringing on the 2nd amendment right to bear arms, there needs to be stricter control of bullet production/sales especially with automatic and semi-automatic weapons. This seems to be the weapon of choice for all the wacko's who are drawn to large crowds of helpless victims.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. the prophet

    Why

    December 18, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ronvan

    GUN CONTROL: YES, one part of the problem! WE are gun crazy! WHY is it that , assault type rifles, have become the thing to have? There is NO reason to own these types of weapons! YES, I have heard all of the EXCUSES for owning them, but that is all it is, EXCUSES! MENTAL ILLNESS: YES, another part of the problem! However, I can personally say that the system is full of holes and is NOT working! I have a grand son, diagnosed as bi polar. He has been thrown out of EVERY school he has attended! Including pre K! Fighting, kicking, racial slurs, physical attacks, you name it. He is now 19! He has beaten his mother, assaulted others and police officers. ALL efforts to have him put in a home for treatment and medication has FAILED! THEY say he is OK? Today he is on his own, walking the streets. A time bomb waiting to go off! How many cases like this are walking around our country?

    December 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve Wilson

      AT last a person who shows a lot of common sence . I realy feel for the situation you are in, I find it very sad the a nation the likes of America can not look after there most vunerable people and you are left feeling you have no where to turn. A socitey should be measured by the compassion it shows to its most vuerable. As far as guns are concerned and reading previous posts there seems to be an opinion that guns are required to defend themselves against fellow citizens , now that is what i call a socitey that is sick and the reason for having an assault wepon is a form of arms race ( i have a bigger gun than you )

      December 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*mom of three

    Your looking.g for someone to blame...blame his mother...not the president...this is not

    December 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*mom of three

      This has nothing to do with politics...and if someone starts killing with a kitchen knife...would we need stricter laws for that too?

      December 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*mom of three

      How about no injured or dead children...how about not keeping guns in the house where children can find them...stricter gun laws won't stop someone from getting a gun...special needs or not

      December 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ronvan

    WOW, when you read some of these comments you can see why our country is in the toilet! This unspeakable tragedy happened in OUR country, where WE expect, because we think we are above it, that something like this would never happen! OUR society has NO common sense when it comes to weapons. WE are gun crazy! We make EXCUSES continually for WHY we need them. WE scream that having more weapons will make us safer. WE listen to those BIG companies that beat us up as to why we should own guns, but forget that they are in the business of making MONEY!

    December 19, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Frank

    Millions of Americans lose their lives everyday due to Senseless Acts of Violence. My cousin was a victim of the Beltway DC Sniper Attacks in 2002. How much Senseless can you get ? Now all of a sudden its a big issue to stop gun control in the wake of young kids being gunned down in Connecticut. Give me a break !!

    December 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Margeret

      Would it be fair to say that Minorities are killed in Senseless Acts everyday. We dont go to the extreme to prevent another one from taking place.....right ?? The fact remains, the only reason why the government wants action is that those kids where WHITE in Newtown, CT and we cant have that happening in America.

      December 21, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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