December 14th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre

  • 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
  • Suspect's mother, Nancy Lanza, found dead in suspect’s home in Newtown, law enforcement source says
  • Ryan Lanza, 24, older brother of Adam Lanza, questioned by police but not labeled a suspect, three law enforcement officials say
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. You also can read our story of the Connecticut school shooting

[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.’”

When asked how she kept cool, she said: “With 5-year-olds, you can’t lose it. I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s my 18th year of teaching. My job was to keep them safe."

"After we got down to the firehouse, later on, as a lot of the events started to unfold throughout the day  I think some of (the children) realized the magnitude of what was going on.," she said. "They saw other people upset. We just held them close until their parents came and we released them.”

[Updated at 8:58 p.m. ET] Denise Correia says her daughter, a Sandy Hook Elementary second-grader who was not injured, heard the gunshots from the classroom she was in. The girl, while talking about the shooting with Correia, has been mentioning slain principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung "quite a lot."

"I think everyone's coping as best as they possibly can," Correia told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I'm letting her talk. She's mentioned quite a bit about the principal, who many of us have worked with. I adored her. I worked with her personally with my business. That is one person I know we have lost on a personal level."

Correia said she has heard that her daughter's teacher, when the gunfire started, grabbed two kids from the hallway, put them into her classroom with other students, locked the door and gathered the students to a side of the room away from the gunfire. "She did a very heroic thing," Correia said of the teacher.

"The kids are going to suffer from this," Correia said. "... We lost a lot of babies today in this town, and there are a lot of very sad families."

[Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET] One injured victim, a female employee of the school, is "doing well," Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

[Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET] The public release of the victims' names may come on Saturday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance says.

Vance said investigators have made preliminary identifications of the bodies, and that they've notified the appropriate families. But investigators want to make final, positive identifications before releasing the names to the media.

"It's a horrific scene," Vance said. "Between our mutual experience, we've never seen anything like this."

Vance said the next briefing from state police would be at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

[Updated at 7:48 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, says her thoughts and prayers are with the families.

"This really hits close to home," said DeLauro, who said she is visiting her grandchildren in Washington, D.C. "These beautiful young angels who had so much to live for - and it seems so senseless. Unthinkable that this could happen ,but it has, and now, as the president said, we come together, we wrap our arms around these families and hold them close to our hearts."

[Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET] Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered his prayers for the families of those affected by the Connecticut shooting, according to a release from the group.

The shooting "wrenches the hearts of all people," he said.

"Once again we speak against the culture of violence infecting our country even as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace at Christmas," Dolan said. "All of us are called to work for peace in our homes, our streets and our world, now more than ever.”

Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins other people outside the White House in Washington, D.C., to participate in a vigil to remember the Connecticut school shooting on Friday.

[Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET] A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says the three guns found at the shooting site were legally purchased by Nancy Lanza, the mother of the suspect in the shooting.

According to the law enforcement official, the Glock and Sig Sauer handguns were found inside the school with the deceased gunman. The Bushmaster was found in a car outside the school. The official did not know if the car was registered to the gunman, to his mother or to someone else.

The official echoed what other law enforcement officials have told CNN: That Adam Lanza was the suspected gunman, and that he died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

[Updated at 6:44 p.m. ET] Three U.S. law enforcement officials, from different agencies, separately tonight identified the suspected shooter as Adam Lanza, contrary to what investigators had said previously. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators.

His older brother, Ryan, was taken into custody for general questioning from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey. Officials did not label Ryan Lanza as a suspect. It is unclear when he may be released.

One of the officials say Adam’s father was also taken in for similar questioning. There is no indication that the father will be charged. The official noted the father has remarried and lives with his new wife in a residence in the general area of Connecticut not too far from where his ex-wife lived.

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators at the scene as they piece together exactly what happened and when. She says she’s learned that the mother of the suspected shooter, Nancy Lanza, was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown.

“Earlier we had information that she was found in the classroom. However, now I’m being told that in fact her body was found at the suspect's residence," Candiotti said. "We don't know whether she also lived there. We also don't know the timeline - when was she killed? Was she killed before the shooting began at the school? These are the things that authorities are still trying to piece together.”

[Updated at 6:02 p.m. ET] "Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy just told reporters in Newtown. "And it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut - we're all in this together.

"We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. We will get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and these families."

[Updated at 5:14 p.m. ET] The mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in her son's residence in Newtown, a law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN. CNN had previously identified the mother as Nancy Lanza, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary, according to law enforcement sources.

The source also told CNN there was no body found in the house searched by authorities in Hoboken, New Jersey. Two law enforcement sources say a man was taken away from questioning from that house. He is believed to be the brother of the shooter, according to the sources.

The first law enforcement source says the school shooter was dressed in "black battle fatigues and a military vest."

The Bushmaster .223 found at the scene is a semi automatic weapon, the source says. Two other weapons found were handguns, a Sig-Sauer and a Glock.

[Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET] We just learned that Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be speaking at Treadwell Park in Newtown, Connecticut, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 5:04  p.m. ET] We've just received a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the shooting:

"School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today's heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to every parent, child, teacher, staff member, and administrator at Sandy Hook and the surrounding community. And our thanks go out to every teacher, staff member, and first responder who cared for, comforted, and protected children from harm, often at risk to themselves. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the healing and recovery of Newtown."

[Updated at 5:01  p.m. ET] Law enforcement officials are not prepared to identify the shooter right now, Connecticut State PoliceLt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference.

Vance said that they are working diligently at the crime scene as well as with the medical examiner to identify the victims.

"We will leave no stone unturned," Vance added about the entire investigation.

[Updated at 4:54 p.m. ET] We are now being told there was no body found in the Hoboken, New Jersey, home as had been previously reported.

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] We have learned that Connecticut police have searched the suspected gunman's home and place of employment in the wake of Friday's mass shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

They have also interviewed his friends, relatives and "everyone who possibly had any connection with him whatsoever," he said.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] Police did not discharge their weapons at any time when responding at the school, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. However, he could not confirm whether the suspected shooter - who died at the scene - killed himself, saying that would have to be determined by the medical examiner.

[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Mark Kelly, who's lived through this kind of horror, has issued a statement. He's the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head at a massacre in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011. Here's what he said:

I just woke up in my hotel room in Beijing, China, to learn that another mass shooting has taken place - this time at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.

[Updated at 3:56 p.m. ET] The principal killed was Dawn Hochsprung. We received this photo via

[Updated at 3:54 p.m. ET] Three guns were found at the scene, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports. According to a law enforcement source, the third weapon found on the scene was a .223 Bushmaster. The other weapons, previously reported, are a Glock, and a Sig-Sauer. No word on the models of Glock or Sig-Sauer.

[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] A federal law enforcement source tells CNN's John King the information from the scene is that the shooter arrived and headed directly toward and to his mother’s classroom. That and the other information now emerging - another family member killed, police interviews - lead them to believe his mother was the primary target. But they note he also came armed with clear intention of mass killing.

[Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET] There were a total of 27 people dead at the school, Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said.

Six adults, 20 children and the shooter were killed. Eighteen students were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at the hospital, said Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. The six adults died at the scene.

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance has just said that the shooting took place in one section of the school and in two rooms.

[Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called the mass shooting "a tragedy of unspeakable terms."

"Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," Malloy said, adding that "you can never be prepared for this kind of incident.

"A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children," Malloy said.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET] It appears that another member of the alleged shooter's family is dead. A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says a brother of the alleged shooter was found dead in a home searched in Hoboken, New Jersey. We already knew the suspect's mother was found dead in the elementary school.

(6:43 p.m. ET update - CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown. No brother of the suspect has been found dead, and no one has been found dead in the home in Hoboken, New Jersey, investigators say.)

[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] From the president: "I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation."

The president appears to be emotional, he's wiping his eye.

Here's more of what he's saying:

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.

"That was especially true today.

"I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.

Obama sighed.

"Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost.

"Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago - these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

"This evening Michelle and I will do what every parent in America will do - hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them.

"There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight.

"May God bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] The president will talk soon. You can watch him on our live stream here.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] President Obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims “of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut,” according to a release from the White House.

[Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET] The suspect's mother was shot and killed at the school, according to source close to the investigation. She was a teacher there.

And we now know that Ryan Lanza, the suspected gunman, was 24.

(6:44 p.m. ET update - (Three U.S. law enforcement officials say the suspected gunman was Adam Lanza, not his brother Ryan Lanza as officials had previously said. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators. Ryan Lanza was picked up from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Friday and has been questioned but has not been labeled as a suspect, officials now say. Also, CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown)

[Updated at 3:01 p.m. ET] The principal and guidance counselor at Sandy Hook Elementary School were both killed during the shooting, according to a witness that spoke to CNN.

[Updated at 2:52 p.m. ET] We have just learned via a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner that flags at the U.S. Capitol will be lowered.


[Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET] President Obama will make a statement on the tragedy at 3:15 p.m. ET. We'll have that live on CNN TV and right here.

[Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET] Various locations are being used as staging areas around Newtown. This is outside the Newtown Methodist Church near the school where a woman is hugging a child.

[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET] Federal law enforcement officials have told CNN's John King that the shooting happened quickly and happened in a concentrated area.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Malloy will be in Newtown and talk about the tragedy today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET] We are now hearing from CNN's Mary Snow, who is reporting from outside the suspect's home, that dozens of law enforcement officials are on the scene.

Neighbors are "shaken," Snow said.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m. ET] CNN's Susan Candiotti has just reported that a law enforcement official tells her the suspect is named Ryan Lanza and he is in his 20s.

[Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET] We're hearing even more devastating news out of Newtown, Connecticut. CNN's Susan Candiotti has been told that 18 to 20 of the dead are children.

[Updated at 2:07 p.m. ET] CNN's Jessica Yellin is reporting that we're likely to hear from President Obama today on the school shooting, according to a senior administration official. We don't know when our where we may hear from President Obama.

[Updated at 2:04 p.m. ET] Lisa Procaccini, the parent of an 8-year-old at the school, tells CNN that her daughter said school officials kept her calm during the shooting and told her the loud noise was hammering going on.

Eventually police came in and let her daughter and her teacher leave the school building.

"I'm even kind of numb about what's going on," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I'm in a state of shock. I don't know how Im going to handle having [my daughter] know ... about the whole situation."

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET]  The death toll is closer to 30 than 20, a federal law enforcement source in Washington told CNN's John King.  Most of those killed are children, the source said.

The source also said the suspected gunman, who is dead, had a connection to the school. He would not elaborate on that connection. The source is in touch with authorities on the scene.

[Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET] Congresswoman-elect Elizabeth Esty, who was recently won a seat representing a district that includes Newtown, Connecticut, just released the following statement on the tragedy:

As a mother, I can only begin to imagine what the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary must be experiencing. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy. While details are still emerging, I hope for the safety and well being of the children, teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the Newtown community.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] We have just learned that the suspected shooter is 20-years-old, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 1:47 p.m. ET] A few more details from the White House press briefing earlier. White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not the day to debate gun policy, an assault weapons ban "does remain a commitment" of President Obama.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET]  We are now learning that a male is being questioned by investigators, but he is not being called a suspect, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

[Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said the shooter is dead inside the school.


Vance said there are a number of fatalities that includes both children and adults. He did not add more details about how many people were killed during the school shooting.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] Police have now begun their briefing on the shooting.

[Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET] We're hearing more from the scene of the massacre through tweets and interviews.



[Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET] President Obama has spoken to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy to get the latest information and express his condolences, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

[Updated at 1:21 p.m. ET] We're now hearing that it may be a while for the briefing from the police.

[Updated at 1:17 p.m. ET] This was the scene from the air earlier, taken by News 12 Connecticut, with emergency vehicles in the school parking lot.

[Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET] The police are set to give a news conference soon where we'll learn more. We'll bring that to you as soon as it starts.

[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] Here's the chilling account told to CNN's Meredith Artley of what happened at the school.

[Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET] Many people are talking again about gun control. But White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't joining in for now.

"I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.  There is, I'm sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don't think today is that day.

[Updated at 12:57 p.m. ET] From the News Times reporter at the school:


[Updated at 12:48 p.m. ET] "Close to 20” people have been killed, including at least 10 children, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation says.

[Updated at 12:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has been informed of the school shooting in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said on Friday.

[Updated at 12:27 p.m. ET] The mom who spoke to CNN's Meredith Artley said she heard "at least 100 rounds" being fired.

The shooting began about 9:35 a.m., the parent said. There was a "pop pop pop" in the hall outside the room. Three people went out of the room into the hall where the sounds had come from. "Only one person came back," we were told.

The witness told Artley that she then called 911. She said she never saw the shooter but she later was escorted outside the room past two bodies lying in blood.

[Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET] A third-grader describes the shooting to WTNH:

[Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET] Two adults were killed, according to a parent who was at the school during the incident, and who talked to our colleague Meredith Artley.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We just got this from U.S. Senator-elect Chris Murphy:

"I am shocked and saddened by the horrific news from Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, and I pray that kids, teachers, staff, and families reach safety as quickly as possible. While we don't have much information right now, our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones."

[Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET] The shooter's body is in a classroom, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Multiple local media are reporting there are fatalities. We're checking.

[Updated at noon ET] News Times reporter Libor Jany reports that all Newtown schools are on lockdown.


[Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET] Danbury Hospital confirms it's treating some victims. It says this on its Facebook page:

To date, three patients have been transported to Danbury Hospital from the scene. Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown. This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Connecticut House Rep. John Frey has nieces and a nephew at the school and is tweeting updates.


[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] The dad of a student at the school told CNN affiliate WTNH there were about 600 pupils in the building at the time of the shooting.

[Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET] At least three people were wounded and are in "very serious" condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, that town's mayor, Mark Boughton told CNN. He couldn't say whether the victims were children.

[Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET] Andrew Doba, Director of Communications with Connecticut Governor Malloy's office, says they are  coordinating with local authorities and state police. They continue to monitor developments in Newtown. The governor is in Connecticut today.

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] We're getting live pictures from the scene from CNN affiliates.

[Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET] The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation, tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

Police have recovered two weapons from him, the source added.

It's not known whether police killed the alleged shooter or he took his own life. The source says one weapon recovered is a Glock and the other is a Sig Sauer.

[Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET] The Hartford Courant, citing police, said an unspecified number of people had been shot. The nature of their injuries was unclear, the newspaper said. But it cited police in saying one person had "numerous gunshot wounds."

[Updated at 11:19 a.m. ET] Affiliate WTNH says children are being taken to a nearby firehouse.


[Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET] Details are still really sketchy, but we now have a photo from the Newtown Bee of children being led from the scene.

[Updated at 11:03 a.m. ET] We're still getting details in of how many people may have been hurt.

Newtown is southwest of Hartford:

[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook school is on lockdown and students are not being evacuated, a Newtown police spokesman tells us.

[Posted at 10:30 a.m. ET] Breaking news coming in - Connecticut State Police are responding to reports of a shooting at a Newtown elementary school in southwestern Connecticut, according to police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

We'll bring you more details as soon as we get them.

Our affiliates in the area are saying the school is the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

CT Now says injuries are being reported. 

soundoff (9,611 Responses)
  1. betterdays

    To answer your questions:

    1) Because all Republicans are evil and like to see children shot
    2) Immediately
    3) How about seven?

    December 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      You might want to seek psychiatric help!! Really, please.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUp48

      You are a complete moron and know NOTHING about whats going on

      December 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidb1980

      And you wonder why the House, Senate and President can't get anything done? It is because of people like you who blame the Republicans for everything. OH right, Dem's poop doesn't stink. I keep forgetting.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbostud

      Blaming evil republicans. Too bad you were not there to try and stop it. My money was that the shooter was a dem!

      December 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynthia

      it is liberals who keep millions in poverty for votes. how sick is that?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amber

    This is AWFUL. and making me so sick to my stomach. I refuse to bring a Child into this HATEFUL world. Jesus is comin soon ! People get ready!!! Soon we'll be going home * As John Hagee says. Get up . Pack up. Look up we're going UP!!!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      It's precisely this type of "End of Times" rhetoric is what makes people htink you and your people are crazy, and they are leaving the church in droves.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne Sardina

      people like Masakra is the reason the world is so sick today... God bless those babies and their parents...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jaji

      They said that during WW II. On a serious note, if anyone died in this incident, do you think they will be worried about god coming?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes there's trouble in the world but all religions are false and God does not exist.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Ztom

      But the Bible says that we won't be going up. The current world (Earth) will be cleansed and perfected, and it will be Heaven on Earth. At least that's what the Bible says. Why do so many people think that you go up to Heaven?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      I'm not sure which is scarier, this terrible incident or your moronic commentary.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tim

      good lord you are a nut case... i've never even replied to anyone in 10 years until i saw your post lol

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I know you are frustrated by the worst side of humanity by your post, but really focusing so much on the afterlife instead of trying to improve the world of the living?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Are you serious? Maybe it's the will of Jesus. If Jesus is so great, why didn't he prevent this?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • lemadurham

      Amber, you are too scary. I'm religious but fanatics like you, with comments like these that have no Biblical basis, do not do any story any good.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. caesarbc

    End the argument over gun control.
    People kill people, but bullets help facilitate that process too.
    You are both wrong. Let's focus on jobs to make people happy, and not these perpetual incidents.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • valerie

      Not all people kill people. People with easy access to firearms kill people. For all of you ill informed people who keep saying that gun control would leave only the criminals with guns – look North. Assault weapons are banned outright in Canada and handguns are strictly controlled. (Anyone without mental issues or a criminal record can own a rifle) .....and yet the crime rate involving guns is very low. So the argument that gun control would help the criminal element is fiction. Are there mass shootings in Canada on a weekly basis? No. I can only recall hearing about one. Do you seriously think these statistics have nothing to do with the fact that Canada has some form of gun control?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Whizerd67

    Yep, this was in a place where guns are illegal to own, and KNIFE regulations were recently set in place. You couldn't own a knife over a certain size.
    Yeah, that stopped every bit of violence didn't it?

    Gun control = USE BOTH HANDS. Period.

    This, and incidents like this, would, and will stop, only if DEATH was immediately administered as punishment. I'd even go further....incidents like THIS involving children should have death immediately administered as punishment, by the CITIZENS. Hell, citizens could make the body disappear without incident, or a burial that had to be taxpayer-paid.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • No Guns

      Most of them plan to kill themselves once they are finished so how is DEATH as a punishment in any way a deterrent?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Whizerd, I'm sorry, I didn't know any city can ban guns, and guns are certainly not banned in the state of Connecticut, so are you just making that up? Even if the city did have some sort of ban that doesn't bar someone from outside the city from bringing in a gun, so this would not prove any point you might be making.

      No comment on gun control, but your post sounds misleading or outright wrong.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Death was immediately administered. It didn't stop this from happening. You solution sucks. Try again.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Emphasis on "by the CITIZENS"....

      December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Death is already immediately administered. None of these guys make it out alive, they are either killed by the police or kill themselves. Do you really think they care about life when they are shooting children?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      how do you administer justice like you speak of to a coward who has already killed his sorry self.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeus

      I 100% agree. We spend $60,000 per year per maximum security inmate. You walk into a school and kill children, everyone knows you are guilty, and they don't deserve to inhabit the same planet we do. I know it sounds inhumaine, but in some extreme cases, western justice serves everyone. Unfortunately, he knew it too, and took his own life. No justice for anyone

      December 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anderson

      Whizerd67 that is such a ridiculous comment. These psychos are on a suicide mission. If anything instant death would only encourage them. Look at Columbine, the case in Va-Tech, the Oregon mall shooting, all suicides! So how would a death penalty discourage them? They are totally insane. Laws be it making guns illegal or getting the death penalty don't mean anything to them.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paradox752

      dont know why – But Im all for this – To think if he had survived or given up he would be on trail using our money we pay in taxes to house feed and shelter him until his trail was over which could last months. Its sick !

      December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • eclairer

      Why would the death penalty deter a person who is clearly irrational and, given that the usual end to these incidents, very likely suicidal?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • astreet85

      How does death prevent criminals who intend to end their life after taking others? It doesn't. Your claim fails to address the issue. Why are guns necessary when we have a military and police? Have you no faith in the law enforcement and national defense you contribute to? The concept of owning a gun was based on uncertainty with a newly formed government. Now, the possibility of America suffering at the hands of a violent movement are probably as less likely North Korea becoming democratic within the next century. Conservatives push the right to own a gun just as they push creationism in public schools. In essence, instill fear and dumb down the nation, for what? For the corporate elites to continue to capitalize on your labor.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      I think you should move to Sudan. Lots of guns, its a paradise.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anony

    See? This is why guns need to be banned forever. Things like this, and the Colorado shootings, and the Oregon mall shootings, and Virginia Tech would've NEVER happened. I'm sorry but it's the truth and you violent gun owners need to wake up and smell reality for once. Guns have no purpose on Earth whatsoever... TRUST me~

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      Fail on an epic level.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • disagree

      do you think criminals buy there guns legally? Really?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Criminals will always find weapons.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Vin

      Exactly! If guns were banned, OJ Simpson would have never killed Nicole!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
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    • I Am God

      Guns don't need to be banned, but individuals who are whining and crying about strict gun control are a problem as well. No one is telling them that they shouldn't have guns; they are just going to have to provide more information about it before they can get one.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Cando

      But I don't trust you.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • KevinP

      Let's ban knives too, because if the guns are gone attacks will shift to those. Look at England. They have 1 knife attack for every 374 people. We have 1 gun attack for every 750 people. You're actually twice as likely to get stabbed in England than shot in the US.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat Rozee

      @ Kevin. Try again.
      England has a HELL OF A LOT LOWER pop that America so your WRONG, you have more chance of getting shot there than we have being stabbed here as we normally try and talk it out if we cant we just end up beating each other senseless.

      December 23, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maynard

    This is Foxnews's headline at the moment. Always trashing President Obama as much as they can.

    Companies Brace for ObamaCare Tax

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • I Am God

      Bracing? They are early aren't they? It isn't even 2014 yet.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Johnson

      Because of the lies and hate in the conservative media most Americans see conservatives and both being ignorant and extremist. The average Fox News view is 64 and too cognitively challenged to master technology like using Google to fact check. In the Information Age where TV has fewer viewers Fox News excels with the geriatric set bummed out about life waiting the grim reaper to harvest them.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      That's how I see comcervates but I have a long list of reasons why.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. jeff harris

    This is a morality issue – NOT a Gun issue. We have been teaching this society that men are merely animals and that morality is relative now for about 50 years. Animals kill people – there is no longer a common morality that condemns immoral acts – little to nothing is now immoral.

    PROOF ?

    I grew up in Colorado in the 50's – 60's ...we all had guns ....NOBODY ...NOWHERE any state ...shot up an elementary; school, a high school , a mall or anything else.... This all started at about the time of the Texas tower shooting in the 60's.

    The guns haven't changed ...the societ;y has.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • robert


      ENGLAND: 140 dead from guns (no guns)
      USA: 12,000+ and counting... (as many guns as you want)


      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jayjay

      sure it is a morality issue.... but easy access to guns certianly does not help the problem

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Back then the worst you heard about was a fist fight at school.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • marjee123

      It seems to me that the people in this country feel they have a right to guns and those that feel this way are the ones who usually end up shooting innocent people. guns should only be in the hands of responsible sane people. I think the problem with guns is any body is allowed to have one. I think it should be made harder for a person to qualify and if they have any mental issues they should not be allowed.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • STEVEN

      I AGREE...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dale E

      I agree

      December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Vin

      The 12,000 number comes from the CDC's homicide report. You kinda don't want to use that number in support of your cause. Instead, use the FBI's UCR numbers. That brings the number down to 8500 or so for 2011, but there's a reason we toss out 4000 deaths by firearm. They were done by police officers. CDC reports these deaths, FBI doesn't.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      This world has never been safe, and never will be. Pass all the laws you want, try your best to control everyone within the borders. In the end it won't matter, you'll just make people miserable. If you think for a second that making more laws will take the place of parenting and having a sense of responsibility for self and honor toward each other, you are sadly mistaken. There is no honor or pride anymore. Safety removes those qualities.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      Sorry Jeff but a simple search of shootings at US schools will show your theory to be complete nonsense, There were over 60 recorded instances of shootings at US schools between 1900 and 1970. The biggest death toll happened in 1927 where a guy actually blew up the damn school and then set off a car bomb outside it.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Clint

    The simple truth is that in places like Britain that have much stronger gun control laws this sort of thing almost never happens. The truth is that there are not a lot more stabbings. The truth is that because there are so few guns criminals don't have easy access to them.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      That's a lie, they DO have alot of stabbings. It wasn't too long ago there was a news report about the drastic spike in stabbings. Still, regardless, criminals will find ways to be creative and STILL commit the atrocious acts. Banning the method of delivery changes nothing.

      The percentages may or may not change but the actual numbers certainly do: It is logical that with 8 billion people now on the planet, the actual numbers of nut case dirtbags is going to increase. Whether guns are used or knives, matters not a bit.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ted1355

      Wake up people, it's us, (parents) etc. Let your Kids grow -up playing Video games and listening to the new music and this is the socity you breed...
      and don't make a stupid comment about grammer...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • fortunateizzi

      I wanted to reply to "anon" but it wouldn't let me. Anon: Ok, so maybe there are a lot of stabbings. But how many people can someone realistically stab before they are stopped? Compared to how many people can be killed by multiple bullets?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Franco

    You do not hear of this type of gun violence on a regular basis in any modernized country that has strict gun control laws.
    Too many guns in the hands of people on the edge is not a good thing.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ewpos

      Not true. Mexico has some of the harshest gun control laws on the planet, and how often do we hear about gun violence down there? Pretty often, as I recall.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Canadadan67

    Are you the same guy who reasons that because your grandpa smoked to 90, that smoking must not be harmful? Take some analytically reasoning courses.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jerome Horowitz

    I am not a gun owner, and I really believe the problem is not with guns. It is with our society. Look at TV – yes, it's an old argument, but TV is really an endless parade of violence. Violence appears to be the solution to most problems. And I am not just talking about shoot-em-up shows. I am talking about the reality shows where confrontation and anger is the (alleged) norm. We are getting dumber and more violent, and that's not a good combination.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    You know – these incidents are happening too much lately. Seem that these nutjobs want to get their 15 minutes of fame. So, the news should start saying – instead of thier names – they should just say – some NUTJOB decided to be S T U P I D today.... and not give any names out. I pray for the families this F O O L changed.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Vin

      Police officers are responsible for a third of the deaths by firearm in America. Aside from that, young black males make up another half of the murder victims in the US, which has a strong correlation to gang violence. If we remove police and gangs from the numbers, the gun violence epidemic ceases to exist. So, given that the vast majority of gun violence in America is caused by police or black people, should we ban police from having firearms, and make racially targeted laws to prevent blacks from owning weapons? How ludicrous do we go to address a problem that largely doesn't exist?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    Like we needed more proof of gun nut ignorance.

    Saying the weapon doesn't matter is like saying the computer is the same as an abbaccas.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. tekstep1

    Note that none of the children died. What type of damage do you think could have been done with a gun?

    December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. ageecee

    Allowing everybody to buy ammunition is goverment's solution to control population. These incident will continue unless the government do something about it.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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