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. hannah

    they weren't hurt. They were all killed.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nada

      Tell that to the 2 people recovering from gunshots.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hannah

    Well, then it's just plain stupid. OK?

    December 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texhimself

      Actually, it is not stupid. A bit mean spirited, but there is some fact in it that the woman provided the means of death for many children to a mentally unstable individual.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. val

    Well no point in becoming a techer now, everyones going to be home-schooling their kids for now on, i can't blame them though, i would do it.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beto

    i dont get it why fire at innocent kids when they have nothing to do with what ever you are going thru if its problems with family resolve it with them dont take it against the students the poor innocent childred .

    December 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. micahel weir

    i would like to see a cop in every school and bullet proof glass ,

    December 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • anthony

      i support that there will be a cop in every school

      December 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney

    looking forward to the ... uncensored ... interviews with the two adult eyewitnesses

    December 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. micahel weir

    if a cop was in the school ,he could have taken him out and we wouldnt have no body dead,

    December 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      Maybe not ... a 9mm sidearm, which most cops carry, is a poor match for an AR-15, even in untrained hands.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Irene

    Will you look at the shooting that happened a few years ago at a mall in salt lake city Utah. An off duty armed police officer shot the gunman preventing further loss of life. I don't know what the answer is but this is one event that I'm sure everyone was grateful for concealed weapons.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Southerner01


    There need not be an example, to prove the possibility of his statement. It is a well known fact that you can kill a person with a knife. This was a classroom full of 6 year olds. Are you intending to suggest that those six year olds could have stopped him from systematically killing them? I find that far less believable.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marcella Mathis

    The hand writing is on the wall! What does it take to put prayer back in the schools? Will we continue to let the unsaved of the devil
    deprive us of our God given right to prayer? Wake up America!
    We never saw such tragedies before.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Whenever I attempt to call this Conn horror what it really is, an act of "T......." my post is blocked.
    Anyone else out there who would acknowledge that would perhaps get the same treatment.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alejandra

      That is because they don;t realize what the real meaning of the word is. They only call it this way when it is a foreigner from certain backgrounds create Terror in people. Doule standards if you ask me.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • kc

      In America, only brown people get called the "T" word...if you are Caucasian its just " mentally disturbed".

      December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Even though Connecticut is a tragedy that cuts deep to my soul, I keep hearing news stations advising this is the worst school massacre in U.S. history. It is not. For the sake of not forgetting those victims, there were nearly twice as many children killed in a Michigan schoolhouse in 1927, and had all the dynamite exploded, likely would have Killed every child in the school.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill Lee

    Wow.... college at 16....?

    $280,000 a year free money from her ex? ....

    I guess its true that money can't buy happiness ...

    Or sanity either...

    What a waste...

    December 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYGirl

      Why is that a waste? It's what she was awarded based on her husband's income. College at 16...apparently the kid was intelligent. Who said they were trying to buy happiness? Why are you slamming this family? It's not their fault their child had mental health issues. They were victims, too.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      NYGirl: Despite have a son with developmental issues (or however you would like to describe it). Mommy dearest, torpedoed the marriage, pressured her high school age son into taking college level courses (despite already being socially awkward, this was added to his emotional burden), she apparently favored her oldest son and did not speak much about the younger (from a report), AND she decided to add guns to this mix. Yes, she was a victim, but she bears at least some responsibility in laying the foundations of her own destruction.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Snaiyer

    It's time to bring in some changes with immediate effect. Each and Every school needs to have security and/or cops on full time duty. I think the govt can afford this when we can afford to spend billions of dollars and send troops to other countries. It's time to protect our own children now. We can keep discussing gun control for many more months and that may not address everything but having the schools secured in at least a few ways will definitely help. We don't know if another sick guy is roaming around with a gun...we need some sort of protection for our kids in schools..

    December 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jesse baird

    I don't think others should pay the price for the guy shooting kids its sad and I wish it never happend but I still don't think they should ban assult rifles for the rest of us I'm only 14 but if they take part of my second admendment rights they will try to take more when the founding fathers made them for me and for you they will slowly take our rights and we wount notice till its to late

    December 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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