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Police say ammunition found at school suggests gunman had deadlier plan

‘Our goal is to answer every single question,’ police say


Adam Lanza has been identified as the gunman responsible for the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday.

In a briefing on Sunday afternoon, Connecticut police said Lanza still had hundreds of rounds with him when he killed himself as responders approached.

The governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, told an ABC morning show that Lanza committed suicide as authorities closed in. “We surmise that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that, decided to take his own life,” Malloy said.

Connecticut police cautioned that it will take weeks to complete the investigation.

“I am confident we will put every single resource into this investigation,” Lt. Paul Vance told reporters. “Our goal is to answer every single question.”

Vance used one of his Sunday briefings to warn against erroneous details about the case circulating on social media networks.

“Misinformation is being posted on social media sites,” he said. “Prosecution will take place when people who are perpetrating this information are identified.”

Other developments in the story:

  • In a statement released Saturday evening, the gunman’s father said he is heartbroken. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured,” Peter Lanza said. “We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have co-operated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.”
  • Vance said most of the victims were killed by a Bushmaster AR-15 “assault-type weapon.”
  • Police say Lanza used a handgun to kill himself.
  • A shotgun was found in the vehicle that Lanza took to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  •  Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Senator Dianne Feinstein said she plans to introduce an assault-weapons ban on the first day that Congress is back.
  • The New York Times reports that Nancy Lanza cherished her gun collection and had taken her sons to shooting ranges. Lanza shot his mother Friday morning before making his way to the elementary school.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama has just landed in Connecticut where he is to attend an interfaith service in Newtown later this evening.

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Police say ammunition found at school suggests gunman had deadlier plan

  1. Guns kill people! Guns kill people!

    • Well…

      If nothing else it’s actually people who kill people BUT only an idiot would think that giving such people easy access to guns would keep others safe.

      In other words: Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people.

  2. US shouldn’t only shout about gun control whenever lunatics and maniacs went shooting people around but they should rather look into family from where the perpetrators were produced. The empire of TV games where children and young people are exploited by rich people invested to suck out resources to build their own wealth and family lacks of religious orientation to their children.

    I almost fell from my feet as if I am hit as soon as I heard innocent children slaughtered by a lunatic who should have been saved by family value but unfortunately served by evils to get into this horrible ending. I don’t think gun control will only help to reduce gun violence but investing more in young people’s morality by religious awareness and restriction of violent TV games should help to build younger generation into healthy future of community well being. US is now calling for the genuine Holy Bible to take oath by all not just to swear on it by one top guy. No one can represent anyone before God.

    • Kids in other countries play violent video games too, yet there are less shootings in those countries. Could the difference be ease of access to semi-automatic weapons?