Gunman in school massacre allegedly took weapons from mother

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NEWTON, Conn. It took less than a half-an-hour for the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. to kill 20 children.

Now, it will take months to piece together how and why the incident happened.

Officials in Newtown have begun their investigation into the mass shooting at the elementary school Friday that left 27 dead. Already, a few clues to the details of the incident are starting to surface.

According to sources, the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had a history of mental illness and personality disorders. The guns he used in the shooting were bought legally and registered to his mother, who was found shot in the head at Lanza’s house in Newtown.

Lanza’s brother, 24-year-old Ryan, was originally identified as the killer. However, Ryan alerted the authorities through Facebook posts that he was not the killer. He was questioned by police and released. Lanza’s father was also questioned and released.

It is believed that Adam was carrying Ryan’s identification, which caused for some confusion as to his identity.

Officials worked at two crime scenes, the school and Lanza’s house, to determine the chronology of the crimes.  According to sources, the shooter was armed with two handguns and a .223-caliber rifle.  Official said first-hand accounts of witnesses at the scene will be crucial in determining what exactly happened.

“I heard gunshots in the loudspeaker,” one witness said. “It’s something out of the movie you never think it’s going to happen to you.”

Teachers said they barricaded the students in the classroom and played games with their students in order to keep their minds off the gunshots coming from down the halls.

“He heard strange noises coming from the roof of the school,” one parent told a reporter.

Sandy Hook is about 45 miles from Hartford, Conneticut and has about 700 students.

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  • Diane Butler

    Today is a tragic day. Many tears have been shed over the innocent helpless children who were brutally murdered. Although the sorrow of these parents, families, friends, schoolmates, and workmates is just beginning, all will endure with God's help, and the pain will lessen somewhat over time. Regardless, one thing is certain—Jehovah’s Witnesses are determined to continue without letup in their efforts to bring to the people the good news of peace from God’s Word, the Bible. (Acts 10:34-36; Ephesians 6:15) They recognize, as the prophet Jeremiah stated, that “to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Only God’s Kingdom in the hands of his Son, Jesus Christ, can bring the solution to the horrific criminal acts that have caused much emotional pain in the world.—Matthew 6:10.

    • RKS

      Would these be the same Jehovah's Witnesses that disfellowshipped my step father because he got a divorce from his first wife? The same Jehovah's Witnesses that allowed his lying, drunken, child abusing ex-wife to stay on as a witness? The same Jehovah's Witnesses who told his daughter and son's that they would also be disfellowshipped if they had any contact with their father and as a result he lost his family? Yeah….great religion you have there.

      You should be ashamed of yourself for this post. How pathetic you are to use this tragedy as a recruiting tool for your religion. You cold have made mention of God without throwing Jehovah's Witnesses in there. No wonder I have such a distaste for organized religion.

      If anyone is offended by this I'm sorry. I will never belittle anyone's beliefs. Unless their beliefs are being shoved in my face in a situation like this.

    • James

      You should be ashamed at yourself for using this tragedy as an excuse to further your anti-JW agenda. And what you have said about Jehovah’s Witnesses sounds exaggerated and unlikely.You can not be disfellowshipped for associating with a disfellowshipped family member. You haters get everywhere. You are always belittling Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs at every opportunity you get. Including this INAPPROPRIATE one. Someone cared enough to give a message of HOPE to the survivors and you have to attack it because of your personal religious vendetta against Jehovah’s Witness.

    • Lynn

      As a Witness,,,, I'll agree that this is all true. But this whole post is very inappropriate. This is not the time to be rude or insensitive. And there never is a time for that. As a parent & grandparent, my heart and prayers go out to the families of those dear children. ( And a suggestion to Sis Butler is prayerfully consider that you should be always tactful and then in the best interest of the truth, remove your post.) Let YOUR utterance be always with graciousness, seasoned with salt Col 4:6

  • joe

    Clearly the bible says if you do this stuff especially to kids, you're going to Hell. He's already in Hell even as a retard his root mind is evil.

  • Helen

    None of the religious specific comments on here. I could go on about what I know but refuse to. This event is a horrific tragedy that should not further any ones political, religious or any other agenda. Please look at this for what it is. Diana, RKS and James, shame on you, this is a tragedy and should bring us all closer not cause anger toward each other. Please keep focus on what matters!

  • Ken

    So if the mom had guns in the house My question is Why werent they put in a gun safe or even in some sort of a safe?I myself have 3 guns 2 are locked in a safe. The other is unloaded and hidden. BUT, Witth that said MAY all of the victims (excludeing the gunman) rest in peace

  • Monica

    All I can Say is..I'm A Mom Of Two Little Girl's 6 & 7 Yrs. I CRIED SO MANY TEARS FOR Those Innocent Children That We're Just Doing What They We're Told To Do…Go To School. AND Cried for they're Entire Family's… GOOD point Ken :) Hopefully Peeps Will Be Beyond Careful & Protective! I LOVE YESUHA AND GOD'S WORD! & STUDY IT DAILY YES I READ MY [[ AMPLIFIED ]] That & Watch Joyce Meyer, & All Her AWESOME Resources Available… Love One Another As I Have Loved You! For If You Give a Stranger a Drink Of Water? You Have ALSO Given It To Me. K.J.V.

  • Citizen98107

    It seems way too easy for mentally disturbed people to get their hands on guns and especially the military style gun known as an assault rifle.

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