School shooting in Newtown, Greenwich Public Schools on normal schedule

UPDATED FRIDAY 6:25 P.M. — Sources have identified the suspect in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who died Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Adam’s brother, Ryan Lanza, is said to have been completely cooperative with police during questioning and is believed to have no connection to the incident.

It is also reported that Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, the assumed target of the shooting, in fact never made it to school Friday. She was found dead at her home and is believed to have been killed before her son went on a shooting rampage at the school, where she was a teacher.

At least two vigils have been planned in Newtown Friday evening to begin the community’s healing process.

A special service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church Friday at 7 p.m. The church is located at 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown. A second prayer service will also be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street in Newtown. The service will contain prayers and music.

Vigils have also been planned in other cities and towns Friday. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Bushnell Park in Hartford. Winterfest, which was scheduled for the park, was closed in the wake of the shootings.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 5:00 P.M. — Connecticut State Police Public Information officer Lt. Paul Vance has said the identity of the Sandy Hook shooter will not be identified until the appropriate time.

Mixed reports about the shooter’s identity have been circling the Internet, most naming 20-year-old Adam Lanza as the now deceased shooter while his brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza is believed to be in police custody.

 

 

The body of someone related to the family has also been found in the family home but police have not released further details.

 

Lt. Vance will hold another press conference at 6 p.m. at which point he said he hopes to provide more details on the body found at the family home.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 3:50 P.M. — It has now been confirmed that at least 27 people were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Friday morning, including 20 children. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance has asked members of the media to “leave the parents alone” and noted that the scene in Newtown is “tragic.”

In a press conference Friday afternoon, an emotional President Obama addressed the nation, saying, “Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were 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 to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics. This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight and they need all of us right now in hard days to come.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy also expressed his grief for those involved in the shooting in a press conference and has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half mast.

Lt. Vance will give another public briefing at approximately 4:45 p.m.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 2:50 P.M. — CBS News has confirmed that the suspect, identified as Ryan Lanza, now deceased, targeted his mother and her classroom during his shooting spree Friday morning. Most of the shooting is reported to have been in that one classroom and a .223 caliber rifle has been recovered from the scene, along with at least one other gun.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 2:25 P.M. — CNN has reported that the suspect in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is Ryan Lanza, a man in his early 20s, of New Jersey whose mother was a teacher at the school and is among those killed during the mass shooting.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 2:05 P.M. — CBS News is now reporting that a body was found at the home of the alleged gunman responsible for killing 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown this morning.

According to Connecticut State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance, no comments are currently being made about the number of casualties resulting from the shooting until proper notification has been given to family members, but noted that there were “several fatalities” at the scene.

Newtown police received a 911 call just after 9:30 Friday morning reporting the incident, Lt. Vance said. Connecticut State Police and surrounding departments responded after Newtown requested assistance with the response, including on and off duty troopers. A “complete active shooter search that included checking every door, every crack, every crevice, every portion of that school” was performed, according to Lt. Vance. Those responding to the incident had a main objective of evacuating the students and staff within the school “as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Children and staff are now reuniting with loved ones and Lt. Vance said “basic and brief” information was being given now, and regular briefings will be available later “as appropriate.”

Greenwich-post.com will have more details as they become available.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY 1:05 P.M. — ABC News and the Associated Press have confirmed that 27 people are dead, including 18 children, after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The lone gunman, an unidentified male, has also been confirmed dead.

Greenwich-post.com will have more details as they become available.

Original Post:

There was a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday morning, Dec. 14. While some school districts closer to Newtown, and including Newtown, are on lockdown, Greenwich Public Schools told the Post that they are operating under a normal schedule.

Reports from people at scene indicate that an adult at the school has been killed. A teacher was shot in the foot and some children suffered minor injuries

The Internet is being flooded with contradictory information regarding the number of casualties and status of the situation.

Reports on the number of shooters range from one, who was reportedly killed, to two, to three and several other rumors.

The Hartford Courant has reported that multiple people, including children have been killed.

Greenwich-post.com will have more details as they become available.

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