Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook School Shooting : Updates

Recent news: In the days before the massacre, the mother of Adam Lanza was pushing her loner son to leave the Newtown home that provided his refuge from reality, a family friend told the Daily News Wednesday. But the 20-year-old rejected the idea and stopped speaking to his mother, the friend said. Nancy Lanza and her youngest son hadn’t talked for three days before he fatally shot her Friday morning and then murdered 20 children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When the mother pressed the issue of moving away, “he didn’t want to leave,” according to the pal. “He didn’t understand why she wanted him to go out into the world. She told me she couldn’t reach him — and she was worried.”
News credits: NYDailyNews.comU.S

Recent news: Mass murderer Adam Lanza spent two and half days home alone with his mom’s arsenal of weapons, giving him plenty of time to hatch one of America’s worst school shootings, according to broadcast report today.Nancy Lanza had just arrived home early Thursday evening, following a two-night getaway to Bretton Woods, NH, according to Headline News.She checked into the Omni Mount Washington Resort at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and checked out at 12:27 p.m. on Thursday, HLN said.Nancy Lanza often took mini-vacations by herself, friends said. She trusted leaving Adam alone, but didn't want him cooking, so she always prepared all his meals before her trips.
News credits: New York Post

Recent news: Newton school staff, Shari Thornberg tells her survival story on the day Adam Lanza killed the children and the adults.Shari Thornberg says she was running late and fears she passed the gunman when she walked through the parking lot to the front doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School at 9:30 Friday morning. That was the time, police say, that 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered the school for an attack. Thornberg says she was told by school staff that the gunman entered the principal's office and left after seeing no one there. That’s where Sally Cox, the nurse and the office worker were hiding under desks, and Sally Cox could see the gunman's pants leg. The gunman went down the left hallway. Hochsprung, the principal and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were killed, and a teacher whom police have not yet identified was wounded, when they went into the hallway from a conference room, Thornberg says. The injured teacher crawled back into the room where at least three other adults were inside, and they locked the door.A substitute kindergarten teacher, whom police also have not identified, was slightly wounded further down the hallway. The gunman, Thornberg says, did not enter the first classroom on the left where the teacher, Kaitlin Roig, had piled 16 first-graders on top of one another in the bathroom.
News credits: USA Today
Breaking news: Adam Lanza feared his mother was planning to have him commited to psychiatric home and targeted the children that she loved more than him. Nancy, 52 was thought to have volunteer at Sandy Hook Elemetary School and worked with the group of children Adam killed

Recent newsAdam Lanza reportedly destroyed his computer’s hard drive before going on a rampage that left his mother, six more adults, and 20 children dead, sources said on Tuesday. “The kid knew what he was doing,” a source told The Daily Beast. “This was a planned event. There is no question about it.”
- News credits: The Daily Beast 

Recent news: Peter Wlasuk, the plumber who worked in the Lanza's house revealed that Adam Lanza spent his time in the basement of the family's four bedroom home, playing video games such as Call of Duty and obsessing over guns and military equipment. Call of Duty is controversial because of its violent content. "It was a beautiful house but he lived in the basement. I always thought that was strange" said Mr. Wlasuk." But he had a proper set up down there-computers, a bathroom, bed, desk and a TV. There were no windows".
- News credits:The telegraph

Recent news: Six of the children killed in the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook school were gunned down as they made a brave escape attempt, it emerged today. The first-graders had been hidden in a closet by teacher Victoria Soto when the first gunshots rang out at the elementary School in Newtown on Friday morning. When the gunman entered the classroom looking for the children, he came face-to-face with 27-year-old Miss Soto who tried to throw him off by saying the children were in the auditorium at the other end of the building.However six of the children then tried to run from their hiding place and were shot dead by the gunman. Miss Soto and a teacher's aide were also killed. 
News credits: Mail Online

Recent newsOnly one child made it out alive of a first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week by fooling the gunman into thinking she was  dead, the family's pastor says.The unamed girl lay among the bodies of her 15 classmates until she thought it was safe to leave.The little girl, who is 6½ years old but hasn't been identified, ran out of the school building covered in blood from head to toe.Law enforcement officials and witnesses say seven pupils survived in a second classroom by hiding in a closet.
-News credits: NBc News

Recent news: The hero music teacher who saved 20 children from being shot dead by the Newtown killer has revealed that she kept them quiet by saying prayers and telling them: ‘I love you’. Maryrose Kristopik said she barricaded herself into the closet with the nine and 10-year-olds while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly battered on the door screaming: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’ In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, she revealed that only when the shots which had been ringing out had died down did she lead them all outside to safety. Mrs Kristopik said:  I told them that I loved them. I said there was a bad person in the school. I didn't want to tell them anything past that.One door had several instruments, including big xylophones, blocking it, she said. Mrs Kristopik said she was standing in front of the other door and holding the handle to keep the children out of harm's way.
News credits: Mail Online

Twenty-seven people, including 20 children and the gunman were shot dead, at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, making it one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. News of the shooting was first reported shortly after 10 a.m on 15th December 2012.The suspect in the shooting has been identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, the Washington Post said. Police said that Lanza first apparently killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at the home they shared in Newtown. Adam Lanza shot his mother four times in the head while she was in her pajama in her bed on that fateful Friday morning.Then he drove in her car to the school. In the car, authorities said, were three guns: a .223 caliber "Bushmaster" rifle and two pistols, a Sig Sauer and a Glock.
Adam Lanza, The Gunman

On 15th December 2012, Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, to death at the home they shared, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School. The reason why he shot his mother first is still unknown. Dressed all in black on the day of the massacre, he forced his way into the elementary school. Authorities said Adam Lanza had no criminal history, and it was not clear whether he had a job. Lanza was believed to have suffered from a personality disorder, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger’s, a mild form of autism often characterized by social awkwardness.People with the disorder are often highly intelligent. While they can become frustrated more easily, there is no evidence of a link between Asperger’s and violent behavior, experts say.
Adam Lanza has been described in local media reports as a thin, quiet and mild-mannered young man who made the honour roll while in high school. Alex Israel, a former classmate of Adam Lanza's, told CNN he was a quiet loner and "reserved" and that "you could definitely tell he was a genius."Lanza appears to have kept a low profile throughout his life. US media report that unusually, his high school yearbook of 2010 contained no photograph of him."Camera shy" was the comment by his entry.Unlike the majority of his peers, Lanza apparently had no Facebook page, his online footprint was minimal. Lanza who was described by his neighbours and former classmates as being very bright, took siz classes at Western Connecticut State University in 2008 and 2009,bbeginning when he was just 16, and had a grade point average of 3.26. Lanza took courses in computer science, such as website design, the computer language called BASIC, and data modeling, as well as in philosophy, American history and economics.
In the most  recent news, the gunman (Adam Lanza) shot himself death as the 1st responders closed in, raising the possibility that he had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short.
 - News credits : Pandith News, BBC News US & Canada

Nancy Lanza

Pic credit : Reuters

Nancy Lanza, the mother of the gunman and his brother Ryan Lanza, is believed to be the 1st victim on the day of the shooting. She divorced her husband Peter Lanza in 2009,  Peter Lanza, moved to Stamford, Connecticut, and remarried three years later. She was a gun enthusiast, who often took her sons with her to the shooting range. Adam Lanza is believed to have used her legally purchased weapons to carry out his attack. 52-year-old Nancy Lanza, had five weapons registered to her, including a Glock, a Sig Sauer, and a Bushmaster rifle. It also emerged that Mrs Lanza had spoken of her fears less than a week before the attack that she was “losing” her son. “She said it was getting worse. She was having trouble reaching him,” said a friend of Mrs Lanza who did not want to be named.CBS News' Pat Milton reports source briefed on the investigation said Nancy Lanza was demanding of her children. Even though Adam was highly intelligent, she pressed him to high standards and even pressed her sons to measure up at the shooting range where she taught them to shoot, the source said.


Pic credit: The Telegraph
(Top row from left) Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Green. (Middle row from left) Dylan Hockley, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli. (Bottom row from left) Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos

      Mary Sherlach, 56,                              Dawn Hochsprung, 47,                                   Victoria Soto, 27
     school psychologist                      Sandy Hook Elementary principal                       first-grade teacher
                                                                            Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30,
                                                                        permanent substitute teacher

Here are the final moments of Lanza's life, as recounted by CBS News' Miller:
"The first police officer on the scene was confronted by the glass window that Lanza had shot his way through to get past the locked door. The officer advanced into the school and saw the gunman, from a great distance down a long hallway, perhaps a couple of hundred feet. The gunman, dressed all in black, spotted the officer and ducked into a room off the hallway. As the officer, now joined by a partner began to rush down the hall toward the gunman they heard a volley of shots. When they got there, they found the gunman, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Just beyond the gunman, in a classroom, children huddled together, and their teacher, all of them shot multiple times. Nearby, in a bathroom another group of children, huddled together, all shot multiple times. It appears that the gunman let go a last volley of shots at his victims before killing himself with a single bullet to the head."

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