Conn. Police: Gunman Forced Way into School

Posted at: 12/15/2012 8:32 AM
Updated at: 12/15/2012 12:07 PM

nullNEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say a gunman who massacred 26 children and adults at an elementary school before committing suicide forced his way into the building.

Lt. Paul Vance said Saturday morning that the suspect was not voluntarily let into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother on Friday, drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and shot 20 children, six adults and himself.

Vance says the medical examiner is still working on identifying the victims.

Conn. officials: Principal died lunging at gunman

Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.

Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward him.

Jeff Capeci is chairman of the town's Legislative Council. Asked whether Hochsprung is a hero, he says, "From what we know, it's hard to classify her as anything else."

Hochsprung had worked at the school for two years. Both Liedlien and Capeci say she immediately became a beloved figure. Liedlien says "it's so sad to lose somebody like her" and that residents are feeling "a deep sense of loss" over her death.

Firing ranges searched for ties to gunman

Federal authorities are visiting local gun ranges in Connecticut but have found no evidence that the gunman who opened fire at an elementary school there trained for the attack or was an active member of the recreational gun community.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun said Saturday that investigators have also interviewed Connecticut gun dealers and shoring range employees trying to determine whether there was any training or other behavior that precipitated the attack.

She says investigators have yet to find evidence of that.

Colbrun says the ATF was tracing multiple guns recovered at the home of the gunman's mother.

Gunman recalled as intelligent but remote

Family and friends remember Adam Lanza as many things — intelligent, nerdy, goth, remote, thin.

Now the world will remember him as a mass murderer. The 20-year-old man is believed to have killed his mother, gunned down more than two dozen people, 20 of them children, at a Connecticut grade school and committed suicide.

Law enforcement officials say he might have suffered from a personality disorder.

Authorities have not spoken publicly of any possible motive. They've found no note, and Lanza had no criminal history. Witnesses said the shooter didn't utter a word.

Now investigators are trying to learn all they can about Lanza. They've questioned his older brother, Ryan, who is not believed to have any involvement in the rampage and hadn't had contact with Adam Lanza since 2010.

Police, world wonder about Conn. shooting motive

Authorities in Newtown, Conn. Are trying to learn everything they can about Adam Lanza in an effort to figure out what set him on a path leading to the massacre of 26 children and adults at an elementary school.

Police, so far, have shed no light on a possible motive for the nation's second-deadliest school shooting.

The 20-year-old gunman, who also killed his mother and himself, was described by some as brilliant but remote. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was not clear that Lanza had a job.

A law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation says Lanza is believed to have suffered from a personality disorder and lived with his mother in a well-to-do part of prosperous Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions. Lanza's parents filed for divorce in 2008.

AP source: 3 guns found in school

A law enforcement official says that the Connecticut school shooter brought three guns into the elementary school where he killed 26 children and adults and that the weapons were registered to his slain mother.

The official was not authorized to discuss information with reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official says a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle were found in the school after the massacre Friday.

The official says that a fourth weapon was found outside the school and that investigators have been going to shooting ranges and gun stores to see if Lanza had frequented them.

Brother of gunman wrongly cited as shooter in early reports

Not long after Friday's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, media outlets began reporting the gunman's identity as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, N.J.

His name and image quickly spread worldwide as the perpetrator of the nation's second-deadliest school shooting. Facebook and Twitter lit up as people vented their fury at the man they believed was responsible.

In reality, Lanza was at work in New York City when the gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., some 60 miles away. A law enforcement official later identified his 20-year-old brother, Adam Lanza, as the culprit.

Ryan Lanza was interviewed by investigators but is not believed to have any connection to the killings.

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