The gunman – who according to a media report carried four weapons and wore a bulletproof vest – was dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, state police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a news conference.
Vance said authorities found 18 children and seven adults, including the gunman, dead at the school, and two children were pronounced dead later after being take to a hospital.
Another adult was found dead at a related crime scene in Newtown, he said, bringing the toll to 28. CNN reported the dead person was the shooter’s mother. It also said three of the guns used in the rampage were registered under her name.
He has been named as Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school.
His older brother, Ryan, 24, has been questioned by police. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers’ first names and mistakenly said Ryan was the shooter.
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I talked briefly about watching for the signs in another article here. My blunt thoughts on the subject without knowing any more than what the media has described:
1) How do parents not notice their kids cried for help, signs of danger etc? There may have just been a snap that no one could have predicted, however in most cases like these there have some kind of warning signs – even a few examples of voiced intent to others. Perhaps there’s a way to help educate parents and teachers to watch for certain danger signs?
2) Guns. The ease as to which an unhappy and / or unstable individual can get hold of guns in America amazes me. Guns in New Zealand are pretty rare (it’d be more likely someone would go crazy with a sword than a gun here) – which makes gun incidents here equally as rare.
So, when are the gun laws going to reflect the number of deaths? There’s talk of conspiracies such as the Batman killer having been exposed to mind control – truth or not – James Holmes still had access to an enormous amount of weapons and body armour. Just as Adam Lanza did. Why did his mother the school teacher have so many guns? Why weren’t they secured? If they were, how did Adam get to them? How did he come across the bullet proof vest? Perhaps there’s a way to register to do a brief behavioural exam to search for risk when bullet proof vests are purchased…?
So many questions, and equally, so many deaths. Is America being rail-roaded into having their gun laws revoked, or is this merely a wake up for household gun security and mental health awareness?
Time will tell…