LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School Shooting

Dec 15, 2012 8:09am

7:53 p.m.: President Obama Will Visit Sandy Hook Families. [ READ MORE]

7:50 p.m.:   The father of 20-year-old Adam Lanza issued a statement Saturday, according to the AP: ”Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured. Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.”

 

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Candles surround gifts and flowers that were left in honor of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut after twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Click here for more photos from the Conn. school tragedy.

6:12 p.m.:  Rockingham County Sheriff Downing reads a statement from the Champion family, relatives of the Lanza family. “The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation of we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss the families teachers staff and students of Sandy Brook Elementary school the first responders and to all others touched by this tragedy on behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound innocence that has affected so many the family requests that you respect their privacy during this time of anguish and loss.”

5:38 p.m.: Emilie Parker Memorial Fund has been set up at facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund.

 

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Emilie Parker was one of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (Emilie Parker Fund/Facebook)

5:30 p.m.: Father of Emilie Parker delivers remarks:  ”First of all, I’d really like to offer our deepest condolences to all the families who were directly affected this shooting. It’s a horrific tragedy, and we wanted everybody to know that our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter.”

5:19 p.m.:  The gunman who massacred 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school riddled them with bullets, shooting some of them as many as 11 times, the medical examiner said today. [READ MORE]

5:11 p.m.:  Relatives of the Lanza family are expected to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. outside the Kingston (NH) Police Department.

4:29 p.m.: Complete List of Connecticut Shooting Victims’ Names

 

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List of Connecticut Shooting Victims

4:22 p.m.: Based on Sandy Hook Elementary School directory, all the kids killed in the shooting were in the 1st grade. They were in 2 different 1st grade classes. In one class, almost all of the students were killed – 15 of 16 in the directory. In the other class, taught by Victoria Soto, only some of the kids were killed – 5 of 16 in the directory.

4:15 p.m.: Adam Lanza’s Aunt on how she found out about the tragedy.

4:07 p.m.: “I want to take this time to talk about the incredible acts of heroism that transpired yesterday that ultimately saved so many lives even though tragically so many lives were lost. The principal of the school was running toward the shooter in order to protect her students. As was the school psychologist. One of the teachers helped people get out of a window. Incredible things that people did. I got a message that one of the teachers pushed students into the kiln room and was locked in the kiln room and remained there until the police let them out. Teachers were really, really focused on saving their students.”  Janet Robinson, Superintendent of Schools for Newtown Public Schools

3:52 p.m.: Conn. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H Wayne Carver said that the children appear to have died quickly.  Many were shot at close range by a semi-automatic rifle.  Several guns were found but the medical examiner said the .223 caliber Bushmaster appeared to be Adam Lanza’s primary weapon.  Each of his victims, most of them first graders, were shot more than once.

3:30 p.m.:  Statement from Maura, the oldest daughter of school psychologist Mary Sherlach: “There are no words to describe the devastating loss that we feel at this time. Our family has lost a loving mother, dedicated wife, and above all a wonderful, caring woman who was invested in her students. At this point we ask that you respect our privacy as we begin the process of dealing with this awful tragedy. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers from all over the country. Thank you.”

3:09 p.m.: Outside the town’s nearby firehouse, there are now 26 Christmas Trees–with teddy bears nestled into each.

2:55 p.m.: The aunt of Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza said the shooter’s mother pulled him out of Newtown’s public school system because she was unhappy with the school district’s plans for her son. [READ MORE]

2:41 p.m.: A new yearbook photo of Newton, Conn., shooting suspect Adam Lanza has been released. Click here for more photos from the Conn. school tragedy.

 

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Newtown, Connecticut mass shooter Adam Lanza is third from right in this 2008 yearbook photo. (ABC NEWS)

2:30 p.m.: A photo of Conn. shooting victim Nancy Lanza, the mother of Adam Lanza, has been released.

 

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Photo of Nancy J. Lanza. (Courtesy: Family Member of Nancy Lanza)

2:15 p.m.:  Police are investigating reports that Adam Lanza had an altercation at the school in the days before the shooting, sources tell ABC News. [READ MORE]

 

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Residents leave after paying a flower tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

1:34 p.m.: The premiere of the Tom Cruise film “Jack Reacher,” originally scheduled for today in Pittsburgh, has been postponed. “Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow’s Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher,”  Paramount said in a Dec. 14 statement . [READ MORE]

12:45 p.m.: Police recovered as many as five guns from the scene of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Sig Sauer 9-mm handgun and a Bushmaster rifle. Police also found .223 shell casings at the scene. Lanza, who committed suicide after shooting his victims, was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

 


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A flag hanging in the business area of Netown, Conn. waits to be filled with the names of 27 victims.

FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE NEWTOWN, CONN. SCHOOL SHOOTING, CLICK HERE

11:47 a.m.:  “We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy…We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy,” said the family of Catherine Hubbard, a first-grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in a statement.

11:46 a.m.: Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed 20 kids and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday, was very bright, say neighbors and former classmates, but he was also socially awkward and deeply troubled.

Read the Blotter’s full profile of Shooter Adam Lanza.

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Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance addresses a press conference on the situation following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Ct. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

 

10:38 a.m.: A state trooper has been assigned to each of the victim’s families to protect their privacy, authorities tell ABC.

10:17 a.m.:  Cops confirm Lanza “not voluntarily let into the school at all. Forced way into school.”

10:16 a.m.: “As you know, the victims have been positively identified by the office of the medical examiner.”  Release of victims’ names to come soon, says Paul Vance, spokesman for Conn. State Police.

9:18 a.m.: Delayed press conference expected to begin momentarily. Names of victims may be released. WATCH HERE.

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A U.S. flag flies at half-staff as vehicles drive on Main Street in downtown Newtown, Conn., as the sun rises the morning after a gunman opened fire inside a nearby elementary school. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

7:51 a.m.: Some, but not all, victims have been removed from the school, police tell ABC News.

7:50 a.m.: Lanza appears to have gained entry into the school by breaking a window, Lt, George Sinko of the Newtown Police, tells ABC News.

7:46 a.m.: Janet Robinson, superintendent of Newtown Schools, say there is no record that Adam Lanza or his mother Nancy Lanza worked at the school. Previous reports indicated she was a teacher or teacher’s aide there. Nancy Lanza may have volunteered there.

7:45 a.m.: WATCH upcoming press conference with Conn. State Police at 8 a.m. The names of the victims may be released at that time.

On Friday, Dec. 14, gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children, 6 adults and himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Prior to the rampage he shot his mother at her home nearby.

DAY ONE: Live Updates: Newtown, Conn., School Shooting.

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