Elementary School Shooting Leaves Dozens Dead

Originally published on December 16, 2012 1:43 pm
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Investigation is under way into the second deadliest school shooting to take place in the United States. Law enforcement officials have identified the gunman to NPR as Adam Lanza. He's 20 years old, and he was found dead at the scene. Twenty small children and six adults were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. NPR has also learned that the mother of the shooter was found dead in the family residence nearby. At a press conference today, Lieutenant Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police had a few new details, one about the shooter.

LIEUTENANT J. PAUL VANCE: I can tell you is, it was believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all, that he forced his way into the school. But that's as far as we can go on that.

SIMON: And he had an update on a woman who survived the shootings.

VANCE: She's doing fine. She has been treated and she'll be instrumental in this investigation, I'm sure you can understand.

SIMON: Yesterday, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy talked to the people of his state.

GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY: Evil visited this community today. And it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut, we're all in this together. We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. We will get through it. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.