UPDATE: Conn. gunman's father speaks of sympathy, heartbreak

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Close to 30 people were killed inside a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

Close to 30 people were killed inside a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

7:30 p.m. update:

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The father of the gunman in the Connecticut school rampage says his family is saddened and struggling to make sense of what happened.

Peter Lanza says in a statement released late Saturday that "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy."

Investigators are trying to learn more about Lanza's son, 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, who gunned down 26 people including 20 children at a Newtown elementary school. They've questioned his older brother, who's not believed to have been involved in the rampage.

Peter Lanza says "no words can truly express how heartbroken we are" and that relatives are "in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can."

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

Update:

NEWTOWN, 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.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

Update:

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- 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.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

Update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has addressed a stunned nation for a second time regarding the Connecticut school massacre, saying the country is "heavy with hurt."

In his weekly media message, Obama said, "We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child's innocence has been torn away far too early."

Police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at home and then massacred 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school in Newtown. Lanza, committed suicide.

Obama says he and his wife, Michelle, "are doing what I know every parent is doing - holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them."

Republicans ceded their time so that Obama could speak for the nation.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

Initial report:

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say they may be able to release the identities of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting on Saturday morning.

State police Lt. Paul Vance said Friday evening that officials were "cautiously optimistic" that they could have all the identities pinned down by the morning.

He says that authorities already have preliminary identities but that "it's a very meticulous process."

Family and friends have been identifying some, including the school's principal. When she took the job in 2010, Dawn Hochsprung told the Newton Bee that she couldn't image "a more positive place to bring students to every day."

Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza is believed to be the gunman who shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, killing 26 children and adults, then himself.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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