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More Details Emerging About Suspect In Connecticut School Shooting
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Reported: Dec. 14, 2012 12:44 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 9:12 AM EST
Connecticut State Police say multiple 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets found at elementary school where 26 were killed.
State Police Lt. Paul Vance also said Sunday that authorities have officially identified the gunman in the school rampage as Adam Lanza. They say his mother, Nancy, as was one of his victims.
Residents of Newtown are preparing for a visit by President Barack Obama. He is scheduled to attend an interfaith vigil in the evening.
The shooting is the largest massacre of school-age children in U.S. history.
Relatives of Nancy Lanza, the mother and one of the victims of Connecticut school shooting suspect, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, say in a statement that they share the grief of the Newton community and the nation.
A sheriff in New Hampshire, where Nancy Lanza once lived, read the statement Saturday, saying the family is trying to understand "the tremendous loss." Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing said Lanza's brother James Champion, a retired police captain in Kingston, N.H., and other relatives express their "heartfelt sorrow" and "the whole family is traumatized by this event."
Champion would not discuss what might have triggered his nephew to go on the shooting spree.
Nancy Lanza's family described her as kind, loving and considerate. She was once a stockbroker for John Hancock in Boston.
President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday in Newtown, Conn., the site of Friday's deadly elementary school shooting.
Hours after the shooting, a tearful Obama said he grieved first as a father. In those remarks and later in his Saturday radio address, Obama called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, but did not say what it should be.
Obama's visit to Newtown for an interfaith vigil would be the fourth time he has traveled to a city after a mass shooting.
The president had planned to travel to Maine on Wednesday for an event promoting his positions in "fiscal cliff" negotiations, but the White House canceled that trip because of the shooting.
A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.
The first official says Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.
Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
More information is emerging about the suspect in today's Connecticut elementary school shootings. A law enforcement official identifies him as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza.
Another official who was briefed on the shooting says the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- and that one of the victims was the shooter's mother, a teacher at the school.
According to one official, the suspect's younger brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter.
The official also says Ryan Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
Although authorities haven't released the number of dead and injured, an official says 26 people were killed, including 18 children, in addition to the gunman. That would make the shooting the nation's second-deadliest at a school -- exceeded only by the Virginia tech massacre in 2007.
Students are telling parents about their ordeal this morning. One 6-year-old has told his father that he was in a classroom when a gunman burst in and shot the teacher. The boy said he grabbed some of his friends and ran from the room.
ABC News reports that the mother of Connecticut elementary school shooting suspect Ryan Lanza was found shot to death in the school.
Officials have said 27 people were killed in the shooting, including 18 children.
An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school said 27 people are dead, including 18 children.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.
The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, believed to have left 27 dead, including 18 children.
The official in Washington spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
Connecticut State Police say they are assisting local police in Newtown in response to reports of a shooting at an elementary school.
A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it's unclear if that's the only injury.
The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.
The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State Police said Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.
The Newtown Bee newspaper posted a photo of a group of young students -- some crying, others looking visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each others' shoulders.
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