On the morning of December 14, there was a horrific school shooting in Newton, Connecticut that left 27 people dead – 18 (possibly now 20) of those killed were children. A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary, which serves kindergarten through 4th grade, around 9:41 in the morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected in this absolutely devastating event.
Although we still don’t know everything about what happened at Sandy Hook, we do know a few details. Federal officials previously confirmed that the shooter was 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. Now officials say the shooter is Adam Lanza, Ryan’s 20-year-old brother, who supposedly had many mental issues. He was found dead inside the school, although we don’t know if he shot himself or was killed by police. The shooter was armed with four guns and was wearing all black and a bulletproof vest. The shooter’s parent was found dead in a home in New Jersey. His mother was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook and the shooter supposedly entered her kindergarten classroom, where he killed her and then opened fire on the students, after opening fire in the main office of the school.
There have been rumors that there was a second shooter involved, and while that has yet to be confirmed, a second person is currently in custody for some sort of involvement. This person is said to be Ryan Lanza’s younger brother. President Obama is expected to make a statement around 3:15 PM EST.
We don’t know why Ryan Lanza committed this horrible crime, and we probably never understand why this happened. It is devastating to hear about something like this happening to anyone anywhere, and it is even more devastating to know that innocent children had their lives taken away. Hearing the quotes from the children who had to witness this is incredibly sad and disturbing. We are deeply saddened by this awful news and can only send love to all of the families affected by this.
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