Adam Lanza

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Location of Newtown in Connecticut
Location 12 Dickenson Drive,
Sandy Hook, Connecticut, USA
Coordinates 41°25′12″N 73°16′43″W / 41.42°N 73.27861°W / 41.42; -73.27861Coordinates: 41°25′12″N 73°16′43″W / 41.42°N 73.27861°W / 41.42; -73.27861 [1]
Date December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)
9:35 a.m.[2] (EST)
Target Students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Attack type spree shooting
Weapon(s)
Deaths 28[4] (including the perpetrator)
Injured At least one[5]
Perpetrator Adam Peter Lanza[7]

On December 14, 2012, 20-year old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children and 6 staff, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut, and then killed himself.[6] The school shooting occurred after he shot and killed his mother, a volunteer at the school, at their nearby Newtown home. It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

After shooting his mother, Nancy Lanza, age 54, Adam drove her car to the school.[10]

In early reports by media organizations, Ryan Lanza was mistakenly identified as the shooter.[13]

Contents

Background

The school had a total of 700 students in grades K–4. According to a letter sent to parents at the beginning of the year, the school had recently upgraded its security protocol, requiring visitors to be individually admitted after visual and identification review over a video monitor; the doors were locked at 9:30 am each day after morning arrivals.[14]

Shooting

Adam Lanza may have been admitted to the school by the principal because he was recognized as the son of a colleague.[27]

Authorities recovered two [33]

Response by authorities

The state police received the first 911 call at 9:41 am and responded immediately.[15]

Perpetrator

Adam Peter Lanza
Background information
Born April 22, 1992
Kingston, New Hampshire
Died December 14, 2012 (age 20)
Newtown, Connecticut
Cause of death Suicide
Killings
Date December 14, 2012
Location(s) Newtown, Connecticut
United States
Killed 27

Police authorities said the gunman was Adam Lanza, age 20 (born April 22, 1992). Lanza attended St. Rose of Lima in middle school,[20] and Newtown High School, where he was an honors student. He had no criminal record.[6][34][35] He was born in Kingston, New Hampshire, where his parents were married.[36] Adam Lanza lived with his mother in a Sandy Hook house 5 miles (8 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School.[37]

Adam Lanza’s parents had divorced in 2009.[40]

At the time of the shooting, Adam Lanza was carrying the identification of his older brother, Ryan Lanza, age 24,[42]

Ryan Lanza told law enforcement that his brother was believed to suffer from a [47]

Victims

Nancy Lanza, mother of the shooter[48]
Dawn Hochsprung, 47, principal[48]
Vicki Soto, 27, first grade teacher[48]
Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist[49]
3 unidentified adults
20 unidentified children

Lt. J. Paul Vance, the [50]

Reactions

Domestic

In reaction to the shooting, [52]

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to the people of Newtown, the people of Connecticut, the President of the United States, the people of the United States and, quite frankly, across the world that we’ve heard from since this unspeakable and tragic event occurred here. As you know, there are a number of victims: teachers, support personnel in the building and children – beautiful, beautiful children who simply came to school to learn. And their day ended a very different way than any of us could possibly have imagined. And, quite frankly, as we stand here today still can’t imagine what transpired there. 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 do to get through this event. We will get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and these families…

A night vigil with hundreds attending at the nearby St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown was held that night; Governor Malloy was among the speakers.[53]

President Obama making a statement on the shooting

At 12:41 p.m. [59]

Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York called for more talk about stricter gun laws: “If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don’t know when is.” He also stated, “I am challenging President Obama, the Congress and the American public to act on our outrage and, finally, do something about this.”[60]

United States Arne Duncan released the following statement:

School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today’s heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community. Our hearts and prayers go out to every parent, child, teacher, staff member, and administrator at Sandy Hook and the surrounding community. And our thanks go out to every teacher, staff member, and first responder who cared for, comforted, and protected children from harm, often at risk to themselves. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the healing and recovery of Newtown.[61]

Within hours of the shootings, former presidential candidate [65]

On the day of the attack, [68]

International

Representitives or leaders from the following countries and groups offered their condolences: [86].

See also

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