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Conn. school shooter killed self after gunning down 27

Mother slain at home before rampage that killed 20 elementary students

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Authorities have identified the man suspected of killing 26 people at a Connecticut school as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary left 20 children dead, reports said.

According to news reports, Lanza opened fire at the school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning.

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Lanza's mother was killed at the family's home.

The death toll in the shooting rampage, including Lanza's suicide, was 28.

Earlier reports said that 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, Adam's brother, was the shooter. A report from a law enforcement official mixed up the brother's names, leading to widespread postings of the older brother's photograph by news organizations, including this one.

Photos of the older brother were posted on his Facebook page, which identified his connections with Hoboken, N.J. and Newton. That page was taken down early Friday afternoon.

“Our hearts are broken today," President Barack Obama said. "We have endured too many of these tragedies."

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The nation has been "through this too many times," with recent mass shootings, and must take action "regardless of the politics."

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Dec 14, 2012, 10:44 pm
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Eric, you ask “why is this only happening here?”.

It isn’t only here in the U.S.

Remember the story of the Norwegian man who went to an island near Oslo in July of 2011 ? That nightmare lasted for over 2 hours, while he hunted and killed 69 people (mostly teenagers) at a summer camp on the island.

Or the two incidents of school shootings in Finland (one in Nov 2007 and one in Sept 2008) that left 18 victims dead, along with the shooter in each case ? Or another shooting at a mall in Finland that happened in the last two weeks that left 3 people dead ?

This isn’t endemic only to the United States.

Dec 14, 2012, 10:06 pm
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My wife and daughter was planning on attending the Gabby Giffords event when she got shot. Few weeks ago my daughter school was shut down here in Tucson over someone bringing guns to school. I hate to shelter my kids but you just dont know when one of these cowardly mentally deranged people are gonna go postal and take out innocents and then do the ultimate in cowardess by not facing thier actions and taking thier own life and leave a lifetime of “why”..and i have to ask myself, why is this only happening here? unless its not reported world wide. When was the last time you heard of a person doing this in Europe? or elswhere? i just dont get it. Sickens my heart that this has to happen..Are the people close to these deranged people not see anything? my kids mopey or mood changes for a second im asking questions..I cant belive this guy was a totally normal person and just all of a sudden snapped and snuffed out so many innocent lives

Dec 14, 2012, 8:50 pm
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What is going on with these twisted, lone, 20 something, male gunmen? Two nut jobs in the same week. They should have just taken themselves out without taking innocent people along with them. The problem seems to be mental illness in the form of sociopath behavior coupled with too easy access to lethal weapons. There needs to be better ways to identify these messed up people and get them help and at the same time make it harder to get weapons to mow down lots of lives at once. Yes there are rights to bear arms to protect yourself and your home, or hunt. But beyond that there needs to be more restrictions. This carnage won’t stop. I avoid malls anymore especially around the holidays because of the latest B.S. there are too many untreated mental illnesses out there not being treated, and with the weapons so easily out here, it is just too easy for a repeat performance. Better a hermit life than getting plugged and no life!

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Obama's remarks: 'Been through this too many times'

President Barack Obama's remarks on the Connecticut school shooting, as released by the White House:

This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we'll tell them that we love them, and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.

May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

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