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Man kills mother, then 26 at Connecticut grade school

By John Christoffersen

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:51 p.m. HST, Dec 14, 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn. »  A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots reverberating through the building and screams echoing over the intercom.

The 20-year-old killer, carrying at least two handguns, committed suicide at the school, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.

The rampage, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that claimed 33 lives in 2007.

"Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama, struggling to maintain his composure, said at the White House. He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, saying, "As a country, we have been through this too many times."

Police shed no light on the motive for the attack. The gunman, Adam Lanza, was believed to suffer from a personality disorder and lived with his mother, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it.

Panicked parents looking for their children raced to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, a prosperous New England community of about 27,000 people 60 miles northeast of New York City. Police told youngsters at the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school to close their eyes as they were led from the building so that they wouldn't see the blood and broken glass.

Schoolchildren — some crying, others looking frightened — were escorted through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity said that Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, then drove to the school in her car with at least three guns, including a high-powered rifle that he apparently left in the back of the vehicle, and shot up two classrooms around 9:30 a.m. 

A custodian ran through the halls, warning of a gunman on the loose, and someone switched on the intercom, alerting people in the building to the attack — and perhaps saving many lives — by letting them hear the hysteria going on in the school office, a teacher said. Teachers locked their doors and ordered children to huddle in a corner or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building.

Authorities gave no details on exactly how the attack unfolded, but police radio traffic indicated the shooting lasted only a few minutes. State police Lt. Paul Vance said officers arrived instantaneously, immediately entered the school, searched it completely and found Lanza dead.

In addition to the 20 children, six adults were killed at the school; the principal was believed to be among the dead. A woman who worked at Sandy Hook Elementary was wounded. 

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said investigators believe Lanza attended the school several years ago but appeared to have no recent connection to the place.

At least one parent said Lanza's mother was a substitute teacher there. But her name did not appear on a staff list. And the law enforcement official said investigators were unable to establish any connection so far between her and the school.

Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., was being questioned, but a law enforcement official said he was not believed to have had a role in the rampage. Investigators were searching his computers and phone records, but he told law enforcement he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation.

At one point, a law enforcement official mistakenly identified the gunman as Ryan Lanza. Brett Wilshe, a friend of Ryan Lanza's, said Lanza told him the gunman may have had his identification. Ryan Lanza apparently posted Facebook page updates Friday afternoon that read, "It wasn't me" and "I was at work."

Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. "That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he said. "He was very brave. He waited for his friends."

He said the shooter didn't utter a word.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs. Teachers told her to get in a corner, he said. "It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said. His daughter was uninjured.

Theodore Varga was in a meeting with other fourth-grade teachers when he heard the gunfire. He said someone had turned on the intercom so that "you could hear people in the office. You could hear the hysteria that was going on. I think whoever did that saved a lot of people. Everyone in the school was listening to the terror that was transpiring."

Also, a custodian ran around, warning people there was someone with a gun, Varga said.

"He said, 'Guys! Get down! Hide!'" Varga said. "So he was actually a hero." The teacher said he did not know if the custodian survived.

Mergim Bajraliu, 17, said he heard the gunshots echo from his home and ran to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was uninjured, heard a scream come over the intercom. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.

"Everyone was just traumatized," he said.

On Friday night, hundreds of people packed a Newtown church and stood outside in a vigil for the victims. People held hands, lit candles and sang "Silent Night" at St. Rose of Lima church. Anthony Bloss, whose three daughters survived the shootings, said they are doing better than he is. "I'm numb. I'm completely numb," he said at the vigil.

Mary Pendergast said her 9-year-old nephew was in the school at the time of the shooting but wasn't hurt after his music teacher helped him take cover in a closet.

Richard Wilford's 7-year-old son, Richie, told him that he heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." The boy said a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the children huddle in the corner until police arrived.

"There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."

On Friday afternoon, family members were led away from a firehouse that was being used as a staging area, some of them weeping. One man, wearing a T-shirt without a jacket, put his arms around a woman as they walked down the middle of the street, oblivious to everything around them. Another woman with tears rolling down her face walked by, carrying a car seat with a baby inside.

"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 to overcome this event," Gov. Dannel Malloy said. 

Adam Lanza and his mother lived in a well-to-do part of Newtown where neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM.

At least three guns were found — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, inside the school, and a .223-caliber rifle in the back of a car, authorities said. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of the guns used in the attack may have belonged to Lanza's mother, who had legally bought five weapons.

Authorities also recovered three other guns — a Henry repeating rifle, an Enfield rifle and a shotgun. It was not clear exactly where those weapons were found.

The shootings instantly brought to mind such tragedies as the Columbine High School massacre that killed 15 in 1999 and the July shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead.

"You go to a movie theater in Aurora and all of a sudden your life is taken," Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis said. "You're at a shopping mall in Portland, Ore., and your life is taken. This morning, when parents kissed their kids goodbye knowing that they are going to be home to celebrate the holiday season coming up, you don't expect this to happen."

He added: "It has to stop, these senseless deaths."

Obama's comments on the tragedy amounted to one of the most outwardly emotional moments of his presidency.

"The majority of those who died were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," Obama said.

He paused for several seconds to keep his composure as he teared up and wiped an eye. Nearby, two aides cried and held hands as they listened to Obama.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, wedding, kids of their own," Obama continued about the victims. "Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children."


Associated Press writers Jim Fitzgerald in Newtown, Pete Yost in Washington, D.C., Tom Hays in New York and Michael Melia in Hartford contributed to this report.


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allie wrote:
This kind of thing seems to happen every day
on December 14,2012 | 06:22AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on December 14,2012 | 07:05AM
IAmSane wrote:
That's just weird.
on December 14,2012 | 07:12AM
Heinbear wrote:
Actually, hitting kids with that rod is what produces violent nut cases like this!
on December 14,2012 | 07:25AM
Venus1 wrote:
You are sooo right...violence begets violence...We need to stand up to the NRA and get gun control laws....
on December 14,2012 | 07:44AM
Kuokoa wrote:
We need to stand up to parents to do a better job of raising their children and get satan out of schools and GOD back into the schools!!!!! Divorce, single parent families, homosexualism, porn -- all lead to the children being confused and take their anger out on those around them.
on December 14,2012 | 02:54PM
wondermn1 wrote:
This is and was a terrible tradgedy!!!!. We need to get back raising children and teaching values & responsablity. A sad day for the Nation as we all try and make sense of this tragedy. God bless America.
on December 14,2012 | 07:00PM
Mediocrates wrote:
your a sick ignorant person. violence to children leads them to commit violence upon others. Gun control, strick strick gun control is the only solution here
on December 14,2012 | 07:59AM
aomohoa wrote:
The last tragedy the other day, he stole a gun from someone he knew. I think you should have to have a psychiatric evaluation before you can buy a gun.
on December 14,2012 | 08:15AM
false wrote:
They do.... and background check, and fingerprints, and pictures, and waiting time, and firearms classes... well, everyone except the criminals.
on December 14,2012 | 11:08AM
false wrote:
All the gun laws banning us from carring a side arm or from owning certain types of fire arms means nothing to those who don't follow the laws.
on December 14,2012 | 11:06AM
jekat2003 wrote:
Exactly! Unfortunately a lot of people don't understand this concept.....Just like prohibition didn't stop people from drinking alcohol.....Just like outlawing large sodas isn't going to stop some people from becoming obsese.....just like outlawing drugs is not going to stop some people from overdosing.....outlawing firearms isn't going to stop these kinds of tragedies from happening because the perpetrators obviously don't care about obeying laws in the first place.....it's all about personal responsibility and self control....both of which there are far too little of today.
on December 14,2012 | 01:03PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Those are the words you chose to type after hearing about this? Shame on you.
on December 14,2012 | 08:07AM
RichardCory wrote:
Don't feed the trolls.
on December 14,2012 | 11:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
Grimbold that is very insensitive! This guy is a nut. He killed one of his own parents too, they just said on the news. Show some compassion for all the people involved.
on December 14,2012 | 08:11AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Sick comment.
on December 14,2012 | 08:54AM
OldDiver wrote:
Grimbold, still with the political nonsense after this? You are sick brother.
on December 14,2012 | 10:38AM
aomohoa wrote:
Am I agreeing with OldDiver for the first time. YES!
on December 14,2012 | 11:05AM
TropKnight wrote:
True that. VIDEO GAMES. I bet this punk played a lot of violent video games that desensitized him. Parents these days let their kids play these useless video games for hours on end. This gotta have some kind of effect on the kids' thinking.
on December 14,2012 | 12:11PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Oh, please! At least for once, let's put aside the blame game but come together, grieve together, and mourn the loss of precious lives.
on December 14,2012 | 03:44PM
IAmSane wrote:
It actually doesn't.
on December 14,2012 | 07:11AM
kainalu wrote:
A person is gunned-down on-average every-hour in the United States. For the past decade, we lose more citizens to gun-violence each-year than we've lost total combat soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other than by law enforcement, guns used in "self defense" is so rare, it doesn't even register in some states - Hawaii for example. The cold hard fact is that a gun if used at all, is exponentially more-likely to be used against the gun-owner or someone closely associated, like family, friends, neighbors or associates.
on December 14,2012 | 07:13AM
allie wrote:
on December 14,2012 | 07:35AM
HD36 wrote:
More people have died form sugar than anything in the history of man.
on December 14,2012 | 05:45PM
false wrote:
We've used a gun 3 times in Hawaii when someone tried to break in to our home. First time the guy was in the house and ran away when he saw the guns. The police were called and we were scolded by them... we were wrong in "threatening to use a gun" on the intruder. Twice, intruders ran away when we shouted we had a gun. We didn't call police. No mention of using a firearm to protect ourselves was ever mentioned in the news. It happens a lot more often than you realize.
on December 14,2012 | 11:18AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe you need to move to a better neighborhood or start a Neighborhood watch.
on December 14,2012 | 11:40AM
WKAMA wrote:
on December 14,2012 | 02:08PM
KelleeMalia wrote:
I second that Amen!
on December 14,2012 | 03:20PM
likewise wrote:
B. S. ! If false was a rape victim you'd be telling him to not to wear short skirts and high heels. DON'T BLAME THE VICTIM!
on December 14,2012 | 05:31PM
aomohoa wrote:
If I thought that, I would say she should carry a gun. What a ridiculous comment. And being female I would NEVER say that. Just a dumb comment because you are pro gun and I am anti I guess.
on December 14,2012 | 06:01PM
Pocho wrote:
Bush's Fault
on December 14,2012 | 07:54AM
aomohoa wrote:
That's a ridiculous comment Pocho!
on December 14,2012 | 08:15AM
Pocho wrote:
it's no different than what other posters are trying to put the blame. Of course It's all on the shooter, no other person or entity is to blame.
on December 14,2012 | 08:40AM
967TREE4 wrote:
I'm sure he had friends... let's find them and question them!!!
on December 14,2012 | 08:53AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
allie, if this happened in Hawaii, you'd have a field day shoving it in our local faces. It's unfortunate that it happened anywhere, and my heart goes out to the victims and survivors.
on December 14,2012 | 07:59AM
aomohoa wrote:
It doesn't happen every day but it happens too often!
on December 14,2012 | 08:10AM
967TREE4 wrote:
It's happens more than the news can cover... that's for sure!
on December 14,2012 | 08:52AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
allie, you're sensational. This is the second-worst massacre in U.S. history, so this doesn't happen every day.
on December 14,2012 | 01:44PM
aomohoa wrote:
How can you trivialize one of the worst mass shootings in U/S/ history!
on December 14,2012 | 03:08PM
aomohoa wrote:
I meant that for allie
on December 14,2012 | 06:02PM
yhls wrote:
There are so many sick, evil people in our society filled with hate who blame everyone else for their problems. They'd find a way to kill no matter what laws are passed.
on December 14,2012 | 07:02AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on December 14,2012 | 07:07AM
IAmSane wrote:
Weird nationalist/race separatist comment. Newtown is 95.14% white (source: Wikipedia). Not very "multiracial."
on December 14,2012 | 07:16AM
Venus1 wrote:
What are you saying...divide up people according to the color of their skin...I hope we don't spend time on your analysis....
on December 14,2012 | 07:46AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Grimbold, I guess you don't know your neighbors. I've always made it a point to do so. You must have bad experiences with multiracial/multicultural differences. It works for me and others, not for you and others.
on December 14,2012 | 08:01AM
aomohoa wrote:
What are you saying? You scare me!
on December 14,2012 | 08:17AM
control wrote:
well yeah, because of bozos like you
on December 14,2012 | 09:37AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Maybe its because of mental illness. I'll leave you readers to guess if I am referring to the shooter, Grimbold's comments or both.
on December 14,2012 | 02:55PM
ezridah wrote:
selfish #@@#$$...why take other lives??? especially kids !
on December 14,2012 | 07:09AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree. If he like kill people, join the military and shoot the terrorists. My ALOHA to all the families involved in this tragedy.
on December 14,2012 | 08:35AM
kainalu wrote:
Absolutely tragic.
on December 14,2012 | 07:09AM
alikarx03 wrote:
This goes to show everyone that we do not need guns in our society. People are not equipped to use them properly. All gun sales should be banned. America's problem is guns. In Japan you cannot get a gun...how many gun related crimes do they have? Look it up, its very small. By contrast in America it is the exact opposite. This is horrible. And the in the big picture it is all about getting guns OUT of our society.
on December 14,2012 | 07:19AM
Venus1 wrote:
I like the laws in Japan...true in most other civilized countries....
on December 14,2012 | 07:47AM
Fred01 wrote:
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on December 14,2012 | 08:11AM
alikarx03 wrote:
no you suck dude. how could you even say that. not speaking with any evidence to support such a stupid claim
on December 14,2012 | 09:16AM
aomohoa wrote:
I think we all need to mention who we are responding to.
on December 14,2012 | 11:08AM
HD36 wrote:
You suck
on December 14,2012 | 05:46PM
IAmSane wrote:
9,000 murders with firearms per year in the United States
47 in Japan
14 in the United Kingdom

Yeah, we've got a big problem.
on December 14,2012 | 08:00AM
aomohoa wrote:
Why is it so low in The United Kingdom? Of course there is a much smaller population.
on December 14,2012 | 08:18AM
IAmSane wrote:
Guns are banned there. I don't think even the police over there carry guns. UK has about a fifth of the US population, but even when you factor in the death-to-population ratio, our number are way high. There was one lolo in one of the previous comments who said that multiculturalism was causing gun violence, but UK is a pretty racially diverse country too, and they don't have the kind of problem that we do. There are a lot of people in this country who seem to think that more guns = less crime, but statistics say otherwise.
on December 14,2012 | 09:14AM
aomohoa wrote:
Thanks for putting a new light on gun control IAmSane.
on December 14,2012 | 11:09AM
alikarx03 wrote:
read the article Jason Whitlock wrote in the aftermath of the Kansas City football player killing his girlfriend then himself in KC. it was an eye opening and very true article regarding why guns do what they do to make people feel bigger than they are because they have a gun.
on December 14,2012 | 09:18AM
false wrote:
I wonder how many people would not have been killed today if the teachers were armed and trained in self defense?
on December 14,2012 | 11:20AM
aomohoa wrote:
Ridiculous, False And you an educated man??
on December 14,2012 | 11:31AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
false, ur stupid. You grumble about teachers getting raises now you say arm them? You are a republican, so is grim bold, you guys have posted in favor of NRA and republicans.
on December 14,2012 | 04:11PM
aomohoa wrote:
Wow first I agreed with Old Diver and now you NanakuliBoss. Maybe we can all get alone:)
on December 14,2012 | 06:03PM
loquaciousone wrote:
What is going on in this world today?
on December 14,2012 | 07:17AM
Mythman wrote:
loquac: "what's going on in this world today?" Read Jean Baudrillard Simulacra and Simulation
on December 14,2012 | 07:35AM
pakeheat wrote:
Read the Bible also
on December 14,2012 | 09:53AM
Morimoto wrote:
27 dead at an elementary school in the US is a tragedy, 500,000 dead in the Afghan war is a statistic. So sad indeed.
on December 14,2012 | 07:18AM
BigOpu wrote:
I don't understand it, why the children? This sick f*%#! should just take his own life and spare others. I hope there is a level below Hell that this $h*T has to stew in for his after life.
on December 14,2012 | 07:19AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Beyond belief! My heart aches for the families especially at this time of year. Forever life changed for them. I pray they find some comfort and can keep faith. Much Aloha and prayer.
on December 14,2012 | 07:21AM
allie wrote:
i wept this morning
on December 14,2012 | 08:43AM
pakeheat wrote:
It hurts everyone, so sad.
on December 14,2012 | 09:54AM
aomohoa wrote:
I think the nation wept this morning:)
on December 14,2012 | 11:10AM
ISAY wrote:
Swallow that NRA. &&%%$$#!!!
on December 14,2012 | 07:24AM
Allenk wrote:
First Clackamas gunman at the mall, now a gunman at a school. What's happening?!?! Firearms are to easy to acquire.
on December 14,2012 | 07:25AM
Mythman wrote:
In China they use a sharp instrument because guns are not readily as available. Or now they spray you with lighter fluid and throw a match on you.
on December 14,2012 | 07:36AM
Venus1 wrote:
I know other objects kill...knives etc...that does not make this 'GUN CULTURE'...legit....
on December 14,2012 | 07:48AM
aomohoa wrote:
You can't kill near as many with a knife as a gun! That was shown today!
on December 14,2012 | 02:19PM
lowtone123 wrote:
My heart aches today. Many inncoent children gunned down senselessly. Their lives ended after barely beginning.
on December 14,2012 | 07:27AM
allie wrote:
welcome to amerika hon
on December 14,2012 | 08:43AM
pakeheat wrote:
Yep, separation of church and state, I wonder what Mitch Kahle and Holly Huber thinks?
on December 14,2012 | 09:56AM
aomohoa wrote:
That is a tacky thing to say allie. And again being condescending with the"hon."
on December 14,2012 | 02:20PM
Palakika wrote:
We need to focus on mental health issues. The increasing isolation that some members of our rush around society feel is allowing those who are already mentally unstable to go undiagnosed. They are left to their own devises and the lives they live in their own heads, sometimes abetted by the internet, becomes a justified reality. Insanity does not happen overnight, the disconnect is lifetime of accumulated hurts real or imagined. Families are left helpless and with few resources to help even when they suspect there is a serious problem. The constant debate about gun control is not unworthy but really the unstable filled with illogical rage will always find a way to act out. We do nothing to help those whose mental illness does not allow them to help themselves. Shame.
on December 14,2012 | 07:48AM
alikarx03 wrote:
unfortunately you cant help people who don't seek or want help. how are you going to force these people not only to get help, but to also take their meds and continue to be "well"?? if you really want to take this problem away you have to start with the root of the problem and that is GUNS? when is a gun ever needed in todays society? if you are not a military person or a police officer, when and why is a gun ever needed? if you hate someone, challenge them to a fight. not hide behind a firearm because you would get beat up if you didn't have one. people think they are bigger and stronger when they have a gun, then they figure they have to use it in the worst times. its a proven fact that guns are not needed in society. look at Japan and other civilized countries, they are fine without guns.
on December 14,2012 | 09:24AM
Palakika wrote:
Families can't do anything to get treatment for the unstable, nor can anyone else force them to take their meds or any of the help that is available. How is that working out for us? Can we talk about it. Obvious mentally ill people wander our streets, most harmless, but why as a civilized society we do nothing. It is inane. This is a two pronged problem. Mental illness and guns in the hands of the wrong people. Both involve constitutional rights, but both need to be addressed.
on December 14,2012 | 10:29AM
false wrote:
Every teacher at that school NEEDED a gun this morning... to protect their lives and the lives of their students. That's when and why.
on December 14,2012 | 11:25AM
PokeStop wrote:
So sorry for the bad news coming out of Connecticut today. Everybody needs to give a hug to the person next to them. So much hate in this world today. Also find a church that's conveniently located to you and attend Sunday church service. Humans need to find that inner peace through individual soul searching. 12/21/12 is approaching next week!
on December 14,2012 | 07:55AM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree with your comment until you mentioned 12/21/12.
on December 14,2012 | 08:19AM
Fred01 wrote:
Hawaii, with its ignorant and unconstitutional firearm restrictions, has the highest rate of machete and samurai sword assaults in the country.
on December 14,2012 | 08:14AM
kimpira wrote:
HPD needs to keep an eye on you.
on December 14,2012 | 09:13AM
Leinanij wrote:
Assaults, but not deaths you ignoramus.
on December 14,2012 | 11:24AM
Waokanaka wrote:
So, all against gun control, think there's just a tiny chance this would NOT have happened if there was some form of gun control ? Oh yeah, where were the people who carry guns to show how they support the 2nd amendment ?? Isn't that one of the ludicrous excuses to not have gun control ?? The old, if someone had a gun, they could have shot the nut before he killed too many more children ?? Funny how that NEVER happens. Maybe because only a "well regulated militia" is used to returning fire when under fire.
on December 14,2012 | 08:19AM
DeltaDag wrote:
In the US, schools are typically designated gun-free zones. Law-abiding people know this. People intent on violence know this; it's a place to go if you want to be sure your rampage is unimpeded by an armed citizen.
on December 14,2012 | 10:28AM
Kaluu wrote:
Anybody know any intelligent studies on possible reasons why mass killings are so frequent? Guns have been around for a very long time, but this type of gun violence hasn't.
on December 14,2012 | 08:23AM
hawaiikone wrote:
We've become so spiritually sterile that we're allowing political correctness to remove God from having influence in our nation and our lives. God has always been nearby but we've taken Him way too much for granted and have forgotten how to both lean on Him and learn from Him. Our prayers right now should focus on those involved in this tragedy, for His assurance that their children are in Heaven with Him.
on December 14,2012 | 11:59AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
At one point in my career, I worked in Newtown. It is a very quiet town, where everyone knows everyone. The Sandy Hook section is very close knit. This is a tradgey beyond imagine. My prayers go to everyone in the community.
on December 14,2012 | 08:42AM
967TREE4 wrote:
Anyone in favor of holding the parents of shooter liable? I'm thinking they would have known that their son had weapons, mentally unstable and possibly suicidal.
on December 14,2012 | 08:51AM
livealoha wrote:
His parents are dead, he killed them too.
on December 14,2012 | 08:55AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
He killed his mother first, before going to the school. His father & older brother live in New Jersey.
on December 14,2012 | 12:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
He killed his mother, I guess you weren't paying attention to the news.
on December 14,2012 | 02:23PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Total madness. Geez.
on December 14,2012 | 08:55AM
retire wrote:
The president will fix this, he can fix anything.
on December 14,2012 | 09:24AM
CriticalReader wrote:
We've become a world where people like "retire" can call upon their illness and turn a tragedy like this into a partisan political issue with the blessing of many. It is, I believe, behavior like that that diminishes our neighborhoods, our communities, and our nation. I came to this page hoping I wouldn't see something like "retire"s inhuman reaction, yet knowing I would. THAT is what's wrong with this nation.
on December 14,2012 | 10:07AM
retire wrote:
Arm the teachers.
on December 14,2012 | 12:02PM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so right Critical Reader:)
on December 14,2012 | 02:24PM
Oahusurfer82 wrote:
Video games and movies promote "violence and multiple killings" as an everyday graphic normalcy for kids today. They're enacting what they're "virtually" immersed in on a daily basis.
on December 14,2012 | 10:08AM
nuuanusam wrote:
So senseless. So much sadness that could be avoided. When could we have some effective gun control? Those sh*theads of NRA will always tell you that "guns don't shoot people, it's people who shoot people." Well, if people is not able to obtain firearms, how could they shoot others? When will these people learn? Maybe, when one of their love ones being killed in an incident like this, then they'll learn.
on December 14,2012 | 10:23AM
Biggy2011 wrote:
your so ignorant... I could get an illegal gun with half a day in your neighborhood. you really think that if you ban all guns that we can't get them? look how well that worked with fireworks on the 1st. We are an island imagine if everything didn't come by ship like on the mainland.... pretty easy to get them across boarders there. What is your solution? Martial law? Check points and metal detectors in every building with security cameras everywere? You wear me out responding to this ignorance.
on December 14,2012 | 12:07PM
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on December 14,2012 | 10:33AM
pakeheat wrote:
Not with Holly Huber, Mitch Kahle, Hawaii Citizens for Separation of Church and State, and ACLU in the way, we are in for more of this in the future.
on December 14,2012 | 11:33AM
serious wrote:
I don't get it. Conn is probably the richest state in the nation. Most schools have really limited access--how did the shooter get in? And, other comments: Obama, like Carter is trying to micro manage--doesn't he have a attorney general who should address these things on TV? He is a lame duck president. The $$$ from the NRA make or break a candidate--wouldn't this be a great time for Our Leader to advocate the elimination of assault guns--either sold or in any civilians possession? I am all for people having guns for protection--but how many deer can you kill with a 30 round rifle???
on December 14,2012 | 11:20AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
He was the son of a teacher, probably well known. Newtown, in particular the Sandy Hook section, is not the inner city, like Bridgport, New Haven, Hartford,or Waterbury. It is a very quiet, close knit community. Until now, it's biggest claim to fame has been the home of Bruce Jenner, after he won the decathelon.
on December 14,2012 | 12:08PM
anykineguy wrote:
Where does the second amendment say anything about hunting? Show me. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you have trouble with? I guess we should throw out all of the other amendments while you are at it? By the way, when has legislation ever stopped criminals? It only serves to deprive the law abiding citizen.
on December 14,2012 | 12:11PM
Biggy2011 wrote:
False you are right on the money! I could solve all of this violence in one day.... Just allow concealed weapon carry in all states see how many people go on a shooting rampage then. Yes I know liberals you are so upset and so sickened by me so lets hear it!
on December 14,2012 | 12:02PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
So the teachers would be allowed to conceal carry in a school? Really? If not, then that conceal carry law wouldn't have saved them, would it? So crazies wouldn't conceal carry, Biggy?
on December 14,2012 | 01:46PM
yskeulb wrote:
on December 14,2012 | 12:54PM
busterb wrote:
SERIOUSLY? A ad for World of Tanks wargame on the video? I never say FAIL as I think it's stupid... but this is FAIL.
on December 14,2012 | 01:02PM
hanaboy wrote:
Today, once again, we mourn as a nation over this senseless tragedy. The lives of all involved will change forever and we grieve with them. May they find the strength and have the support from those around them to see them through this unspeakable nightmare. Hawaii weeps with you.
on December 14,2012 | 01:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sensitive comment hanaboy. Thank You for saying what really matters.
on December 14,2012 | 02:26PM
Rhi64 wrote:
on December 14,2012 | 10:32PM
Konawayne wrote:
Evil is entrenched in movies, video games, and elsewhere. Freedom of speech you know. Assault rifles, automatic pistols easy to pick up. Right to Bear Firearms you know. The Constitution needs to be amended in an intelligent way. I never forgot the study where there was no stealing on this island in the Pacific until TV was brought in to teach. I remember the movies of the fifties, the low violence of the fifties despite the soldiers just returning from WW2. The nightly news teaches also, the comments here teaches also. Hopefully I taught something along the lines of caring, forgiveness and changing the Constitution for the better. For those of you full of evil, rise above it, love yourself, and learn to love others.
on December 14,2012 | 01:56PM
mynah wrote:
too many shoot em up video games
on December 14,2012 | 02:04PM
islandsun wrote:
Well he was an adult so not much you can do to the parents except wonder what kind of upbringing he was afforded. So sad!
on December 14,2012 | 02:11PM
solo3808 wrote:
Kids and adults are playing to many violent video games and they are making these games a reality.
on December 14,2012 | 02:32PM
Kuokoa wrote:
NOW everybody wants prayer! We should all be praying for our children everyday not only when bad things happen. We should pray that they don't get into bad things.
on December 14,2012 | 02:52PM
whs1966 wrote:
There is something sick about how easy it is for crazies to purchase guns. I suppose the NRA gun-rights fanatics believe that if the teachers--heck, even the students--had been packing firearms, this nut would have been gunned down before taking so many innocent lives. Yeah...sure.
on December 14,2012 | 04:06PM
hvagd1 wrote:
Someone with a (possible) personality disorder (again) gained access to guns......
on December 14,2012 | 05:37PM
aomohoa wrote:
Ironic that he killed his mother with her own gun!
on December 14,2012 | 06:05PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on December 14,2012 | 06:41PM
Wage Earner wrote:
That's a huge assumption. Hard to know for sure if a teacher would have a gun loaded, ready to go at that precise location and moment. Regardless, a truly heartbreaking tragedy. Hope all parents hugged their kids tighter tonight.
on December 14,2012 | 09:36PM
usahwn wrote:
Everything on guns and blame. Please show compassion to families and especially to the innocent lives lost . Take a minute to offer silent prayers .
on December 14,2012 | 08:59PM
surfbug wrote:
This is despicable. Not only do we need gun control laws but we need to control video games and their violence. I don't know how but the younger generation is into these violence playing their games. Secondly, the music that is played on the radio should be regulated of content - sexual and violence. Also, president can't do it all. He needs Congress participation but they won't budge and turn the tables on him. Also parents nowadays are too lenient on kids. I believe in freedom of speech etc but there's gotta be a limit. These violences are out of control. We need to change the way children are being raised nowadays.
on December 14,2012 | 09:25PM
And OBAMA wants to take our guns away, so we don't have any weapons to protect ourselves.. Now does that make sense? I feel sick when I hear innocent people are getting killed and cannot protect themselves. Children killed didn't have a chance, my deepest sympathy goes out to their families. Remember, guns don't kill people, it's the person behind the gun.
on December 14,2012 | 10:24PM
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