5:30 p.m.: ”First of all, I’d really like to offer our deepest condolences to all the families who were directly affected this shooting. It’s a horrific tragedy, and we wanted everybody to know that our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter.”
5:19 p.m.: The gunman who massacred 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school riddled them with bullets, shooting some of them as many as 11 times, the medical examiner said today. [READ MORE]
5:11 p.m.: Relatives of the Lanza family are expected to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. outside the Kingston (NH) Police Department.
4:22 p.m.: Based on Sandy Hook elementary school
directory, all the kids killed in the shooting were in the 1st grade.
They were in 2 different 1st grade classes. In one class, almost all of
the students were killed – 15 of 16 in the directory. In the other
class, taught by Victoria Soto, only some of the kids were killed – 5 of
16 in the directory.
4:07 p.m.: “I want to take this time to talk about the incredible acts of heroism that transpired yesterday that ultimately saved so many lives even though tragically so many lives were lost. The principal of the school was running toward the shooter in order to protect her students. As was the school psychologist. One of the teachers helped people get out of a window. Incredible things that people did. I got a message that one of the teachers pushed students into the kiln room and was locked in the kiln room and remained there until the police let them out. Teachers were really, really focused on saving their students.” Janet Robinson, Superintendent of Schools for Newtown Public Schools
3:52 p.m.: Conn. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H Wayne Carver said that the children appear to have died quickly. Many were shot at close range by a semi-automatic rifle. Several guns were found but the medical examiner said the .223 caliber Bushmaster appeared to be Adam Lanza’s primary weapon. Each of his victims, most of them first graders, was shot more than once.
3:30 p.m.: WATCH LIVE: Officials Hold News Conference on Conn. Shooting
3:30 p.m.: Statement from Maura, the oldest daughter of school psychologist Mary Sherlach: “There are no words to describe the devastating loss that we feel at this time. Our family has lost a loving mother, dedicated wife, and above all a wonderful, caring woman who was invested in her students. At this point we ask that you respect our privacy as we begin the process of dealing with this awful tragedy. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers from all over the country. Thank you.”
3:09 p.m.: Outside the town’s nearby firehouse, there are now 26 Christmas Trees–with teddy bears nestled into each.
2:55 p.m.: The aunt of Connecticut shooter Adam
Lanza said the shooter’s mother pulled him out of Newtown’s public
school system because she was unhappy with the school district’s plans
for her son. [READ MORE]
2:41 p.m.: A new yearbook photo of Newton, Conn., shooting suspect Adam Lanza has been released. Click here for more photos from the Conn. school tragedy.
2:30 p.m.: A photo of Conn. shooting victim Nancy Lanza, the mother of Adam Lanza, has been released.
1:34 p.m.: The premiere of the Tom Cruise film “Jack Reacher,” originally scheduled for today in Pittsburgh, has been postponed. “Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow’s Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher,” Paramount said in a Dec. 14 statement . [READ MORE]
2:45 p.m.: Police recovered as many as five guns from the scene of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Sig Sauer 9-mm handgun and a Bushmaster rifle. Police also found .223 shell casings at the scene. Lanza, who committed suicide after shooting his victims, was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE NEWTOWN, CONN. SCHOOL SHOOTING, CLICK HERE
11:47 a.m.: “We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy…We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy,” said the family of Catherine Hubbard, a first-grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in a statement.
Read the Blotter’s full profile of Shooter Adam Lanza.
10:38 a.m.: A state trooper has been assigned to each of the victim’s families to protect their privacy, authorities tell ABC.
10:17 a.m.: Cops confirm Lanza “not voluntarily let into the school at all. Forced way into school.”
10:16 a.m.: “As you know, the victims have been positively identified by the office of the medical examiner.” Release of victims’ names to come soon, says Paul Vance, spokesman for Conn. State Police.
7:51 a.m.: Some but not all victims have been removed from the school, police tell ABC News.
7:50 a.m.: Lanza appears to have gained entry into the school by breaking a window, Lt, George Sinko, of the Newtown Police, tells ABC News.
7:46 a.m.: Janet Robinson, superintendent of Newtown Schools, say there is no record that Adam Lanza or his mother Nancy Lanza worked at the school. Previous reports indicated she was a teacher or teacher’s aide there. Nancy Lanza may have volunteered there.
7:45 a.m.: WATCH upcoming press conference with Conn. State Police at 8 a.m. The names of the victims may be released at that time.
On Friday, Dec. 14, gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children, 6 adults and himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Prior to the rampage he shot his mother at her home nearby.