President Obama weeps after mentally disabled gunman kills TWENTY SEVEN dead including 14 children!
A mentally disabled gunman killed his teacher mother at her home in Connecticut before driving her car to the elementary school she works in and shooting dead 26 people, including 20 children, before turning the gun on himself.
Adam Lanza, 20, was carrying a .223 rifle and two handguns when he entered the Sandy Hook Elementary school shortly after 9.30am and started gunning people down.
Witnesses say he was going from room-to-room shooting people after first killing the principal and then going to his mother Nancy’s kindergarten class.
His brother Ryan, 24, who was originally thought to have been the shooter, is being questioned by police after he was arrested at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.
He was on a bus on his way home from work when he was being named as the gunman and posted on Facebook that it wasn’t him. He told a friend he believed his mentally disabled brother did it.
The President addressed a stunned nation fiver hours after the shooting and openly wept as he spoke of the mindless shooting saying: ‘Our hearts are broken today’.
Seldom has a head of state expressed greater public emotion in modern times. Obama struggled for words, pausing several times as he wiped away tears saying: ‘This evening, Michelle and I will…hug our children a little tighter, and we’ll tell them that we love them.’
President Obama openly wept today as he spoke of the mindless shooting of 29 people, including 22 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary school this morning saying, ‘Our hearts are broken today’Ryan Lanza is seen being led away from his Hoboken home in New Jersey to be questioned by police over this morning’s shootingThe families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where teacher Nancy Lanza’s son Adam, 20, opened fire and killed 20 children and six adultsThe official also said Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey. Sources say the gunman opened fire first at the principal’s office and then his mother Nancy’s kindergarten classroom before moving from room-to-room shooting children and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle.
His father was found dead at his Newtown home around 2pm, according to officials. The shootings at the school took place in two rooms, his mother’s kindergarten classroom and another classroom which is unaccounted for.
Lanza is believed to have shot himself at the scene, according to the New York Times. A number of children were found hiding in closets in the school five hours after the shooting.
Traumatized students were seen being led out of the school crying and holding handsA woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the tragic shooting this morning which has shocked the quiet suburban communityChaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the area and bodies are carried out of the schoolYoung children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this morningParents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary SchoolSandy Hook Elementary School is in Newtown, Connecticut, where Nancy and Peter Lanza lived. Their son Ryan lives in Hoboken, New JerseyLanza is believed to have been carrying four weapons including two handguns and a rifle and was wearing a bullet-proof vest and black military gear. One mother told CBS that her child said there were bullets ‘whizzing by’ him in the hallway and that a teacher pulled him into a classroom. It was said to have been like a ‘war zone’.
The shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in American schools and colleges, that is especially shocking given the age of the students involved The school principal and psychologist are believed to be among the dead.
At Ryan Lanza’s home in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, around 20 armed state police could be seen coming out of the house having apparently searched it at around 3pm. Ryan was then led out in cuffs. They were dressed in army fatigues and were carrying rifles and blast shields and refused to comment.
A boy weeps as he is told what happened after being picked up at Reed Intermediate School following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting A woman talks to a state police officer for news about the 29 people believed to have been shot dead at the schoolNancy and Peter Lanza’s home in Newtown, Connecticut, was raided after 2pm today and the shooter’s father Peter was found dead
A parent told MailOnline Lanza battered on a closet where 15 children and their teacher were locked inside shouting: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’
The mother, in her 40s, who declined to give her name, said: ‘I want to thank my child’s music teacher. She saved their lives. ‘The shooter kept banging on the door screaming: “Let me in! Let me in!” but he didn’t get in.
‘Now I have to explain to my nine-year-old son that his friends won’t be coming back. How am I supposed to do that?’
Alberta Bajraliu 41, got a call from a friend who heard a gunshot at the school and told her to check it out. Mrs Alberta’s nine-year-old daughter Venesa was at the school but her two other children are not.
She said: ‘I was one of the first there and they were bringing children out, carrying them out. One girl came out and her face was covered in blood and she had bits of meat from other people in her hair. It was terrible.’
‘Another girl just looked shocked. They brought one girl out and I thought it was my daughter. They asked me: ‘Does she have black trousers?’ and I said no as Venesa had jeans.’
‘When I saw her I just felt so relieved. She has not spoken much about what happened. She said she was in an art class and the teacher closed the door and they were waiting until they could get out.’
Miss Bajraliu also paid tribute to the school’s principal Dawn Hochsprung who is believed to have been killed. She said: ‘She would have done anything for her children’.
Josh Milas, 21, a former pupil at the school, also paid tribute to her and said: ‘She loved those kids. She was a great person’.
Hundreds of officers swarmed the building as students were evacuated after a gunman went from classroom to classroom shooting students and teachers A black Honda believed to belong to the shooter has been cordoned offThere are preliminary reports a students father, who is believed to be 20-years-old and from New Jersey, was the shooter. He was killed at the scene though it is unclear if he shot himself or was brought down by an officerParents pick-up children outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after 18 students and two adults were shot dead this morningHundreds of officers, sniffer dogs, and firefighters patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School to secure the areaThe mayor said they are not releasing names until next-of-kin have been notified. Two handguns have been recovered at the scene and police have cordoned off a black Honda with New Jersey plates believed to belong to the dead shooter.
Hundreds of officers and police dogs had the area surrounded as they worked to secure the scene. Teachers and students were said to be in morning meetings when the shots were fired. The children were locked inside their classrooms until police came and evacuated them to a nearby fire station.
One child was seen being carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded. A person in one room had ‘numerous gunshot wounds’, police told the The Hartford Courant.
Frantic parents rushed to the school to be reunited with their childrenA mother desperately holds on to her son outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after she rushed to the sceneSandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown is in lock down after police were alerted to a number of shots being fired at 9.41am by a gunman who was said to be in the main office of the schoolTraumatized students were seen being led out of the school crying and holding hands shortly after the shots rang out. There were also reports that a bomb squad was being called into the school. A helicopter was flying over the scene.
Frantic parents were rushing to the school as they were advised to go to the nearby fire station with ID to pick up their children. A witness told News8 he saw one child with a bloodied face and another with a hand injury.
The school has about 600 students from kindergarten through to fourth grade – aged between five and 11. President Obama was first notified of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school at 10:30am, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
‘The president has been receiving updates and will continue to throughout the day’, Carney added.
‘If we get more information and as we get more information, we’ll certainly provide it to you. The president as a father and I as a father certainly … feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement, to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.’
First Selectman Pat Llodra told Patch that there is no information being released about the victims — only confirming that there was a shooting.
‘I’m horrified, saddened and shocked that this happened in Newtown,’ Llodra said. ‘Our priorities right now are making sure everyone safe and reuniting parents with their children.’
One mother of an eight-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher’s decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.
Mrs Lebinski said that she had spoken to her daughter’s teacher who was in the school at the time of the shooting, and that a masked gunman had shot adults in the school:
‘My daughter’s teacher is my hero,’ Lebinski said. ‘She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives.’
Teachers and students were said to be in morning meetings when the shots were fired. The children were locked inside their classrooms until police came and evacuated them to a nearby fire stationAs well as police and firefighters, there were reports that a bomb squad was being called into the school. A helicopter was also flying over the sceneThere are unconfirmed reports of two shooters, one is believed to be dead and the other still at largeThere were reports of frantic parents rushing to the school though officials are telling them to stay at home by the phone
Barack Obama signals he will push for gun control after Connecticut massacre!
Wiping away tears as he spoke, President Barack Obama today signaled he would push for tight gun control in the wake of the massacre of 26 at an elementary school in Connecticut, saying there had been ‘too many’ mass shootings in America.
During a moving appearance, he said the time had come to ‘take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.’
Obama struggled for words, pausing several times as he wept and described the ‘beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old’ slaughtered in the school massacre in Connecticut.
Seldom has a head of state expressed greater public emotion in modern times. White House aides held hands and also wept as they sat in the briefing room named after James Brady, the press aide wounded in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan was shot and who later became the nation’s leading gun control advocate.
Clear message: Behind the emotion was a clear political message that Obama intended to limit the lawful possession of weapons, perhaps by pushing to reinstate the Clinton-era ban on so-called assault weapons
In Charlestown, Massachusetts, Bob Carr showed up early at the elementary school his three daughters attend. He told the Boston Globe he wanted to be there when they got out of class.
‘I’m completely horrified and disgusted,’ he said. ‘This certainly makes me appreciate them more, and they’ll certainly get a stronger hug and kiss from me today.’
Parents have already begun asking for more police officers and security guards to be posted at their children’s school. In Washington, political meringue has also begun.
Behind the President’s emotion was a clear political message that Obama, re-elected to a second and final presidential term, intended to limit the lawful possession of weapons, perhaps by pushing to reinstate the Clinton-era ban on so-called assault weapons.
Shocked: The President said he felt not as a President, but as a ‘parent’… and that he ‘knows there¿s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I doHeartbreaking: Terrified children are led away from the school
‘I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,’ Obama told the National Urban League convention in New Orleans.
‘I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation. That hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.’
Obama continued: ‘But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.’
‘I believe the majority of gun owners would agree we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and we should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller.’
Precious moment: First Lady Michelle Obama read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to young children on Friday at the same time as the horrific Connecticut shooting>We want guns: The percentage in favor of making the laws governing the sale of firearms “more strict” fell from 78 percent in 1990 to 62 percent in 1995, and 51 percent in 2007The Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, was criticised in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting for not immediately calling for stricter gun laws in the state. Just yesterday, Hickenlooper said ‘the time is right’ for state lawmakers to consider tightening gun control.
He told the Associated Press that there’s no ‘immediate solution’ for stopping gun violence, but he quoted Tom Mauser, the father of one of the students killed over a decade ago in the Columbine High School shootings, saying:
‘If you don’t start now, you’re not going to get anywhere.’
If Obama and Congress do nothing to change gun laws in the aftermath of the Connecticut shooting, then they will following historical precedent in Washington following such tragedies.
There have been more than 60 multiple shooting incidents – and dozens of promises by lawmakers to pursue stricter gun laws – since Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in 2011, and yet the nation’s gun laws have remained unchanged.
Hero music teacher saved 15 children by barricading them into a closet while gunman Adam Lanza hammered on door!
A music teacher managed to save 15 children during Friday’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut by barricading them into a closet, while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, stood outside screaming:
‘Let me in! Let me in!’
Maryrose Kristopik has been hailed a ‘hero’ by parents after herding the children to safety in a closet and barricading the door to prevent Lanza from entering.
An unnamed mother, in her 40s, whose nine-year-old son was among the children said: ‘I want to thank her. She saved their lives.
This picture of hero music teacher Maryrose Kristopik conducting the choir at assembly was taken Wednesday and tweeted by murdered principal Dawn HochsprungA mother hugs her daughter following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Conn., on FridaySandy Hook Elementary School: Reports state that 27 people are dead, including 14 children
‘The shooter kept banging on the door screaming: “Let me in! Let me in!” but he didn’t get in. ‘Now I have to explain to my nine-year-old son that his friends won’t be coming back. How am I supposed to do that?’
Brenda Lebinski said her eight-year-old daughter is safe thanks to the teacher’s decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.
‘My daughter’s teacher is my hero,’ Lebinski said. ‘She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives.’
Third grade school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York CityThe massacre is the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, which left 32 people and the gunman dead
‘Shut up, it’s not me! I’m on the bus!’ Shooter’s brother’s bizarre Facebook posts after he was mistakenly named as the killer…
The brother of the Connecticut massacre gunman defended himself in a series of bizarre Facebook posts after he was mistakenly named as the killer when his ID was reportedly found at the scene.
Ryan Lanza, 24, seemed unaware that his younger brother, Adam Lanza, had gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown before taking his own life.
‘Everyone shut the f*** up it wasn’t me,’ he insisted on his Facebook page on Friday. ‘I’m on the bus home now it wasn’t me. IT WASN’T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASN’T ME.’
The Associated Press said the mix-up came after an official mistakenly transposed the brothers’ first names, while a New Jersey reporter said Ryan Lanza told him the killer may have had his ID.
Questioning: Ryan Lanza is led away for questioning by police after his brother is named as the killer
He is now being questioned by police in Hoboken, New Jersey, but police said he is not a suspect.
Adam Lanza, 20, was dressed in black military gear and a bullet proof vest when he opened fire in the principal’s office and then moving to a kindergarten classroom where his mother, Nancy, taught.
Sources told the New York Post that Lanza had ‘had a dispute with’ his mother, who was found dead at her home.
He then drove to the school in her car and gunned down her kindergarten class, Fox reported. Lanza died of a self-inflicted gun wound at the scene. The Newtown Patch reported that he may have been developmentally disabled.
Search: Police enter the apartment building in Hoboken, New Jersey where accused Ryan Lanza lives
Police surrounded a Hoboken apartment, believed to be the home of Ryan Lanza, on Grand Street on Friday afternoon. According to sources, he drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother’s car and opened fire at 9:41 am on Friday.
Confusion: After police mistakenly identified the killer as Ryan Lanza, he fought back on his Facebook pageThree guns were found at the scene – a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols – and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.
The identities of the other victims have not yet been released but include the school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and psychologist. Two of the children died while on the way to hospital.
Robert Licata said his six-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.’
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