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  1. LISTEN: Newtown Gunman Reportedly Called Radio Show About Mass Shootings

    The New York Daily News has acquired a tape of a call-in to an Oregon radio show that they believe is a recording of Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, discussing mass shootings.

    The call was to the show “Anarchy Radio,” hosted John Zerzan in Eugene, in December of 2011, one year before Lanza opened fire in a Sandy Hook elementary school. During the call Lanza described “Travis,” a domesticated chimp who attacked a woman in Connecticut in 2009, nearly killing her. Lanza said that the act of civilizing Travis had made him “sick,” and that his unexpected assault was comparable to human outbursts, like mall shootings.

    “His attack can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week, committed by humans, which the mainstream also has no explanation for,” Landa said. “I just don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that.”

    Lanza took pains to distort his voice, speaking robotically at times, but the Daily News said it received confirmation from Lanza’s classmates that the disguised voice is his. Authorities involved with the investigation into the Newtown shootings confirmed that Lanza had called a radio show, but did not confirm whether it is Landa’s voice on the recording.

  2. Adam Lanza’s Father Willing to Release Medical Records To Sandy Hook Commission,0,1836021.story

    HARTFORD — Adam’s Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, is willing to release any medical records he can about his son and to meet privately with the chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, according to a statement released late Friday afternoon.

    A month ago, members of the commission said that it was vital to have access to more information about Adam Lanza’s mental health history, but it has been unclear until now whether his family would release any available records to the commission.

    A statement released by Lanza’s spokesman, Errol Cockfield, said, “As Mr. Lanza has informed law enforcement officials throughout this process, he is willing to approve the release of any medical records that he has the authority to release.’

    The statement said that Lanza has also let commission chairman Scott Jackson know that he is willing to meet with him privately “towards reaching that goal.”

    In addition, Lanza is encouraging Jackson “to invite any health care or service providers that worked with Adam to assist with the commission’s effort to find answers.”

    The commission was created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Lanza, who also killed his mother at their home, fatally shot himself within minutes of police arriving on the scene.

    The advisory group was charged with coming up with recommendations to improve school security, mental health services and gun violence prevention.

    Jackson, who led a meeting of the commission Friday morning, was informed later in the day that Peter Lanza would contact him early next week to discuss the records.

    More at the link above.

  3. Inside the home of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza

  4. chilling evidence discovered in Adam Lanza’s home

    Adam Lanza birthday card

    A birthday card to Adam Lanza from his father which reads: ‘Adam, Happy Birthday – Send me an email when you want to go hiking or shooting. Love, Dad’

    Thousands of pages from the Sandy Hook school massacre were released today, revealing further details of gunman Adam Lanza’s childhood.

    Among the police photographs were images of used paper targets from shooting ranges, which the 20-year-old was said to have visited with his mother, as well as a birthday card from his dad offering to take him shooting.

    In the brightly-colored birthday card from Lanza’s father, Peter, a message read: ‘Adam, Happy Birthday – Send me an email when you want to go hiking or shooting. Love, Dad.’

    It also revealed the extent of Lanza’s mental illness with several witnesses speaking of an early fascination with destruction and violence.

    One teacher says his work was too violent to be shown to the rest of the class.

    Other photos and files showed that police found a stock of knives at the home and instruction manuals for the guns.

    In one chilling image, a wooden bed frame sits without the mattress above a row of women’s shoes.

    It is known that Lanza shot dead his mother Nancy Lanza while she lay in bed before taking off on his rampage at the school.

    The day before the shooting she had stayed two days at a New Hampshire hotel as part of an experiment in letting her son stay home alone and be independent.

    She was shot four times in the head by her son the morning after she returned. The rifle used to kill her was found by police next to her bed.

    The sound of gunfire was reported between 8am and 9am that Friday, but it was believed to have been from hunters.

    Investigators reported that the windows of his second-floor room had been taped over with black trash bags.

    Adam Lanza- rifle on floor
    A rifle lying on the floor of the Connecticut home of Adam Lanza and his mother Nancy

    Adam Lanza- newspaper clippings of Amish school shooting

    Old newspaper clippings and a copy of Amish Grace, about a 2006 school shooting, was also found in the Lanza home

    Adam Lanza- baby gnawing on gun
    The final police report on the Sandy Hook school shooting revealed a photograph of an unknown boy as a baby dressed in camouflage gear and gnawing on a gun

    Adam Lanza- bedroom with black trash bags covering windows
    Warning signs: Lanza holed himself up in his room in the house he shared with his mother and blacked out the windows

  5. Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Reports

    The reports below document the many stages of the investigation of the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Administratively, the investigation consists of three separate case numbers. CFS 1200704559 is the primary investigation, CFS 1200704597 is the processing of the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and CFS 1200705354 is the investigation of the homicide at 36 Yogananda St. in Newtown.

    As laid out in the Table of Contents, each investigation includes numerous written reports, with each case number available for separate download. Additionally, each investigation also includes various forms of multimedia including photographs, video recordings and/or audio recordings. These attachments to the reports are available for download under the case number of the investigation to which it pertains, and further divided by the document number of the corresponding report or other description.

    Please note that many of the linked files are very large. These files will take a considerable amount of time to download, and may impose a heavy burden on the hosting system. We encourage you, especially with respect to the larger video files, to download and view the smaller files first to confirm your interest in obtaining the larger files.

  6. President Obama reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    President Obama reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  7. A Message from President Obama about Your Petition on Reducing Gun Violence

  8. President Obama To Hold Moment Of Silence For Sandy Hook Victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to observe a moment of silence at the White House on Friday morning in honor of the victims of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

    The White House says the president will observe the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. EST, about one week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed at the school.

    Obama has asked Vice President Joe Biden to produce recommendations on new gun laws by next month and pledged to push new legislation without delay.

    The White House said the president’s observance of the shootings would take place in private without press coverage.

  9. Eric Holder: Gun Violence May Be Addressed Through Executive Actions

    WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will consider executive actions and specific proposals for legislation as part of its gun policy response to the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

    Holder, who has been a vocal proponent of a new ban on certain semiautomatic rifles, told reporters that a range of options need to be considered in the coming weeks.

    Those options will have to include a “strong and robust” Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the chronically under-funded agency that enforces federal gun laws, he said.

    “It’s clear that we need to do more,” Holder said. He did not specifically call on Wednesday for a return of the assault weapon ban.

  10. Sandy Hook must be a tipping point for change

    (CNN) — On Wednesday night, I hosted a town hall-style debate on guns in America, talking to lawmakers, mass shooting survivors, lawyers, gun lobbyists — anyone, basically, who has a strong opinion about what I consider to be the single biggest issue facing America today.

    Since I joined CNN two years ago, there have been a series of gun-related tragedies, including the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre.

    Each sparked a short-term debate about guns. Yet each debate fizzled out with zero action being taken to try and curb the use of deadly weapons on the streets of America.

    Now, following the grotesque slaughter of 20 innocent young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I sense that the mood has changed.

    We have reached a crucial moment in this debate, and I intend to use my platform to continue this conversation on Wednesday night and going forward. The media have previously been quick to move on to other stories after these tragic acts of gun violence. That must change.

    I’ve made my own views clear on my show — the senseless killing has to stop. High-powered assault rifles of the type used at Aurora and Newtown belong in the military and police, not in civilian hands. High-capacity magazines, too, should be banned. And background checks on anyone buying guns in America should be comprehensive and stringently enforced.

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    • The NRA has created a blood thirsty monster by peddling fear for profit? Greed at the sacrifice of children. They’re not going to get away with it this time. Too much innocent blood has been shed. Time to put a stop to this madness. We have had enough!

  11. Heads up, folks!

    Newtown Charity Scams Crop Up In Wake Of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The family of Noah Pozner was mourning the 6-year-old, killed in the Newtown school massacre, when outrage compounded their sorrow.

    Someone they didn’t know was soliciting donations in Noah’s memory, claiming that they’d send any cards, packages and money collected to his parents and siblings. An official-looking website had been set up, with Noah’s name as the address, even including petitions on gun control.

    Noah’s uncle, Alexis Haller, called on law enforcement authorities to seek out “these despicable people.”

    “These scammers,” he said, “are stealing from the families of victims of this horrible tragedy.”

    It’s a problem as familiar as it is disturbing. Tragedy strikes – be it a natural disaster, a gunman’s rampage or a terrorist attack – and scam artists move in.


    This is atrocious! These grieving families have suffered a monumental tragedy and the scum of the earth is preying upon them. Evil has no bounds. Folks, please make sure you are donating to a legitmate fund for these victims. Check out the organization thoroughly before you part with your money.

  12. Eric Holder To Meet With First Responders In Newtown

    Eric Holder

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder will travel Friday to Newtown, Conn., the site of last week’s elementary school shooting.

    A Justice Department official says Holder will head to Newtown after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, who is tasked with leading an administration-wide effort to create new proposals for reducing gun violence. In Newtown, Holder will meet with first responders and law enforcement officials.

    The official requested anonymity because Holder’s visit to Newtown had not been publicly announced. He will not be participating in any public events during the visit.

    Gunman Adam Lanza burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Friday, killing 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.

  13. Adam Lanza’s hard drive may still hold clues, despite “destruction”

    Adam Lanza’s hard drive may still be recoverable. Data forensically retrieved from the damaged platters may be able to shed light on the Connecticut youth’s tragic motivations. However, ill-informed speculation has implied links to Lanza’s diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and his playing of violent video-games.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s been a coordinated effort by media types like Jake Tapper, limbaughs, CNN etc. to GET ON THE TEE VEE immediately and start pushing the mental illness bullshit when these white men start shooting up and killing folks.

      Anyone with a brain and enough normal cells can figure out that Lanza destroyed the hard drive because it links to the EVIL MOTIVES behind his mass murders. And we know the media personality are in the mix. *looking@FOXNEWSLIMBAUGHBECK&NRA*

  14. Connecticut Shooting: First Responders Had Never Experienced ‘Anything of This Magnitude’

  15. Newtown shooting first responder: It was chaos

  16. Every state, every town and every city need to protest until these gun laws are changed. Too much innocent blood has been shed. Enough!

  17. The Littlest victims Dylan Hockley

    Dylan Hockley

    Sweet little Dylan Hockley, victim of Sandy Hook shooting. My heart aches to the core. My soul is crushed. ***tears***

  18. Here is a list of the current NRA Board of Directors

  19. The Littlest victims Emilie Parker

    Emilie Parker

    Robbie Parker Recalls 6-Year Old Daughter, Newtown Shooting Victim Emilie Parker

  20. The Littlest victims Ana Marquez Greene 7

    Ana Marquez-Greene, 7

    Ana Marquez-Green, daughter of accomplished saxophonist, Jimmy Greene, was among the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

    Jimmy Greene dedicated a song to his daughter on his 2009 album, Mission Statement, titled Ana Grace.

  21. MSM,

    If the shooter’s name was Muhammad, he’d be called a terrorist. You need to call this heinous act for what it is..home grown terrorism.

  22. White House: President Obama to appear at interfaith vigil Sunday at 7 p.m. in Newtown, Conn. – @hartfordcourant

  23. funeral flowers

    The following is a list (as released by police) of the victims in Friday’s shooting spree on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
    Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
    Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
    Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
    Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
    Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
    Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
    Dawn Hocksprung, 06/28/65, female
    Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
    Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
    Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
    Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
    James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
    Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
    Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
    Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
    Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
    Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
    Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
    Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
    Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
    Lauren Russeau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
    Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
    Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
    Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
    Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

  24. IF want ACTION about gun control then you should be calling, emailing, tweeting, faxing, your Congressmen. Now Is The Time!

  25. Now Is The Time to go after the politicians who have their hands in the NRA’s pocket.

  26. BREAKING: Twelve girls, eight boys, six adult women killed in Connecticut school shooting: medical examiner

  27. Ametia says:

    Some of the children suffered 3-7 wounds OMG

  28. Anthony DiLorenzo‏@AnthonyOnFOX

    CT Medical Examiner: victims wounds were all over the bodies. #newtown

  29. Connecticut medical examiner says most of the wounds were caused by the Bushmaster .223 assault rifle and school victims suffered multiple wounds – from broadcast

  30. LIVE UPDATES: Conn. School Shooting

  31. Sandy Hook 27

    A flag hanging in the business area of town waits for victim’s names on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  32. Ametia says:

    Great and poignant gallery, SG2. Impressive links too. Thanks so much for this. I can’t wait to ssee my grandson next month.

  33. Breaking News‏@BreakingNews

    Connecticut shooting suspect had earlier ‘altercation’ with school staff, state and federal officials tell @NBCNews

  34. Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: Quiet, Bright, Troubled

    Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed 20 kids and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday, was very bright, say neighbors and former classmates, but he was also socially awkward and deeply troubled.

    “[Adam] was not connected with the other kids,” said family friend Barbara Frey. A relative told ABC News that Adam was “obviously not well.”

    On Friday morning, Lanza shot his mother Nancy in the face at the home they shared in Newtown, and then drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Dressed in black combat gear, he broke a window at the school, which had recently had a new security system installed, and within minutes had shot and killed six adults and 20 schoolchildren between the ages of five and 10.

    The shooting stopped when Lanza put a bullet in his own head. Multiple weapons were found at the scene, including two semiautomatic handguns registered to his mother. A Bushmaster rifle registered to Nancy was discovered outside in the car.

    Long before Lanza’s spree, however, residents of Newtown had noticed that tall, pale boy was different, and believed he had some kind of unspecified personality disorder.

    Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were five years old,” wrote aneighbor and former classmate Timothy Dalton on Twitter. “As horrible as this was, I can’t say I am surprised.”

    In school, Lanza carried a black briefcase and spoke little. Every day, he wore a sort of uniform: khakis and a shirt buttoned up to the neck, with pens lined up in his shirt pocket.

    He hated being called on by teachers, and it seemed to require a physical effort for him to respond. He avoided public attention and had few, if any, friends. He liked to sit near the door of the classroom to make a quick exit.

  35. How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting

    In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, California, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help.

    If you want to be notified via e-mail of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section: “I want to help.”

    Patch will continue to update this article with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering an email notification to commenters—and if you know of an organization or fundraiser providing assistance, let us know in the comments section, too.

    Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected.

    Check donations may be mailed to:

    Sandy Hook School Support Fund
    c/o Newtown Savings Bank
    39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

    If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672.

  36. Teachers sacrificed themselves to save their pupils

    Three teachers murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School all died heroes as they attempted to save their young pupils from a gunman they recognised as the son of one of the school’s kindergarten teachers.

    Dawn Hochsprung

    Dawn Hochsprung left a meeting to confront the gunman along with two other members of staff at the school

    Vicki Soto1

    Victoria Soto attempted to shield her students and usher them into a closet

    Mary Sherlach

    Mary Sherlach was a long-serving member of staff

  37. Tales of Sandy Hook heroism, young and old

    Students and teachers displayed courage amid the gunfire.

    Stories of heroism by adults and children are emerging from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here are a few:

    School therapist Diane Day described how principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist, identified as Mary Scherlach, leaped from their seats and ran out of a meeting when they heard gunshots.

    “They didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on,” she told The Wall Street Journal.

    Hochsprung and Sherlach were shot dead in the hallway, according to news reports.

    Sandy Hook’s lead teacher pressed her body against the meeting room’s door, which did not have a lock, Day said. The gunman shot through the door, wounding the unidentified teacher in an arm and a leg.

    “She was our hero,” Day said

    Parent Robert Licata told WABC-TV the gunman burst into the classroom of his 6-year-old son and shot the teacher without saying a word.

    “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.”

    First-grade teacher Kaitlin Riog said she was in a morning meeting when she heard what sounded like automatic gunfire. She then locked her classroom door and herded her students into the bathroom, where she locked them in and blocked the door with a tall storage unit.

    “I felt that, in the time, I tried to be very strong for my children,” she told WABC. “I said anyone who believed in the power in the prayer, we need to pray. And those who don’t believe in prayer, think happy thoughts… I told the kids I love them and I was so happy they were my students… I didn’t think we were going to live.”

    When police knocked later, she said, she told officers to slide their badges under the door, then told them to get a key to prove they were police. Officers then unlocked the door and took the children to a nearby fire department.

    “‘I just want Christmas,'” she says her students told her. “‘I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, you’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah. I tried to be positive.”

  38. Dozens Killed in Conn. School Shooting

    SANDY HOOK, Conn.—A man armed with two semiautomatic pistols killed 20 children at an elementary school Friday in a rampage that left 27 people dead and one injured in this suburban town before he took his own life, authorities said.

    Police said the suspect, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and began firing shortly after 9:30 a.m., concentrating on two classrooms. It was the second-worst campus shooting in U.S. history.

    No motive was cited by authorities. State police said they found the body of someone who lived with the suspect at a house nearby. Mr. Lanza’s mother was among the victims.

    Diane Day, a therapist at the school, was sitting with the principal, a parent and other staff members for a meeting when she heard gunshots.

    “At first we heard a bunch of kids scream, and then it was just quiet and all you could hear was the shooting,” Ms. Day said.

    Principal Dawn Hochsprung and the school psychologist leapt from their seats and ran out to help, Ms. Day said. “They didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on,” she said.

    Without a lock to secure the door, a teacher at the meeting pressed her body against the door to hold it shut, Ms. Day said. That teacher was shot through the door in the leg and arm. “She was our hero,” Ms. Day said.

    Carrie Usher, a fourth-grade teacher, said she believed the principal turned on the campus loudspeaker system, which broadcast sounds of “screaming and crying” through the school to warn others. Ms. Hochsprung and the school psychologist, identified as Mary Sherlach, were reported to be among the victims.

    Ms. Usher’s class, meanwhile, was in the library and they hid in the closet.

    “The gunfire was just unbelievable. It felt like it lasted for five minutes,” the teacher said. “It wouldn’t stop.” No one in her class was hurt.

  39. Police audio from Newtown elementary school shooting


      Some young survivors — ages 5 to 10 — described the terror of the shooting and a massive police response that included SWAT officers going room to room to search for victims as students huddled in classroom corners.

      “That’s when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door,” he told The Associated Press. “He was very brave.”

      One student told NBC Connecticut she was in the gym when she heard “seven loud booms.”

      “The gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled,” she said. “And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

      “All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us,” she added. “So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse.”

      The high death toll and the tender age of many victims sent shock waves all the way to the White House, where the flag was lowered to half-staff.

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