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[UPDATE] Adam Lanza Now Identified as School Shooter: What We Know About Him (VIDEO)

by Jacqueline Burt on December 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

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UPDATE: The Connecticut school shooter, originally identified as Ryan Lanza, is now according to AP, being identified as Adam Lanza. Ryan Lanza is said to be the 24-year-old brother of 20-year-old Adam. We will keep you posted as new information emerges.

Not many details were released at the first press conference about the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, today, and with good reason: State police Lt. Paul Vance said no further information would be released until they were certain the families of those killed were properly notified. But sources have identified the shooter as Ryan Lanza, 24, of Hoboken, New Jersey. Lanza, who is suspected of killing 26 people (20 children and at least 6 adults), died on the scene (cause and manner of death are pending, say police). He was wearing "dark clothing, a mask, a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns."

Also according to sources (but not yet confirmed officially): Lanza's mother, who had been a kindergarten teacher at the school, was found dead on the premises.

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One of the WORST unconfirmed details thus far: The shooter opened fire in a kindergarten class. What kind of monster would open fire in a kindergarten class?!

Other current unconfirmed rumors: Another possible family member might have been found dead in a Newtown home. Ryan's younger (?) brother Adam might be on the scene as well.

We'll keep you updated as these rumors are confirmed or dismissed.

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  • carole76


    December 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    So sad

  • Truth...
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    Truth Seeker

    December 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM
    Reports are leaning toward this NOT being the shooter. Please have some integrity and take this story down, or amend it in some way.
  • ethan...


    December 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    That makes me want to vomit. It's horrific. I cannot and will not watch the video, but my heart breaks for these families, these children. If anyone knows how to help, please let me know.

  • divam...


    December 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM
    my heart cries for the victims and their families. so sad.
  • Taral...
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    Taralyn Miller

    December 14, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    @nonmember, the false reports were only wrong about the photo they posted.  It is Ryan Lanza but not the correct photo was shown of him


  • truth...
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    truth seeker

    December 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM
    Ryan Lanza is in custody for questioning in New Jersey, so they got more than the picture wrong. He is not a suspect, and his Facebook profile is back up after being down for a while. Friends of his have heard from Ryan Lanza since the need broke. Again, it wasn't him.
  • AmberaeM
    -- Nonmember comment from


    December 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM
    The news is saying now that the shooter was Adam Lanza carrying an ID with the name Ryan Lanza on it.
  • bills...


    December 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM
    Tantalum, nope it is Adam.
  • bills...


    December 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM
    I feel bad for Ryan. Poor guy.
  • J
    -- Nonmember comment from


    December 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM
    I feel for everyone!!! Ryan is the brother or Adam who is indeede the shooter. He killed their father at his home and then came to school to kill his mother and all those innocents. Ryan just lost mom, dad and brother and brother was a mass murderer.
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