We've got an update on the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. The Connecticut police held a press conference this morning to share more information with the public and the details, of course, are heart-wrenching. There's new info on how, exactly, suspected shooter Adam Lanza entered the locked school, how police communicated with the victims' parents, and how the investigation is progressing.
The victims have been positively identified, but they haven't released the list of names and birthdays. Seeing the birth dates next to the names, for most of us, will be simply devastating, as most will have been born between five and ten years ago.
Officials explain that the immediate families of the victims have been assigned their own trooper or officer to keep an open line of communicaiton, which, thank goodness -- I find it reassuring to know these heartbroken families are getting at least temporary support and protection as they try to deal with it all.
There were initial reports that suspected shooter Adam Lanza was let into the school because he was either a parent of a student, or the son of a teacher, but neither is the case. The doors were locked -- principal Hochsprung had installed doors that automatically lock at 9:30 a.m. -- and police say the shooter forced himself in, and that they know the point of forced entry.
Twenty-eight are dead, including 20 children, the shooter's mother (who was found shot at her home), and the school's principal.
The weapons used were two pistols, a Glock and a Sig Sauer. A .223-caliber rifle was found in the trunk of the car that Lanza drove to the school. The guns were registered to his mother, Nancy. Police say they went to area shooting ranges to see if Lanza had trained or practiced there, but found no evidence of such.
Adam Lanza's brother Ryan, 24, was originally thought to be the suspect, but police have cleared him. Ryan's ID was found on Adam, causing the confusion. Reportedly, Ryan was at work at Ernst & Young in Times Square when the massacre occurred.
There are still major crime detectives working at the scene at the school, and it could take another two days to finish the investigation. Police say they need to examine every crack and crevice, including the outside of the school.
The "why" of the whole thing, though, still remains a mystery. There have been reports that Adam had an argument with his mother, but why that would provoke him to open fire in a kindergarten classroom is still unclear.
Some sources are claiming Adam Lanza was some sort of autistic savant, a troubled genius, a "weird" kid. As we learn more, perhaps it will become evident why Adam allegedly decided to commit such a heinous and unfathomable crime.
Officials say they have "good evidence" that will hopefully paint a better picture of what went down, but, like most, I don't know if I'll ever be able to understand what happened December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
If you wish to talk about the incident, there's a crisis intervention line you can call -- 203-270-4283.
What details of the shooting do find most surprising?