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Link to the police audio from the event.

List of shooting victims

Rachel Davino, 29, school staff
Dawn Hochsprung, 46, teacher
Anne Marie Murphy, 52, school staff
Mary Sherlach, 56, psychologist
Victoria Soto, 27, teacher
Lauren Russeau, 30, teacher
Nancy Lanza, 52, gunman's mother
Charlotte Bacon, six
Daniel Barden, seven
Olivia Engel, six
Josephine Gay, seven
Ana Marquez-Green, six
Dylan Hockley, six
Madeleine Hsu, six
Catherine Hubbard, six
Chase Kowalski, seven
Jesse Lewis, six
James Mattiolo, six
Grace McDonnel, seven
Emilie Parker, six
Jack Pinto, six
Noah Pozner, six
Caroline Previdi, six
Jessica Rekos, six
Avielle Richman, six
Benjamin Wheeler, six
Allison Wyatt, six

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(Top row from left) Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Green. (Middle row from left) Dylan Hockley, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli. (Bottom row from left) Grace McDonnel, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos

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6-year-old Emile Parker

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Nancy J. Lanza mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza

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Lauren Rousseau, 30, had started a job as a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School this fall.

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School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, was killed during an attempt to stop gunman Adam Lanza during the Dec. 14 mass shooting

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Victoria Soto, 27, was in her third year as a first grade teacher as Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, was killed as she, along with school psychologist Mary Sherlach, attempted to overtake gunman Adam Lanza during the Dec. 14 mass shooting

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52 year old Anne Marie Murphy

17.00 (12.00) He declines to give a motive for Lanza, because they have not finished their investigation. He admits that there are "pieces of the puzzle missing" as witnesses still need to be interviewed.
16.58 (11.58) He says his people are talking with everyone, but it is methodical and will take time and there are many more witnesses to speak to, including children.
16.55 (11.55) More on the social media criticism, he says that people have been posing as the gunman on Facebook, and it has been "threatening and inaccurate" and "warrants an investigation".
16.53 (11.53) Vance says that a great deal of work still needs to be done on forensically examining the weapons. He's confident that they'll put "every single resource" into the investigation and examine every piece of evidence. "Our goal is to answer every single question."
16.50 (11.50) In a press conference being held right now, police spokesman Lt J Paul Vance has said the "misinformation is being posted on social media sites". He has warned that any such misinformation is a crime.
16.44 (11.44) Meanwhile two senators, Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, have called for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the US.
Sen Lieberman told 'Fox News Sunday' that a national commission could be used to scrutinise the nation's gun laws, mental health system and the role violent video games and films might play in shootings.
16.25 (11.25) Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has said she will introduce a bill banning assault weapons as soon as the new Congress convenes in January. However, in order for the measure to make it through, both Democrats and Republicans would have to back it.
A federal ban on assault weapons, which took effect in 1994, expired in 2004 and efforts to revive it have failed. Obama supported restoring the law while running for president in 2008 but did not make it a priority during his first four years.
16.10 (11.10) Hollywood meanwhile has cancelled the premiere of Tom Cruise's new film 'Jack Reacher' out of respect for the victims.
The film was due to premiere in Pittsburgh at the weekend. Critics who saw advance screenings have praised the movie but noted its violence.
According to a review by The Hollywood Reporter a “disturbing” opening sequence shows “a sniper position himself in a parking garage across the water from Pittsburgh’s baseball stadium” before gunning down “what looks to be five random targets on the riverfront promenade.”
A spokesman for Paramount Pictures said: “Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honour and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing the Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones.”
16.00 (11.00) The children who survived the shooting will not have to return to the scene of the massacre when school reopens later this week. Instead they will attend classes in neighbouring Monroe, about seven miles south of Newton, according to school officials.
All seven of Newtown's public schools, which serve more than 5,100 students, as well as the district's private schools, will be closed on Monday.
15.40 (10.40) Lanza committed suicide as first responders closed in, according to Gov Dannel Malloy, raising the prospect that he may have planned to kill even more and was stopped short.
Gov Malloy, who also spoke to ABC's 'This Week' this morning, said of Lanza:
We surmise that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that, decided to take his own life.
15.00 (10.00) Adam Lanza managed to shoot his way into Sandy Hook with rifle shots to a glass door before heading towards the classrooms of the youngest children, according to The Times(£).
Lanza stormed past the first classroom in his path. Behind the closed door, teacher Kaitlin Roig had ordered her pupils to hide in the toilets. They escaped harm.
Inside the next classroom, however, he systematically gunned down all 14 pupils and their teacher, Lauren Rousseau, 30. Detectives believe that the children were huddled together as they died. “There were 14 coats hanging there and 14 bodies. He killed them all,” an officer told the Hartford Courant.
When police got to the classroom later they heard moans from the pile of dead children and, after moving several bodies, reached an injured boy. He died on the way to hospital.
14.42 (09.42) Investigators say they believe Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun on Tuesday from a Dick's Sporting Goods store, but was unsuccessful, according to CNN. Employees at the store have been interviewed.
14.38 (09.38) Former neighbours of Dylan Hockley, the six-year-old British boy killing in the shootings, have spoken of their heartbreak.
Maria Sweet, 81, a retired nanny, lives in the house next to Keeper's Lodge, where the Hockleys resided for nearly nine years.
When I woke up this morning and saw the news on the television my heart was just broken.
I recognised Dylan's face straight away because of that lovely smile of his.
13.35 (08.35) As the US continues to search for a motive, more information on Lanza's killing spree has come to light overnight.
Dr H Wayne Carver II, the medical examiner, said of the 4,000 autopsies he has performed, and of the up to 50,000 autopsies he has overseen, he said: "This is the worst I've seen."
Dr Carver said Lanza was able to reload so quickly because he had "jungletaped" his magazines - where you tape two magazines together.
13.15 (08.15) Robbie Parker has been speaking about his daughter Emilie, one of the child victims. He disclosed that he was helping her study Portuguese, adding:
"As the deep pain begins to settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch in her short time here on Earth.
"This world is a better place because she has been in it."
13.09 (08.09) Prayers were heard for the family of Dylan Hockley, the six-year-old British victim, at St Nicholas's Church in Eastleigh, Hampshire, today. He and his parents and older brother moved from the town to Newtown two years ago.
Prof Roger Thornton from the church called for President Obama to look again at America's gun laws, adding:
"The first reaction is just horror. It is devastating for all of the families involved but particularly at this church we wanted to remember Dylan today."
12.50 (07.50) Marsha Lanza, the gunman's aunt, has said he was "very, very bright" but home schooled after his mother "battled" with education authorities, we write in our latest report.
She said her own children "know right from wrong" and insisted "you've got to give your kids roots" as she spoke out following the shootings at Sandy Hook primary school on Friday.
In her first interview, she disclosed details of his mother Nancy's "battles" with education authorities over Adam's education.
"She eventually wound up home schooling him because she battled with the school district," she said. "In what capacity I'm not 100 per cent certain.
"If it was her behaviour, if it was learning disabilities, I really don't know but he was a very, very bright boy. He was smart."
12.22 (07.22) Investigators trying to establish a motive for the killing will today visit dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, AP has reported.
They are trying to establish why Adam Lanza's mother kept a cache of high-power weapons in her house and how much experience he had with guns.
11.42 (06.42) AP reports on more of the teachers' "acts of heroism":
After gunman Adam Lanza broke through the school door, gun blazing, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and principal Dawn Hochsprung ran toward him, District Superintendent Janet Robinson said. Hochsprung died while lunging at the gunman, officials said.
The 56-year-old Sherlach, who would have been tasked with helping survivors cope with the tragedy, died doing what she loved, her son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, told the South Jersey Times.
"Mary felt like she was doing God's work," he said, "working with the children."
Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher, reportedly hid some students in a bathroom or closet and died trying to shield them from bullets, a cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News. Those who knew Soto said they weren't surprised.
"You have a teacher who cared more about her students than herself," said John Harkins, mayor of Stratford, Soto's hometown. "That speaks volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication."
11.08 (06.08) In the Sunday Telegraph this morning, our reporters profile Adam Lanza, the "fiercely intelligent" but troubled young killer.
In 2009, Nancy and Peter Lanza had divorced after 28 years of marriage. The break up was traumatic, leaving the couple's sons devastated. Ryan Lanza was living away at university, meaning that his brother Adam, four years younger, was left at home alone with their mother at their £350,000 house.
He was not well known to neighbours, who describe him as being reclusive and troubled.
And when the news broke on Friday of the murder of 26 people at a primary school in the town, and Ryan Lanza was hastily identified as the killer, people who knew the family knew they had named the wrong brother.
"Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were five years old," said Tim Dalton, a neighbour and former classmate, on Twitter. "As horrible as this was, I can't say I am surprised."
10.50 (05.50) School teachers who acted swiftly to prevent more children being killed have been praised for their "incredible acts of heroism" by District Superintendent Janet Robinson. The Sunday Times highlights one teacher's actions this morning:
Kaitlin Roig, 29, a first-grade teacher, shepherded her 14 pupils, aged six and seven, into the lavatories adjoining her classroom. The space was so tight she had to help some of them climb on to a cistern.
She wheeled a bookshelf in front of the door and locked it. Roig said she had told the children she loved them because she thought these would be the last words they heard.
One of the boys tried to reassure her. "I know karate, so it's OK," he said.

23.40 (18.40) A vigil is about to start in Newtown for Vicki Soto, the young teacher who died shielding her students from the gunman. Friends and family are going to wear green, her favourite colour, and sing as they remember her. Her black labrador has apparently been wandering around her apartment, waiting for her owner to come home.
23.30 (18.30) Amazing to think that the killer is from a law enforcement family.
23.10 (18.10) James Champion, the brother of Nancy Lanza has put out at statement saying the "whole family is traumatised" by his nephew's killing spree. Champion is a police officer in New Hampshire and their father is a retired officer.
22.30 (17.30) Robbie Parker, the father of six-year-old Emilie who died yesterday, is speaking of his family's devastation.
He begins by expressing his sympathy for all the families "this includes the family of the shooter. I can't imagine how hard it this experience must be for you and I want you to know that our love and our support goes out to you as well".
As the deep pain begins to settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that Emily was and how many lives she was able to touch in her short time on earth.
He describes how little Emilie was a serial maker of cards and "always carried around her markers and pencils" to make notes for anyone who was looking sad. Mr Parker was teaching his daughter Portuguese and says their last conversation on Friday morning was in Portuguese.
He says the killer acted with "free agency" that was given by God and that he can't feel anger towards the gunman.
She was the type of person who could just light up a room. She always had a kind word to say about anybody.
The family only moved to Newtown eight months ago.
22.06 (17.06) Governor Malloy has just addressed the people of Connecticut, saying not is a time for "love, courage and compassion".
When tragedies like this take place people often look for answers and explanations of this could have happened but the sad truth is there are no answers. No good ones, anyway.
He says "there will be a time soon" for a public debate about guns.
21.45 (16.45) Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanza was taught how to shoot by the mother he murdered, Robert Mendick reports.
Nancy Lanza, 52, was “a big, big gun fan” who went target shooting with her children, according to friends.
"She said she would often go target shooting with her kids," Dan Holmes, owner of the landscaping firm Holmes Fine Gardens, told Reuters.
He recalled that she once showed him a 'high-end rifle' that she had purchased.
'She was very proud of it,' he told the New York Daily News. 'She loved her guns.”
Lanza, 20, killed his mother at the home they shared, shooting her in the face with her own gun, before driving three miles to the school in Newtown, Connecticut.
21.15 (16.15) Ryan Lanza, the elder brother of the gunman, told police he had not been in touch with his brother since 2010, according to the Associated Press. It's not clear whether he's still in police custody in New Jersey. He seems to have lost touch with a lot of the people close to him in recent years:
Joshua Milas, who graduated from Newtown High in 2009 and belonged to the school technology club with him, said that [Adam] Lanza was generally a happy person but that he hadn't seen him in a few years.
"We would hang out, and he was a good kid. He was smart," Joshua Milas said. "He was probably one of the smartest kids I know. He was probably a genius."
21.05 (16.05) Police are now talking down earlier reports that Lanza had been involved in an altercation with staff at the school on the day before the killing.
20.55 (15.55) He says all the victims he knows of were killed with the Bushmaster .223, a civilian version of the military's M-16 rifle. Although he hasn't examined Lanza's body he says he is fairly confident the gunman killed himself with one of the two pistols.
Dr Carver says the bodies of the 26 victims are all ready to be released and that parents were shown pictures, rather being taken to see the actual bodies, as they identified them. "It's easier on the families when you do that," he said.
20.45 (15.45) Dr H Wayne Carver, the chief medical examiner for the state of Connecticut, has just given an update on the forensic investigation, saying he has completed post-mortems on the 26 victims in the school. "I believe that everybody was hit more than once," he said, adding that many of the bullets were lodged in the bodies.
The post-mortems on Lanza and his mother will be completed tomorrow.
20.25 (15.25) Carlee Soto, whose sister Vicki was among the six adults killed at Sandy Hook, has been tweeting her grief.
Vicki Soto is believed to have been the last person to die, killed as she was shielding her class of six-year-olds. After shooting her, Lanza reportedly turned the gun on himself.
19.52 (14.52) Inside the school the forensic work is still going on but all 27 bodies have been removed. Lanza had three guns on him at the time of his death - two pistols and a civilian version of an M16 - and police say they know which weapon he used to kill himself with but are not yet disclosing that information.
19.18 (14.18) Lauren Rousseau, 30, is the latest teacher named as a victim of the shootings.
Devastated friends say she was having "the best year of her life" after landing her first full-time teaching job only months ago.
"She was like a kid in many ways,'' her father, Gilles Rousseau, said. "That's why she liked working with kids so much. She died with her little kids.''
18.40 (13.40) Public Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson has told NBC of more tales of teachers' heroism. One teacher helped kids escape out of a window, while another hid children in the kiln room as the shooter made his way through school.
17.50 (12.50) Officers have "found evidence" at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at a second crime scene where a woman was found dead.
Speaking at a press conference earlier, Lt Paul Vance said:
Our investigators at the crime scene did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and more importantly why this occurred.
17.45 (12.45) CNN is reporting Lanza had six guns - three more than previously thought. It is believed he used three at school including a Bushmaster assault rifle, while police have now found three more rifles at the second crime scene.
17.10 (12.10) NBC are reporting that there was allegedly an altercation between Lanza and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before the shooting.
Officials say Lanza was involved in an argument at the school which involved himself and four other staff members. Of the four, three were murdered in the shooting spree while the fourth was not at school yesterday and is now being interviewed by federal and state investigators.
16.50 (11.50) Newtown students heard their principal's murder over the school intercom, which gave them some time to hide, according to one young girl talking to ABC.
it is not known if the intercom was turned on by headteacher Hochsprung to alert others in the school or whether it was turned on for morning announcement.
Either way, it caught the initial moments of the gunman's attack and gave teachers and others life saving moments to lock their doors and try to hide their children.
Third grader Tori Chop said that she could hear her principal's final moments as Lanza barged in with his weapons.
"Yeah, yeah, she was crying. I thought she was screaming," Chop told "Good Morning America." "That's what we heard over the loudspeaker. We heard kids crying.
"We kept hearing gun noises and 'put your hands up'…we kept hearing that," said Chop.
16.16 (11.16) Lanza tried to purchase a rifle earlier this week at a store in Danbury, Connecticut, according to NBC News. He was turned down because he didn't want to undergo a background check or abide by the state's waiting period for gun sales, officials said.
16.12 (11.12) One 17 year-old boy called Jesse whose brother went to school with Adam Lanza has just been interviewed by the BBC
He said Lanza was "a social outcast", and "the kind of kid that wouldn't talk to people about the things that happened to them.
"I've heard he's very fidgety. He didn't seem like a kid who had a lot of friends."
He added that it was upsetting to hear that children he had previously babysat for were killed in the shooting.
He said many in the town had taken down Christmas decorations, as now was not a time for celebration.
15.42 (10.42) We now have a transcript of radio traffic featuring officers from Newtown police and fire department, and Connecticut state police immediately after the shooting started. It becomes clear that, as the police just confirmed, the suspect did force his way in to the school.
0935 Sandy Hook School. Caller is indicating she thinks there's someone shooting in the building.
0936 Units responding at Sandy Hook School. The front glass has been broken. We're unsure why.
0937 All units, the individual I have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire.
0938 All units responding to Sandy Hook School at this time. The shooting appears to have stopped. The school is in lockdown.
0940 I will need two ambulances at this time.
0940 The shooter is apparently still shooting in the office area.
0941 Take exit 10... continue on Riverside Road, Dickerson Drive. Make sure you have your vest on.
0942 Last known shots were in the front of the (inaudible)
0943 We have one fatal in room one... (inaudible) received a wound to the foot...
0946 I got bodies here.
15.20 (10.20) Lt Paul Vance says the suspect "was not voluntarily let into the school," but rather made a "forced" entry.
They also confirmed that the woman found dead at the second crrime scene was related to the shooter.
15.14 (10.14) Lieutenant Paul Vance from the Connecticut State Police department is speaking live now outside the school. He says the victims have been officially identified, but they have some more work to do before they release the full list of victims' names and ages.
A crisis intervention team has been established in the town and their services will be available to victims' families.
He says they are still working on forensics at the school, which will take at least one to two days.
15.00 (10.00) USA Today said they had interviewed a very trauamatised school nurse from Sandy Hook, who described how the gunman walked into her office and looked her straight in the eye. She then was said to have ducked under the desk before he then inexplicably turning around and walking out.
She also said she knew the suspect's mother, Nancy, describing her as an "absolutely loving, caring kindergarten teacher."
There are mixed reports as to whether Nancy Lanza worked at the school or not, but this is the first person to talk about her being a teacher at Sandy Hook.
14.50 (09.50) As America starts to wake up, people have begun to lay flowers near the school.
14.30 (09.30) Mary-Anne Jacob, the school librarian, has just told Sky News of how she barrackaded 18 children into a cupboard to avoid the shooter. When asked about Nancy Lanza, the suspected killer's mother, she said she didn't know anyone called Nancy Lanza who works at the school.
13.30 (08.30) The superintendent of Newtown schools has just told the Today Show in America that Nancy Lanza did not work at Sandy Hook Elementary and she was not in their database. it is now unclear what her connection to the school was.
13.15 (08.13) As mentioned earlier, first-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig managed to keep the killer out of her classroom by blockading the door.
Here she recounts her ordeal and tells how she kept her class safe.
12.46 (07.46) A third young victim has been named as six year-old Jesse Lewis.
His father Neil Heslin told The New York Post that Jesse had been looking forward to making gingerbread houses in school yesterday.
“I dropped him off at school at 9 am. He went happily. That was the last I saw of him," Mr Heslin, 50, said.
“He was just a happy boy. Everybody knew Jesse.He was going to go places in life. He did well in school.
“He was in Ms. [Victoria] Soto’s class. We were supposed to make gingerbread houses today at 2:30 in his class."
11.30 (06.30) The Ottawa Citizen has published this photo purporting to show one of the victims, six year-old Ana Marquez-Greene, with her family.

Her father, Jimmy Greene, is a jazz saxophinist. Friends and fellow musicians posted messages of condolence on their Facebooks walls last night, including pianist Christian Sands.
@christiansands1 My prayers and heart go out to my brother, Mr. Jimmy Greene. Your loss cannot be compared. I'm praying for you and your family @jimmygreene
11.15 (06.15) The school's principal Dawn Hochsprung had a Twitter profile she regularly updated with news of how students were doing.
She had recently put up a picture of Sandy Hook Elementary practising an evacuation drill.

10:10 (05:10) 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.
Authorities have identified principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, and 27-year-old Victoria Soto, a young first grade teacher, as three of the eight adults found dead at the school on Friday.
It has been reported that Miss Soto sacrificed herself to save her students – throwing her body in front of the young children.
09:50 (04:50) Friends and relatives have paid tribute to the school's principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the shooting.
Hochsprung’s niece, MaryAnn Suarez of Naugatuck, said her aunt devoted her life to the children at her school.
“In every school she worked at, every teacher was her friend, she was every child’s friend,” Suarez said.
According to Suarez, Hochsprung is a married mother of two daughters and four grandchildren.
09:25 (04:25) A second victim has been named, another six year-old girl called Grace McDonnell, according to the MailOnline.
She has been described as "utterly adorable" and "full of life", with eyes that were so blue and hair that was so blonde that friends thought she looked like a "little doll".
Her mother Lynn McDonnell, 45, a housewife, and Christopher, 49, a business executive, live just one street away from where alleged shooter Adam Lanza lived.
Neighbor Dorothy Werden, 49, said: "I just choke up when I think about it. Grace was like a little doll. She was utterly adorable.
"I used to see her waiting for the school bus over the road from our house every day.
"She had blonde hair and blue eyes - she was like a little Barbie doll."
09:15 (04:15) A picture of one of the first young victims has been published by the Toronto Sun.
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, has been named as one of the 20 children killed.
She had just started at the school with her brother Isaiah, reportedly in grade 3, this year after moving from Winnipeg in Canada. Isaiah made it out unharmed.
The children's father is American jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene. According to his online biography, Greene and his family spent the past three years in Winnipeg while he worked as a faculty member with the University of Manitoba's school of music.
Their mother Nelba, is a therapist who worked at the University of Winnipeg's Aurora Family Therapy Centre.
09:00 (04:00) It is believed the guns used in the shooting belonged to his mother, Nancy, who bought them legally.
Two 9mm handguns were found at the scene of the Connecticut shooting, according to NBC News. Lanza also reportedly brought two semi-automatic pistols and an automatic rifle to school. All three of those guns were legally owned by Nancy Lanza.
Connecticut residents must be 21 or older to purchase or carry a handgun, while Lanza was only 20.
08:55 (03:55) A reporter from the local paper, the Stamford Advocate, first broke the news to Lanza's father, Peter, a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services who separated from his mother in 2009.
"I told him I was a reporter for the Stamford Advocate, and I was surprised that no click of recognition flash across his face," writes Maggie Gordon. "So I continued, explaining that I'd been told someone at his address had been linked to the shootings in Newtown.
"His expression twisted from patient, to surprise to horror."
08:35 (03:35) As more details come out, more stories of heroism emerge.
Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig was worried that she and her students would not survive the gunfire.
Ms Roig told ABC News that she quickly ushered her first grade students into the class bathroom and held the door shut with a storage unit.
"They asked, 'Can we go see if anyone is out there… I just want Christmas… I don't want to die, I just want to have Christmas," she said.
She told them she loved them as she feared it would be the last thing they would ever hear.
08:30 (03:30) Throughout the afternoon, Adam Lanza's older brother Ryan, 24, a former student at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, was named by some news outlets as the killer.
Ryan’s identification had been found on the body of his underage brother, leading to the mistaken reports.
08:25 (03:25) Catherine Urso, who was attending a vigil last night in Newtown, said her college-age son knew the killer and remembered him for his alternative style.
"He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths," she said.
Lanza's parents filed for divorce in 2008, according to court records. His father, Peter Lanza, lives in Stamford, Connecticut, according to public records, and he reportedly works as a tax director for General Electric.
08:15 (03:15) The New York Times has done a profile on the killer, named as Adam Lanza, describing him as an intelligent but shy person, who left few footprints in life.
He did all he could to avoid attention, it seemed.
Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, “Camera shy.” Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school.
Remembering him from school, one of his old classmates, Olivia DeVivo, said she and her friends "weren’t surprised” at that news.
She said. “They said he always seemed like he was someone who was capable of that because he just didn’t really connect with our high school, and didn’t really connect with our town.”
08.10 (03:10) Overnight Richard Blackden, our reporter in Connecticut, attended vigils across Newtown to remember the victims of the massacre.
Thousands of residents Newtown, Connecticut poured into vigils last night as this small American town grieved over the second-deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.
People spilled onto the steps of the St Rose of Lima catholic church, where about six or seven families lost children in the shooting, according to parish priest Robert Weiss. It was a scene repeated in at least six church across the leafy town of 26,000 that lie 80 miles north of New York.
"This will change our country and all of our communities forever," said Diane Heineken, a resident of Newtown. "You are part of it in this community. We're all connected."
10:03 p.m.: WABC News and ABC News report that the Sandy Hook elementary school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was among those killed during the Newtown, Conn., school rampage, according to multiple sources.
9:37 p.m.: A Sig Sauer and a Glock semi automatic handgun were used in the slaying and that .223 shell casings – a round used in a semi automatic military style rifle – were also found.
9:16 p.m.: Numerous relatives and friends of the gunman, Adam Lanza, and his mother were being interviewed by the FBI in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, all in an effort to put together a better picture of the gunman and any possible explanation for today’s tragedy.
6:25 p.m.: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman Adam Lanza, was found dead in her Connecticut home. The 20-year-old man, shot her in the face, authorities told ABC News. Following the murder of his mother, Lanza, carrying at least two semi-automatic pistols and an automatic rifle, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where his mother worked. There he killed 20 children and six adults.
Lanza was found dead in the school with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The rifle was found in his car, authorities said.
6:00 p.m.: “Evil visited this community today,” said Conn. Gov Dan Malloy.
5:29 p.m.: Gunman’s mother was teacher’s aide at school and not a teacher as previously believed, authorities say.
4:52 p.m: Ryan Lanza, 24, brother of gunman Adam Lanza, 20, tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality disorder.” Neighbors described the younger man to ABC as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
4:41 p.m.: Federal law enforcement sources now say Connecticut school shooting gunman was Adam Lanza, 20, and not his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as earlier reported. Adam was found dead in the school along with his mother, a kindergarten teacher there.
4:18 p.m.: “My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever,” tweets New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate.
4:17 p.m.: Federal sources initially identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, but there appears now to be confusion over the gunman’s identity.
3:42 p.m.: Shooting took place in “one section of the school in two rooms,” says Vance, adds there is only one known shooter “right now.”
3:40 p.m.: 18 children pronounced dead at school; 2 dead at hospital; 6 adults dead at school, says Conn. State Police spokesman Paul Vance.
3:18 p.m.: “As a country, we have been through this too many times,” President Obama says about shooting.
3:17 p.m.: President Obama says majority of victims were students ages five to 10 years old.
3:15 p.m.: President Obama visibly emotional in remarks about Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
3:15: Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother was a kindergarten teacher at the school. She and many of her students were found dead in the school.
2:48 p.m.: Hero teacher Kaitlin Roig tells ABC News that she barricaded her first grade students in classroom bathroom and locked the door when she first heard gun shots. “The kids were being so good. They asked: ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there? … I just want Christmas… 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.”
2:46 p.m.: White House announces that President Obama will address the nation at 3:15 p.m.
2:37 p.m.: Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother found among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
2:28 p.m. The gunman in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting has been identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey. A dead body has also been found in his parents’ home, officials said. Lanza’s body was found in the school.
2:22 p.m.: Federal agents investigating whether slain Connecticut school gunman had a relationship with someone in the school, sources say.
1:44 p.m.: “The scene is secure. The public is not in danger,” says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.
1:42: Shooter is deceased inside the school, say state police.
1:26 p.m.: President Obama has been briefed on shooting by FBI director Bob Mueller and spoken with Conn Gov. Dan Malloy.
1:17 p.m: One shooter is described as 24-years-old, armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, sources tell ABC News.
1:09 p.m.: Twenty-seven people, or more, most of them children killed in shooting, sources tell ABC News.
12: 47 a.m.: More than 20 people, most of them young children, killed in shooting, according to law enforcement sources.
12:36 a.m.: Law enforcement conducting car to car searches in area of school.
12:26 a.m.: More than a dozen persons, including children shot and killed at Newtown, Conn., elementary school, federal, and state law enforcement sources tell ABC News.
12:24 a.m.: Law enforcement agents with weapons drawn seen running into wooded area behind the school.
12:19 a.m.: Federal agents are at the scene of the school with guns still drawn as parents rush to pick up their children.
12:09 a.m.: Sources tell ABC News multiple persons shot
11:55 a.m.: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tells WABC three victims in hospital are in “very serious condition.”
11:52 a.m.: Danbury Hospital confirms three patients have been taken there for treatment.
A shooting involving two gunmen erupted at a Connecticut elementary school this morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.
State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large, sources told ABC News.
The shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury.
State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41 a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source.
(Reuters) - Police released the names on Saturday of 26 people shot dead in the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school a day earlier, including 20 children ages 6 and 7, in an incident that stands as one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Six adults ages 27 to 56 - all women - were identified by authorities a day after a heavily armed 20-year-old gunman forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among the children, there were eight boys and 12 girls.

The gunman used a long rifle as his primary weapon, the state's chief medical examiner told reporters, adding that "all the wounds that I know of" were caused by a rifle.

Asked to describe the attack, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, who oversaw the autopsies of all the victims and conducted many himself, called it "the worst I have seen."

"They were wearing cute kid stuff," he said when asked to describe the children he examined. "They were first graders. It's the kind of stuff you'd send your kids or your grandkids out the door to first grade in."

A total of 28 people died in the rampage, including the gunman. The list of names released did not include the shooter, identified by law enforcement sources as Adam Lanza, or his mother, who Carver confirmed was killed at the nearby crime site authorities had previously disclosed.

The attack, which ended when the gunman turned his weapon on himself, stunned members of the tight-knit suburban community, once listed as the fifth-safest town in the America but now in crisis.

Police earlier said they had assembled "some very good evidence" on the killer's motives.

"Our investigators at the crime scene ... did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in, hopefully, painting the complete picture as to how - and more importantly why - this occurred," Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters.

Townsfolk set up multiple small memorials near the school, one made of flowers assembled around the school's sign - which reads "Visitors Welcome" - and another, further down Riverside Road where people put up more than two dozen candles ranging from small household votives to large, ceremonial candles.

Yale-New Haven Hospital opened a crisis-intervention center in the wealthy suburb of 27,000 people about 80 miles from New York City.

President Barack Obama, who a day earlier was moved to tears on national television by the tragedy, called for "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this," but stopped short of specifically calling for tighter gun-control laws.

The nation has experienced many mass shootings, but rarely have the victims been so young. The incident also stood to revive a debate about U.S. gun laws.

The killer's mother, Nancy Lanza, legally owned a Sig Sauer and a Glock, both handguns of models commonly used by police, and a military-style Bushmaster .223 M4 carbine, according to law enforcement officials who also believe Adam Lanza used at least some of those weapons.

"We're investigating the history of each and every weapon, and we will know every single thing about those weapons," Vance said.

The death toll exceeded that of one of the most notorious U.S. school shootings, the 1999 rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where two teenagers murdered 13 students and staff before killing themselves.

(Additional reporting by Edith Honan, Rob Cox, Chris Kaufman, Dave Gregorio, Chris Francescani, and Edward Krudy; Writing by Scott Malone and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Will Dunham)

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I just heard there are up to 27 dead. I know the news often screws up, during Columbine the local PD said there were about that may deceased as well and they were wrong. Let's hope they are wrong here.
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