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Adam Lanza Identified As Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter

Fri, December 14, 2012 4:39pm EDT by 24 Comments

A name has been attached to the man who opened fire at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, killing 27 people.

Twenty-seven people are now dead after a horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 — and after officials incorrectly identified Ryan Lanza as the gunman responsible for the senseless killings, the Associated Press reports it was, in fact, Ryan’s younger brother, Adam Lanza that carried out the heinous shooting at the Newtown school. 

Adam, 20, died on the scene; officials tell the AP he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot.

Almost immediately after Ryan Lanza’s name was incorrectly announced on national television, thousands of Facebook users shared what they believed to be his profile picture on their own timelines, attaching comments like “Here’s the piece of s**t shooter” and “This is the guy who killed those kids.”

A Twitter account believed to belong to Ryan also gained more than a thousand followers following the release of Ryan’s name.

More Details on the Tragic Connecticut School Shooting:

Multiple unconfirmed reports claim Adam and Ryan’s mother was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and that Adam opened fire in her classroom.

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy addressed the public during a press conference, saying he’s “horrified” at the events that took place in his state. He’s meeting with families to ensure they get information as soon as possible.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from Sandy Hook Elementary School at 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. Paul Vance, after which authorities completed a thorough search of the school and began evacuating students one by one.

Hollywood Responds to News Of Elementary School Massacre:

As is the case with most national tragedies, it didn’t take long for celebrities to start tweeting their horrified reactions to the shooting.

In total shock over the school shooting in Ct!” reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted. “18 children shot dead & 9 adults by a father of one of the kids! What has this world come to?”

“Why does this happen?” asked Miley Cyrus. “Why do bad things happen to such good people… Especially young ones. Sending blessings to CT.”

Associated Press

More on the Connecticut Elementary School Shooting:

  1. Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: Close To 30 Dead, 18 Kids
  2. Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting — Celebrities Respond to Massacre on Twitter