Law enforcement officials offer no hint of what motivated 20-year-old
Adam Lanza, 20, carried out one of the deadliest mass slayings in U.S. history, officials say.
Scenes from the school tragedy. Get complete coverage of the Connecticut school shooting, including photos and video, at NEWTOWN, CONN. — A 20year-old man wearing combat gear shot and killed 26 people — 20 of them children — in an attack Friday in an elementary school in Connecticut. Witnesses and oflcials described a horrific scene as the gunman, with brutal eflciency, chose his victims in two classrooms while other students dove under desks and hid in closets.
Hundreds of terrified parents, fearing the worst, descended on the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Many arrived as their sobbing children were led out, each with a hand on the shoulder of the child in front.
But by that time, most of the victims were dead, as was the gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, who committed suicide. The children killed were said to be from 5 to 10 years old.
A 28th victim, identified by police as Lanza’s mother, Nancy, was found dead at her