Gun­man car­ried hun­dreds of rounds

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Am­mu­ni­tion

Shooter had enough ammo to kill ev­ery child in school, po­lice say. By Mat­tA­puzzo and Pat Ea­ton-Robb NEW­TOWN, CONN. — The gun­man in the Con­necti­cut shoot­ing ram­page was car­ry­ing an ar­se­nal of hun­dreds of rounds of es­pe­cially deadly am­mu­ni­tion — enough to kill just about ev­ery stu­dent in the school if given enough time, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day, rais­ing the chill­ing pos­si­bil­ity that the blood­bath could have been far worse.

Adam Lanza shot him­self in the head just as he heard po­lice draw­ing near to the class­room where he was slaugh­ter­ing help­less chil­dren, but he had more am­mu­ni­tion at the ready in the form of mul­ti­ple, high-ca­pac­ity clips each ca­pa­ble of hold­ing 30 bul­lets.

The dis­clo­sure Sun­day sent shud­ders through­out this New Eng­land com­mu­nity as griev­ing fam­i­lies sought to com­fort one an­other dur­ing church ser­vices de­voted to im­pos­si­ble ques­tions like that of a 6-year-old girl who asked her mother: “The lit­tle chil­dren, are they with the an­gels?”

With so much griev­ing left to do, many of New­town’s 27,000 peo­ple won­dered whether life could ever re­turn to nor­mal. And as the work­week was set to be­gin, par­ents weighed whether to send their own chil­dren back to school.

Gov. Dan­nel Malloy said the shooter de­cided to kill him­self when he heard po­lice clos­ing in about 10 min­utes into the at­tack.

“We sur­mise that it was

Cheryl Gi­rardi of Mid­dle­town, Conn., weeps in front of 26 teddy bears, each rep­re­sent­ing a vic­tim of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary shoot­ings, at a me­mo­rial on Sun­day in New­town, Conn. Many of the town’s 27,000 res­i­dents won­dered whether life there would ever re­turn to nor­mal.

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