Gunman carried hundreds of rounds
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.