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No Motive Yet In Connecticut School Shooting

Newtown police say all victims' families have been notified and that officials are not yet releasing the names of the gunman or children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Newtown, Conn., residents reeling from the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school on Friday are searching for answers about the gunman’s motive.

Police have said that they are “working backwards” to piece together the “why” behind the mass shooting in this town of about 27,000 about 60 miles northeast of New York City. A noon Saturday prayer service is scheduled for St. John's Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook, a section of Newtown.

Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko, the department’s public information officer, told Patch Saturday morning that investigators have no sense of what prompted the gunman to act.

“There is no sense of motive at this time,” Sinko said.

Though Connecticut State Police have declined to identify the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, he is being widely identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. According to NBC News, three weapons used in the shootings—two 9 mm handguns and a rifle—were legally purchased and registered to Lanza’s mother, a teacher at the school whom police say was found dead at her Sandy Hook home.

Parents of schoolchildren at the scene Friday told Patch that the school was locked and that all visitors needed to be buzzed in. Sinko said Saturday that the gunman appeared to have blasted his way inside.

Police radio dispatches aired by CNN reveal harrowing early communications to emergency responders who arrived at the elementary school around 9:40 a.m. Friday.

"Caller is indicating she thinks that someone is shooting in the building," a dispatcher says. "The front glass has been broken."

And later: "All units, the individual that I have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. Units are responding to Sandy Hook school as this time. The shooting appears to have stopped. The school is in lockdown."

According to Sinko, the gunman may have shot out glass next to the front door of the school.

“We say that because the window next to the door was shattered. We are still investigating," Sinko said.

Sinko said investigators are sorting through a “tremendous amount of evidence."

Much of the investigators’ work involves checking motor vehicles, Sinko said.

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More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage:

  • Reaction: Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Police Raid Sandy Hook Home Hours After Shooting
  • [PHOTOS] Newtown School Shooting

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Tim December 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@ opinionated hereAs I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them," he said.s why you dont act like rambo" not to mention how do the cops know who the bad guy is? idiot "
oldsoldier December 18, 2012 at 01:09 AM
To Laura - I'm glad you brought that up. If parents structure their children's lives properly and instill proper values, instead of leaving them to figure things out for themselves or be their friends, perhaps it may not cure mental illness, but it might just prevent someone from developing one of the many mental illnesses out there and enable them to cope better. To be taught "this is why you do the right thing" instead of "there is a reason why you do not do the right thing", could help at least someone. And if it does help one person to help themselves, isn't that worth it?
Mark December 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Go back and read my comments... I said I feel Mental illness is the real problem that would cause a person to kill anyone, never mind innocent little kids. Mental illness could affect anyone. It is not all poor people like some seem to think, it affects rich people as well. You missed my point with the pencil or car, never said it is designed to kill anyone. I am just sick of all the excuses of pinning the blame on one thing or another. Each person should be responsible for themselves and their own actions. If a kid fails a test, they will try to blame the pencil if they could as silly as it sounds. I was just making a point, or the teacher which is the one to get the usual blame. It's not that the kid didn't study. If someone gets in to a car drunk, the car has killed plenty being it is a heavy piece of machinery. Is it the car's fault? No, it is the person who chose to get in to the car drunk. As well as drugs, if you are drugged out it can wind up killing someone if someone makes the wrong decision. We just keep on blaming instead of taking responsibility that something has to be done with mental illness. It was stated in the paper that no one really knows if it was mental illness that caused this. Well, I say, get your head out of your butt! Mental Illness is the only thing that would cause someone to shoot little kids and Adults cold blooded. I don't care how many laws you put through, if someone goes off the deep end and they want to get a few guns they will.
NJarhead December 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
And millions of people own guns legally and don't kill anyone. The argument of gun control is weak. It doesn't work. What's more sickening is your willingness, and that of the likes of you, to protect the rights of one aspect profile, while completely discounting the other, and why? Because you know nothing of guns, because you don't like guns. No one should have their rights debated, or pressured into debate, by the vastly uninformed. Especially in the wake of a tragedy.
NJarhead December 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
And you don't understand crime. Criminals don't abide by the law. Only law abiding citizens will be affected by your knee-jerk, "feel good" legislation proposal.

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