Connecticut School Shooting Updates

December 18, 2012

3:27 PM ET

Sandy Hook students to resume school in January at new building, Newtown superintendent says in letters to parents. via @AP 

December 17, 2012

2:10 PM ET

Police looking at smashed computers from gunman’s home

Investigators are searching smashed computer parts for clues that might shed light on the Connecticut school shooting, including e-mails gunman Adam Lanza might have sent and websites he might have visited, a law enforcement official said Monday. CNN’s Carol Cratty reports that the official did not know how many computers were seized from the home where Lanza lived, but the official thinks there was more than one. A second law enforcement official said investigators had removed computers from the house, but would not comment on their condition.

December 17, 2012

12:48 PM ET

Officials say they will provide everyone with the latest information as soon as they can, saying the investigation takes time. “We will keep public informed as soon as we can.”

December 17, 2012

12:57 PM ET

Absolutely no connection between Adam Lanza’s mother and Sandy Hook elementary, reports state officials via CNNLast news conference for the rest of day, officials tell CNN. 

December 17, 2012

12:54 PM ET

Computer Crimes Team On-Hand To Investigate Computer Evidence

Law enforcement officials say although they cannot confirm reports of computer hard-drives belonging to Lanza family – they do have computer crime teams on-hand to investigate.

December 17, 2012

12:50 PM ET

Threats Called-In To Catholic Church To Be Investigated

Two threats of violence against Catholic church in Newtown, CT – which are criminal acts and will be followed-up with state and federal investigations.

December 17, 2012

12:48 PM ET

Connecticut officials continue to guard Sandy Hook elementary while the first funerals begin today.

Law enforcement officials plead with the public to give families of victims  privacy and allow them to grieve, CNN reports.

December 17 2012

12:12 PM ET

Funerals Begin For Newtown Victims As Schools Confront Tragedy

Mourners in Newtown, Connecticut, headed for the first two of 20 funerals of schoolchildren massacred in their classroom as the rest of the nation on Monday anxiously sent children back to school with tightened security. Reuters reports tiny caskets marked the first wave of funerals for the 20 children and six adults killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both 6 years old, will be laid to rest on Monday afternoon. President Barack Obama, who said in Newtownon Sunday that the 20-year-old gunman acted out of “unconscionable evil,” was heralded by the family of teacher Victoria Soto, 27, who was slain as she tried to protect her first-grade students. ”He really made us feel like she really was a hero and that everyone should know it,” her brother, Carlos Soto, said on CBS on Monday. Obama, addressing an interfaith vigil in the small Connecticut town on Sunday night, spoke forcefully on the country’s failings in protecting its children and demanded changes in response to the mass shootings of the last few months.

December 17, 2012

11:53 AM ET

Sandy Hook Elementary School Closed Indefinitely

Authorities said Monday that Sandy Hook Elementary School will be closed indefinitely following Friday’s mass shooting, The Wall Street Journal reports. Faculty and staff from the school—where 26 people were shot to death, including 20 children—will meet at Newtown High School later Monday to discuss how the district will move forward from the tragedy, said Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.Other schools in the district will resume classes Tuesday. But Sandy Hook Elementary School will remain a crime scene and has been seized under warrant, as has the home where the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, allegedly killed his mother that morning.

December 17,2012

11:01 AM ET

Pro-Gun Lawmaker Calls On NRA To Discuss Gun Law Changes

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and a pro-gun lawmaker, today called on Congress and the gun industry to come together on a “sensible, reasonable approach” to curbing high-powered, assault weapons like those used in the Connecticut school shooting last week. Manchin said all ideas should be open for discussion after the violence on Friday that killed 20 children aged 6 and 7. Manchin, a hunter and member of the National Rifle Association, said the availability of such high-powered weapons does not make sense and called on the gun lobby group to cooperate with a reform of the nation’s gun laws. The NRA has been an influential force against limiting gun sales and has succeeded in loosening restrictions on some high-powered combat weapons originally intended for military use.

December 17, 2012

10:53 AM ET

Second Person Injured In Connecticut School Shooting Survived

Two adults injured in the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are recovering in the hospital, Connecticut state police confirmed in a news conference Monday. NBC News reports initial reports over the weekend suggested only one person had been injured in the attack and survived.  Connecticut state police said those injured will be interviewed once their medical condition improves. Meanwhile, authorities will continue to interview witnesses and painstakingly analyze the evidence found at the school and the shooter’s home.

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