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 Coping with fear and sorrow in the wake of the shootings in Connecticut

1 year ago

Conn. grants $500K for lost business in Newtown

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state of Connecticut is giving $500,000 to businesses in Newtown that say they lost money because of the fallout from the school shooting there last month.

The grant will help businesses that were hurt by road closings and entrances blocked by traffic, parked vehicles and crowds paying their respects at makeshift memorials.

First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra (LOH'-drah) says as many as 16 businesses were essentially shut for nearly two weeks by a crush of traffic in the normally quiet town.

The money will be administered by Newtown. Llodra says officials have not yet drawn up a process to distribute it.

A gunman killed 20 students and six educators last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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1 year ago

Former US Rep Giffords visits Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is visiting the Connecticut town where a gunman massacred 26 people at an elementary school last month.

Sue Marcinek, an assistant to Newtown's first selectman, says the former Arizona congresswoman met Friday with the selectman, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. She was accompanied by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.

A gunman killed 20 children and six educators during a Dec. 14 rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Giffords was left partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury, when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meet-and-greet outside a Tucson grocery store on Jan. 8, 2011. Arizona's chief federal judge and five others were killed and 12 people, in addition to Giffords, were wounded.

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1 year ago

Moment of silence to honor Newtown, CT, shooting victims

WASHINGTON (AP) - The victims of the elementary school massacre are being remembered this morning with a moment of silence and the ringing of bells at houses of worship throughout the country.

It was a week ago today that 26 people were killed inside the school in Newtown, Conn., before the gunman killed himself.

President Barack Obama released a video Friday, saying he has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws.

1 year ago

Classes resume in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Students in Newtown, Conn., have completed their first day of classes since a gunman carried out a massacre in an elementary school there last week.

Only students at Sandy Hook Elementary, the shooting site, didn't return to classes Tuesday.

The town also played host to back-to-back funerals for two first-graders who were among the dead.

The services for James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos were the first of eight to be held in coming days at a Roman Catholic church in town.

Gunman Adam Lanza shot his mother Friday, then headed to Sandy Hook and killed 20 children, six adults and himself.

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1 year ago

Parents, students on edge as classes resume in Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Some parents may still keep their kids at home -- but schools in Newtown, Conn., are opening their doors today for the first time since Friday's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The school where 20 children died will remain closed. It's been designated a crime scene, and state police say it could be months before police turn the school back over to the district. In the meantime, school officials are making plans to send students to a former middle school in a neighboring town.

The mother of one 15-year-old who's supposed to be back in his high school classes today says if her son wants to stay home, she'll let him stay home -- but she thinks "going back to a routine is a good idea." At least, she says, that's what she hears from professionals.

A man whose 10-year-old daughter attends a local Catholic school says it's time for her to get back to classes -- though he admits that he's worried.

Local police and school officials have been discussing how and when to increase security. State police say they will be on alert for threats and hoaxes.

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1 year ago

Conn. school likely closed for months

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Funerals for the 26 victims of Friday's elementary school massacre are beginning this afternoon in Connecticut. The first funerals are for two 6-year-olds. Jack Pinto is being described as a big New York Giants fan, while relatives describe Noah Pozner as a boy who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. His twin sister, Arielle, was in a different classroom and survived the shooting.

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot to death 26 people at Sandy Hook on Friday, including 20 children, then killed himself.

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1 year ago

Coping with fear and sorrow in the wake of the shootings in Connecticut

It's natural to want to shield kids from images and news related to the school shooting in Connecticut, and the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement saying young children should not be exposed to extensive media coverage of the tragedy.

"We all want to hear the news, and we want to stay as connected to it as possible, but when we have our kids around us, it may not be the best time," warns Dr. Catherine Mogil of the UCLA Child and Family Trauma Service.

Still, childcare experts say parents should talk to their children about the shooting, because no matter how much we protect them it's likely they will hear something in the coming days.

If they don't have all of the facts, they'll make up their own.

"One of the amazing things about children is that they create something, a story that makes sense to them if they don't have all the information," Mogil explains.

You can start by asking what they know, and then express to them that these shootings are rare.

Reassure them with every day ways we keep one another safe, like putting seat belts on and wearing a helmet when biking.

"The next main step is to keep the lines of communication open let them now you're here to talk about this with them," Mogil says.

Child psychologists recommend parents acknowledge how sad and scary the shooting was, but also give kids ways to feel better, like playing with their friends or getting a hug.

They're the first steps in what is sure to be a long healing process.

1 year ago

In divorce, mom had authority over Conn. shooter

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Newly public divorce paperwork shows that the mother of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza had the authority to make all decisions regarding his upbringing.

The court papers were made public Monday. The divorce was finalized in September 2009, when Adam Lanza was 17.

Lanza killed his mother before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning and killing 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

His parents married in June 1981 in Kingston, N.H. The file says their marriage broke down "irretrievably" and that there was no possibility of getting back together.

The divorce agreement gave Nancy Lanza $265,000 in alimony last year. It makes no mention of any mental health issues regarding Adam Lanza.

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1 year ago

Source: Some of shooter's guns may have been mom's

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says some guns owned by the mother of the gunman in the Connecticut elementary school rampage match the models of the guns used in the shooting.

The official cautions that investigators haven't conclusively linked the guns used in the rampage to the ones the woman owned.

The official says state police records show the woman had legally purchased five firearms and all were registered in Connecticut. Authorities are still trying to account for all the guns.

The official was not authorized to speak to reporters about the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the woman's 20-year-old son killed her Friday, then opened fire inside the school in Newtown, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, then killed himself.

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1 year ago

Central Coast coping with Connecticut shootings

The school shooting in Connecticut will affect parents and students across the entire nation, including here on the Central Coast.

Dr. Rene Bravo, a San Luis Obispo pediatrician said parents should filter what their children watch and hear for the next few days. But, he said, if a child needs to talk, parents should encourage them to speak about their feelings and share what they feel.

Dr. Jackie Kirk-Martinez, the Executive Director of Student Services for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District said all of it's principals and counselors are on hand if students or parents need to talk. She said it's schools did have a heightened safety alertness for Friday, but she said their main focus was to keep the students engaged on learning.

Dr. Bravo said, "it [the shooting] will make children feel very insecure in their environments, it's really important for children to be reassured by their adults and their parents. That their parents are there, that they love them, and the adults around them, the adults in school, their teachers, are there also for them, and protect them."

Dr. Kirk-Ramirez said no parents took their kids out of school early on Friday, which is good, because that continues the sense of normalcy.

Dr. Bravo added that parents can keep their kids on a positive track right now by focusing on the holiday spirit.

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1 year ago

Tragedy In Connecticut

At least 28 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Frantic parents rushed back to Sandy Hook Elementary School, desperate for any information about their kids inside.

"We just ran like every other parent and found we couldn't get to the school," said one father.

"A friend of mine said a masked man came in and just started shooting," added woman outside the school.

Survivors said teachers scrambled to protect their students.

"We were doing morning meeting, we heard shots and everybody went on the ground. Ms. Martin closed the door and we went to the corner," said one student.

Police and SWAT teams surrounded the school and stormed outlying buildings.

The shooter, now identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, died inside the school.

It is believed Lanza drove there, where he killed his mother, a teacher, and her students.

Another body was found at a separate scene in Newtown that investigators say was linked to the crime.

The magnitude of the loss of life involving so many children has shaken this community and the nation.

"I know there is not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do," President Obama said after learning of the shooting. "The majority who died today were children beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old."

Investigators are still working to confirm the identity of the gunman, and say he may have been carrying an ID card belonging to someone else.

1 year ago

Official: Gunman's NJ brother cooperating

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation of the Connecticut school massacre says the brother of the gunman has been "extremely cooperative" and is not under arrest.

The official tells The Associated Press that Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., is still be being questioned but is not in custody and is not believed to have any connection to the school killings.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

The official says Ryan Lanza's computers and phone records were being searched but only "in an abundance of caution." He says Ryan told authorities he had not been in touch with his brother in recent years.

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1 year ago

Children describe terror as shooter kills 26

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Schoolchildren and their parents are describing the scene at a Connecticut elementary school today, as teachers locked doors and ordered the children to huddle in the corner or hide in closets.

Shots rang through the building, as a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.

One man says his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. He says his son "grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door."

The father of one 7-year-old says the boy heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." A teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door, and had the kids huddle in the corner until police arrived.

A teenager who rushed to the school to check on his sister, after hearing the gunfire from his nearby home, says the 9-year-old girl had heard a scream come over the intercom at one point.

As they left the school, the children -- some crying, others looking frightened -- were told by police to close their eyes, so they wouldn't see the carnage around them.

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1 year ago

Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a father, President Barack Obama says, he's grieving for the victims of today's school shooting in Connecticut.

His remarks to the nation from the White House today were emotional ones, as Obama wiped his eyes and had to pause for several seconds to keep his composure.

He said, "Our hearts are broken today." Obama said the victims were "beautiful, little kids" who "had their entire lives ahead of them" -- and he recited future milestones lost: "birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Obama called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, but he did not say what that action should be. He ordered U.S. flags be flown at half-staff through Tuesday.

As he spoke, two senior aides standing nearby cried and held hands.

Obama, who began his comments with no greeting, ended them with words of Scripture, and walked away in silence.

1 year ago

Napolitano issues condolences in school shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expressing condolences to families of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting.

She said in a statement, quote, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy, especially the families and loved ones of those killed or injured."

Napolitano pledged "any support necessary" for local, state and other federal investigators working on the case.

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1 year ago

AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

The first official says Adam Lanza's older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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1 year ago

AP source: Suspect is 24; younger brother held

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and that his younger brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter. The law enforcement official says the boys' mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher.

The official also said Ryan Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the suspect is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

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1 year ago

Some of the deadliest mass shootings around world

A gunman at a Connecticut elementary school killed 27 people, including 18 children on Friday. It is among the world's worst mass shootings. Here is a look at some others:

- Aug. 5, 2012: Army veteran Wade Michael Page kills five men and one woman and wounds three other people, including a police officer, before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin outside Milwaukee.

- July 20, 2012: At least 12 people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." James Holmes, a 24-year-old former graduate student at the University of Colorado, has been charged in the deaths.

- March 11, 2012: Sixteen Afghan villagers, including nine children, are killed during a predawn attack in which Army prosecutors have charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39.

- July 22, 2011: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both attacks.

- Nov. 5, 2009: Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

- April 30, 2009: Farda Gadyrov, 29, enters the prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in the capital, Baku, armed with an automatic pistol and clips. He kills 12 people before killing himself as police close in.

- March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people - including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy - across two rural Alabama counties. He then killed himself.

- Sept. 23, 2008: Matti Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head.

- Nov. 7, 2007: After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen fires kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland.

- April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills 32 people and himself on Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va.

- April 26, 2002: Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from school in Erfurt, Germany, kills 13 teachers, two former classmates and policeman, before committing suicide.

- April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.

- April 28, 1996: Martin Bryant, 29, bursts into cafeteria in seaside resort of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia, shooting 20 people to death. Driving away, he kills 15 others. He was captured and imprisoned.

- March 13, 1996: Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 kindergarten children and their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then kills himself.

- Oct. 16, 1991: A deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as George Hennard opened fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. 20 others were wounded in the attack.

- June 18, 1990: James Edward Pough shoots people at random in a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office in Jacksonville, Fla., killing 10 and wounding four, before killing himself.

- Dec. 6, 1989: Marc Lepine, 25, bursts into Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college, shooting at women he encounters, killing nine and then himself.

- Aug. 19, 1987: Michael Ryan, 27, kills 16 people in small market town of Hungerford, England, and then shoots himself dead after being cornered by police.

- July 12, 1976: Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian in the library of California State University, Fullerton, fatally shot seven fellow employees and wounded two others.

- Aug. 20, 1986: Pat Sherrill, 44, a postal worker who was about to be fired, shoots 14 people at a post office in Edmond, Okla. He then kills himself.

- July 18, 1984: James Oliver Huberty, an out-of-work security guard, kills 21 people in a McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif. A police sharpshooter kills Huberty.

- Aug. 1, 1966: Charles Whitman opened fire from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 people and wounding 31.

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1 year ago

Official: 27 dead in Conn. school shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, says the gunman is among the dead.

The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.

State police say Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond.

Photos from the scene showed young students - some crying, others looking visibly frightened - being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

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1 year ago

Gunman killed in Conn. school shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman at the center of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way says the man apparently had two guns.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it's unclear whether there are other injuries.

Ambulance surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter flew overhead.

The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.

State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the shooting reports.

1 year ago

School shooting reported in Newtown, Conn.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police say they are assisting local police in Newtown in response to reports of a shooting at an elementary school.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it's unclear if that's the only injury.

The superintendent's office says the district has locked down schools.

The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. about the reports.

The Newtown Bee newspaper (http://bit.ly/J4eUyR) posted a photo of a group of young students - some crying, others looking visibly frightened - being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

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