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School Massacre: Suspect’s Brother, Mother Found Dead

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(CNN) –Law officials now say that the shooting suspect is believed to be 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Ryan Lanza is his older brother and is being questioned by law enforcement.

Adam’s father was found dead in a residential location searched in Hoboken, New Jersey, a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said. In addition, the mother of the alleged shooter was found dead in the elementary school, the source said.

Connecticut Police have confirmed that a total of 20 children have died as a result of the shooting. 18 of the children died at the scene, while 2 others died at the hospital. 6 adults at the school are also confirmed to be dead. One other adult has been found dead at a separate crime scene in Newtown.

Police did not discharge their weapons at any time when responding to Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. However, he could not confirm whether the suspected shooter — who died at the scene — killed himself, saying that would have to be determined by the medical examiner.

President Barack Obama said Friday that the children killed in the Connecticut school shooting and other tragedies “are our children,” and the nation must come together to prevent such incidents “regardless of the politics.”

Obama wiped away tears and paused to collect himself Friday as he spoke of “beautiful little kids” killed in the Connecticut school shooting, saying: “Our hearts are broken today.”

 

From CNN’s Terry Frieden

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