By: Sheila Manalac, News Editor
Terror and fear broke out in the upper middle class town of Newtown, Connecticut when a 20-year old gun man open fired and killed 20 children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary school last Friday.
The killer known as Adam Lanza, reportedly killed his mother in their home in the morning before heading out to the school and went on a killing spree before taking out his own life, bringing the total death toll to 28.
The children between the ages of 5-10 were having their regular morning classes when Lanza broke through the locked front door and reportedly used hand guns–a glock, sig sauer and a Bushmaster were found on the scene. These weapons were said to have been legally acquired by the killer’s mother, Nancy.
Lanza, who reportedly suffered from mental illness, killed his mother and drove to the school using his mother’s car and hand guns to murder the school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, 47, the school psychologist, four faculty members and 20 children before taking his own life.
The PA system was turned on shortly after the killing started, prompting teachers to rush their students to safety. One teacher had to fit her students in a storage room, with one on top of the other, and told her them to “remain quiet.”
After receiving a 911 distress call, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said that police searched “every nook and cranny” of the elementary school. Parents of the students were contacted through automated telephone messages and were asked to come to a community fire station as police brought out the surviving children.
One by one, children came out and rushed to their parents, and when the school was cleared out, the police had to break the news to the remaining parents that their children were dead.
“Evil visited this community today,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday evening. “It’s too early to speak of recovery,” he said in a press conference.
It was the deadliest school shooting since 32 were murdered in the 2007 Virginia Tech rampage, as stated in a report by the LA Times.
Newtown had reportedly endured only one homicide in the past 10 years, making this hard for the community to deal with, especially during this Christmas season.
Since guns were made to kill, this is how one man decided to use this man-made weapon to his disposal.