At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Saturday a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. The bodies of those killed were transported to the office of the state medical examiner for post-mortem examinations.
The shooter was identified by law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Authorities are investigating possible motives, but many unanswered questions remain. Lanza killed his mother at her Newtown home before going to the school where he primarily targeted two classrooms of kindergartners and first-graders. Within minutes, Lanza killed 26 people.
Three weapons, a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle, and two pistols were found with found in a car in the school parking lot and on suspected gunman Lanza’s body, respectively. The weapons were legally purchased by Lanza’s mother.
This shooting is considered to be the second deadliest shooting in U.S. history.