The victims of the US school shooting were shot multiple times by semiautomatic rifle, the medical examiner said on Saturday, and he called the injuries “devastating”.
On Friday morning, Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home, drove to the school in her car and shot up two classrooms, law enforcement officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Police began releasing the identities of the 26 dead to a grieving community that had come to dread the coming Christmas holiday. All of the 20 children killed were 6 or 7 years old.
Townspeople took down Christmas decorations and sang Silent Night at memorials.
In Newtown, a small and picturesque New England community about 95 kilometers northeast of New York City, nearly everyone seemed to know someone who died. Investigators said they believe Adam Lanza attended the school many years ago, but they had no explanation for why he went there on Friday.
Connecticut state police Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters on Saturday that investigators had found “very good evidence” about the gunman, but another law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that investigators had found no note or manifesto of the sort they have come to expect after murderous rampages.
Lanza was believed to have suffered from a personality disorder, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Lanza had attended Newtown High School, and several news clippings from recent years mention his name among the honor roll students.
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