Adam Lanza is Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter, Parent Found Dead in Home

Adam Lanza, 20, of Connecticut has been identified by police as the perpetrator of one of the deadliest school shootings ever at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning.

There was initial confusion as to the identify of the shooter. A law enforcement official mistakenly identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam. Ryan Lanza is being questioned by authorities.

Officials said 27 people were dead, including 18 children and Nancy Lanza, the mother of the suspect.

Adam Lanza was reportedly wearing dark clothing, a mask, a bullet-proof vest, and carrying three guns in the morning rampage. The manner of his death is pending, police said.

NBC News is reporting that a parent of Lanza, persumably his father, was found dead inside a home in New Jersey Friday morning.

Initially, media outlets dug up the Facebook profile of a Ryan Lanza who is from Newtown, Connecticut and circulated his photo as the suspect. It lead to this exchange on Twitter.


President Obama addressed the nation at 3:15 p.m. on Friday. He has reportedly been receiving updates throughout the day from Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan. The White House found out about the shootings at 10:30 a.m., said White House spokesman Jay Carney - an hour after after the tragedy began unfolding.

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Michael McCutcheon

Michael was formerly special projects editor at Mic. Prior to that, he worked at the Open Society Foundations on electoral reform. A native Seattleite, he's still mad about the SuperSonics.

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