New Details Emerge On Another Day Of Grief For Connecticut [VIDEO]
New details are emerging about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut as the community and the nation spend another day grieving for the victims of Friday’s shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 27 dead including 20 children.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy revealed on ABC’s This Week this morning that gunman Adam Lanza committed suicide as first responders closed in, raising the specter that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short.
“We surmise that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that, decided to take his own life,” Malloy said.
Malloy offered no possible motive for the shooting and a law enforcement official has said police have found no letters or diaries left behind that could shed light on it
Meanwhile, authorities say the Lanza shot his mother multiple times in the head
A funeral for shooting victims, 6-year-old Noah Pozner, is being planned for Monday. Pozner’s uncle, Alexis Haller, says the funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home in Fairfield, Conn.
Authorities are trying to determine whether students who survived the Connecticut elementary school rampage will be able to return to classes.
Newtown police Lt. George Sinko said at a news conference Sunday that school officials will determine what happens but that he thinks it will be very difficult for the children to return to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.But he says authorities want to keep the children together because the survivors “need to support each other.”
NBC’s Saturday Night Live opened the program with a performance by members of the New York City Children’s Chorus of Silent Night and then shouting out “Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night!'” It was the show’s only reference to the shooting.
The Rolling Stones took a moment to acknowledge the deaths on stage during their concert at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday night. “We just wanted to send our love and condolences to all the people who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Connecticut,” Jagger early on in the concert as the audience applauded. Jagger noted the entire world was feeling the pain of the stunned nation.
The Giants today in Atlanta and the New England Patriots tonight in their home game against Seattle in Foxborough, Massachusetts will honor the victims of the shooting today. The Giants will display “S.H.E.S” for “Sandy Hook Elementary School” as will the Jets tomorrow night in Nashville when they play Tennessee.
The Patriots will light flares for each of the 26 people killed at the school.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people impacted by that tragedy,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said Saturday. “It’s, wow, it’s amazing. … Just a horrific deal that happened there.”
Newtown is located in Connecticut’s Fairfield County and while just 60 miles north of New York and many sports loyalties are divided between New York and Boston teams.
A VISIT FROM THE PRESIDENT
President Obama will travel to Newtown on Sunday night for a memorial service. Obama will visit privately with the victims’ families and with emergency personnel who responded to the shootings before speaking at an interfaith vigil at Newtown High School.
Federal agents today plan to fan out to gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut seeking clues to the life of gunman Adam Lanza.
Ginger Colbrun, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said earlier there was no evidence Lanza was involved in gun clubs or had trained for the shooting. When reached later in the day and asked whether that was still true, she said, “We’re following any and all leads related to this individual and firearms.”
Dean Price, director of the Wooster Mountain State Range — a shooting range in Danbury — said two ATF agents visited the range Friday night and stayed into the early morning looking through thousands of names on sign-in logs.
He said that he had never seen Adam or Nancy Lanza there and that agents told him they did not find their names on the sign-in sheets.
“I DON’T KNOW”
On Saturday, overflow crowds packed St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Richard Scinto, a deacon, gave a homily.
“In the past 48 hours I’ve said the phrase ‘I don’t know’ about 1,000 times,” he said. “That not knowing has got to be the worst part of this whole thing.”
At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 54-year-old Donna Denner, an art teacher at an elementary school in nearby Danbury whose classroom was locked down after the shooting, said she feels the same way she did after 9/11 but isn’t sure the rest of the country does.
“I don’t know if the rest of the country is struggling to understand it the same way we are here,” she said. “Life goes on, but you’re not the same. Is the rest of the country — are they going about their regular activities? Is it just another news story to them?”
STORIES OF HEROISM
Stories of heroism are emerging from the shooting.
School psychologist Mary Sherlach and principal Dawn Hochsprung ran toward gunman Adam Lanza after he broke through the school door. Officials say Hochsprung died while lunging at the gunman. Sherlach also died.
The South Jersey Times reports Sherlach was a year away from retirement and had family in Gloucester County. Sherlach’s daughter, Maura Schwartz is choir director at t Salem High School and lives in Deptford.
Another worker turned on the school intercom, alerting others in the building. A custodian ran through the halls warning of danger. A clerk led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety in a storage room with a lock.
And a cousin of teacher Victoria Soto tells ABC News that 27-year-old died trying to shield children from bullets.