Connecticut school shooting has happened in December 14, 2012. School’s name was Sandy Hook Elementary School. It’s in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s the second deadliest shooting in American history according to formal reports. Biggest shooting was the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. Also 1927 Bath School bombings in Michigan was deadliest. Shooting fired discussions again on gun control in the United States. Newtown was a small town and crime was very rare. But according to school administration, security was upgraded before event. How many people died in Connecticut school shooting in 2012?
Adam Lanza, 20 killed twenty children in this shooting. Also he killed six adult staff members. According to researches, he firstly killed her mother before coming to school and then tried suicide after event.
According to school authority, they upgraded school’s security after some events and they started new policy in November 30, 2012. There was a video monitor of entrance and it was making visual and identification review. Also school authorities were locking the door after 9:30 in morning.
There was a big meeting in school and Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach heard first the gunshots. They run through the voices and faced Lanza. He killed two women there. School therapist Diane Day and lead teacher Natalie Hammond tried to lock the door but Lanza shoot them through the door. Then he killed a substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau. Also he killed most of the students in her class. Only a six-year-old girl played dead and then run away from building in this class.
He then went to first-grade classroom. The classroom’s teacher, Victoria Leigh Soto tried to hide students from him. Victoria Leigh Soto said to Lanza that all students are in auditorium and Lanza go towards there but many students then tried to run away from their hiding place and Lanza shooted them. Also he killed Victoria Leigh Soto while she was trying to keep children safe. Only six students survived from Soto’s class.
Special-needs student’s teacher Anne Marie Murphy tried to save six-year-old Dylan Hockley but Lanza killed them together. Also he killed other special-needs student’s teacher Rachel D’Avino. Lanza’s last victim was six-year-old Noah Pozner. When police came, he noticed and killed himself. Two of the wounded children died in hospital.
In investigation, police found three semi-automatic firearms, a .223-caliber Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle and a 9mm SIG Sauer P226 handgun and a 10mm Glock handgun with Lanza. Also police found an Izhmash Saiga-12 combat shotgun in the Lanza’s car. In the research of home, police found a .45 Henry repeating rifle, a .22 Marlin rifle. And a .30 Enfield rifle in the room of Lanza. According to investigation, all weapons were legally owned by Lanza’s mother because she was gun enthusiast.
Also investigation showed that Lanza removed HDD of his personal computer before shooting and damaged it. Police found that one day before shooting, Lanza and four school members went into an altercation but none of them were at school in the shooting day.
After school shooting, many wrong news are reported into channels and social media. Police reported that most of them are totally wrong. According to police, Lanza had not any criminal record. Lanza was an honors student in school. According to Lanza’s brother, Lanza had personality disorder and he was “somewhat autistic” According to health reports, he’s diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
After shooting, President Barack Obama gave a reaction to shooting. Also he traveled to Newtown and talk to victims’ families. National debate on gun control efforts are still continuing after event.