reports that according to the state's chief medical examiner Dr Wayne Carver, in a press briefing, the weapon used in the attack was an assault rifle. He said all the victims died of gunshot wounds.
Police denied earlier reports
that the gunman's mother Nancy Lanza, was a kindergarten teacher at the Sandy Hook School. According to The Washington Post
, the latest narrative from the police suggests she may have been unemployed.
also reports that Connecticut state police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance, denied earlier reports
that the gunman had been involved in an altercation with staff members at the school the day before the shooting. "There are no reports filed of any altercation at the school involving the individual. We have not officially identified him at this time, and we cannot discuss any facts and circumstances of the deceased."
According to The Washington Post
, the latest narrative contradicts earlier reports
that appear to supply possible motives for the shooting. It makes the story of the Newtown massacre even more baffling. It remains a mystery why the young man killed his mother and drove five miles to a school where he was a stranger with no obvious connections, forced his way in and sprayed a classroom full of children with bullets using "a weapon designed to kill across a battlefield."
The latest narrative also makes the medical examiner's report about the shooting even more disturbing. According to the state's medical examiner, Lanza fired a semiautomatic rifle inside the classroom. The Washington Post
reports that Carver, said: “ I've been at this for a third of a century. And my sensibilities may not be the average man’s. But this probably is the worst I have seen." He said that he performed seven autopsies himself and that each child sustained injuries from two to 11 bullets. According to The Washington Post
, when a reporter asked what the children had been wearing, he said: “They’re wearing cute kid stuff. I mean, they’re first-graders.”
Father of a victim speaks
According to The Guardian
, Robbie Parker, the father of six-year-old Emilie, who died in the shooting, spoke to the media.
While grieving for his daughter, he expressed support for the family of the gunman, saying he was "not mad." Parker, 30, who works at Danbury Hospital, where two children in the shooting died, said: "It is a horrific tragedy and I want everyone to know that our hearts and prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I cannot imagine how hard this experience is for you. Our love and support goes out to you as well."
He described his daughter as "beautiful, blond, always smiling." He added: "She was the type of person that could just light up a room. She always had something kind to say about anybody." He said she always carried around marker pens, drawing cards and pictures for people. He said: "She is an incredible person and I'm so blessed to be her dad."
Full list of names of victims released
The Huffington Post
reports that on Saturday, the Connecticut State Police released the full list of the names of the 26 victims. The list included 12 girls, eight boys and six adult women.
The following is the list of the victims
, excluding the gunman and his mother
Charlotte Bacon, age 6
Daniel Barden, age 7
Olivia Engel, age 6
Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana M Marquez-Greene, age 6
Dylan Hockley, age 6
Madeleine F Hsu, age 6
Catherine V Hubbard, age 6
Chase Kowalski , age 7
Jesse Lewis, age 6
James Mattioli, age 6
Grace McDonnell, age 7
Emilie Parker, age 6
Jack Pinto, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6
Caroline Previdi, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6
Avielle Richman, age 6
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
Allison N Wyatt, age 6
Rachel Davino, age 29
Dawn Hochsprung, age 47
Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Lauren Rousseau, age 30
Mary Sherlach, age 56
Victoria Soto, age 27