Norway Condoles with Newtown School Shooting Victims

Jens Stoltenberg said in his short message that his thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones in the horrible shooting in Connecticut.

About the Shooting

Yesterday, Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut, and then killed himself. The school shooting occurred after he shot and killed his mother, a volunteer at the school, at their nearby Newtown home. It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

The gunman wore black military-style gear, including a bullet-proof vest and a mask. The shooting took place within a few minutes, during which time witnesses said the shooter did not say a word. He committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities recovered two 9mm handguns from the scene: one a Glock, and the other a SIG Sauer. The guns were owned by and legally registered to the gunman’s mother. Neither handgun would have been legal for the gunman to obtain or possess in Connecticut at the time of the incident, as he was under 21 years of age.

The kindergarten classroom where the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, age 54, worked as a volunteer teacher’s assistant was the scene of the majority of the deaths. The mother was not at the school at the time of the incident; she had been shot and killed by the shooter before he went to the school.

Police authorities said the gunman was Adam Lanza, age 20, an honors student at Newtown High School. He had no criminal record. He was born in Kingston, New Hampshire, where his parents were married. Adam Lanza lived with his mother. Adam Lanza’s parents had divorced in 2009. During their divorce proceedings, a judge ordered that the parents participate in a “parenting education program.

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