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December 14, 2012, 12:57 am


CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-PRINCIPAL

Principal among victims in Conn. shooting rampage

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials are identifying the principal as one of the victims in the Connecticut elementary school rampage.

Gerald Stomski is the first selectman of Woodbury, Conn. He says police told him that Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung was among the 26 people the gunman shot to death at the school Friday.

He says she was a principal in Woodbury until a few years ago. He says residents were mourning her death.

Stomski says she had "an extremely likable style."

Hochsprung had been principal at Sandy Hook Elementary since 2010. Hochsprung had frequently tweeted photos from her job and wrote upbeat tweets about what was going on at the school.

More hauntingly, several publications report she wrote a letter before the school year outlining new safety measures including locked doors during school hours.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-GUNS

Source: Some of shooter's guns may have been mom's

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says some guns owned by the mother of the gunman in the Connecticut elementary school rampage match the models of the guns used in the shooting.

The official cautions that investigators haven't conclusively linked the guns used in the rampage to the ones the woman owned.

The official says state police records show the woman had legally purchased five firearms and all were registered in Connecticut. Authorities are still trying to account for all the guns.

The official was not authorized to speak to reporters about the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the woman's 20-year-old son killed her Friday, then opened fire inside the school in Newtown, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, then killed himself.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING

UPDATE: Conn. police: 27 killed in school shooting, including gunman and 20 kids; 1 dead at 2nd scene

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Police aren't say what may have motivated a man to open fire inside two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school Friday, but a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation says the gunman was believed to suffer from a personality disorder

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed in the shooting rampage before the gunman shot and killed himself. Police say another adult was found dead at a second location.

A law enforcement official has identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. The official says Lanza killed his mother at their home before driving his mother's car to the school.

There are questions as to whether the shooter's mother was ever employed at Sandy Hook Elementary. At least one parent says Adam Lanza's mother was a substitute teacher there, but her name doesn't appear on a staff list. And a law enforcement official say investigators are unable to establish any connection so far between her and the school.

Students and their parents describe teachers locking doors and ordering the children to huddle in classroom corners or hide in closets as shots echoed through the building. Authorities said the shootings took place in two nearby classrooms, but they gave no details on exactly how they unfolded.

US SCHOOL SHOOTING-WORLD VIEW

NEW: Sympathy for US school shooting stretches globe

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders of two of the closest longtime allies of the United States have been quick to express sympathy over a shooting rampage that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement Saturday that her country shares America's shock at what she called "this senseless and incomprehensible act of evil."

She said that Australians, as parents as well as friends of the American people, mourned the loss of young children and teachers who were murdered in a place of learning.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was "shocked and deeply saddened" to hear of the shootings and that he found it "heartbreaking" to think of those who lost such young children.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-VIGIL

Hundreds pack Conn. church for vigil after rampage

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of people packed a church and spilled outside in Connecticut to remember the victims of a shooting that killed 26 people at an elementary school.

With the church filled to capacity, hundreds of people stood outside Friday night at the St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown, some of them holding hands in circles and saying prayers. Others lit candles and sang "Silent Night."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is among the speakers.

Anthony Bloss, whose three daughters survived the shooting, says they heard gunshots but they are not talking much about the shooting. He says he feels completely numb.

Tracy Hoekenga says she wanted to come to the vigil because she is struggling with many emotions. Her two boys survived the shooting.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-WITNESSES

UPDATE: Children describe terror as shooter kills 26

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Schoolchildren and their parents say teachers locked doors and ordered the children to huddle in the corner or hide in closets as a gunman went on a shooting rampage at Connecticut elementary school.

Shots rang through the building, as the gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.

One man says his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. He says his son "grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door."

The father of one 7-year-old says the boy heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." A teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door, and had the kids huddle in the corner until police arrived.

A teenager who rushed to the school to check on his sister, after hearing the gunfire from his nearby home, says the 9-year-old girl had heard a scream come over the intercom at one point.

As they left the school, the children -- some crying, others looking frightened -- were told by police to close their eyes, so they wouldn't see the carnage around them.

OBAMA-CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING

UPDATE: Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a father, President Barack Obama says, he's grieving for the victims of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut.

His remarks to the nation from the White House were emotional ones, as Obama wiped his eyes and had to pause for several seconds to keep his composure.

He said, "Our hearts are broken today." Obama said the victims were "beautiful, little kids" who "had their entire lives ahead of them" -- and he recited future milestones lost: "birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Obama called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, but he did not say what that action should be. He ordered U.S. flags be flown at half-staff through Tuesday.

As he spoke, two senior aides standing nearby cried and held hands.

Obama, who began his comments with no greeting, ended them with words of Scripture, and walked away in silence.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-WRONG BROTHER

Brother of Conn. gunman wrongly cited as shooter

Not long after Friday's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, media outlets began reporting the gunman's identity as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, N.J.

His name and image quickly spread worldwide as the perpetrator of the nation's second-deadliest school shooting. Facebook and Twitter lit up as people vented their fury at the man they believed was responsible.

In reality, Lanza was at work in New York City when the gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., some 60 miles away. A law enforcement official later identified his 20-year-old brother, Adam Lanza, as the culprit.

Ryan Lanza was interviewed by investigators but is not believed to have any connection to the killings.

SPECIAL SESSION-NIKE

Oregon approves tax deal for Nike expansion

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Legislature has approved a tax deal requested by Nike Inc.

The House and Senate voted Friday to allow the governor to promise the world's largest athletic shoe company that its tax structure won't change if it hires hundreds of new workers in Oregon.

Gov. John Kitzhaber called for emergency legislation to prevent Beaverton-based Nike from making a major expansion in another state.

Critics questioned the timing and purpose of the legislation.

The governor wants to freeze the current method for calculating the Oregon tax bill for Nike or any other company that agrees to invest $150 million and create at least 500 new jobs.

ANGELS-HAMILTON

Angels plan news conference for Hamilton deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have scheduled a news conference for Saturday to announce the signing of free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.

The team sent out a news release Friday saying it plans to make a major announcement Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PST at the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney.

Hamilton agreed Thursday to a $125 million, five-year contract with the free-spending Angels, and the sides were working to finalize the deal. The 2010 AL MVP is leaving the AL West rival Texas Rangers, making him the latest high-profile star to migrate to Southern California.

Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs last season and batted .285 with 128 RBIs in 148 games.

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