Initial reports confuse Conn. gunman's identity

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by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 14 at 6:12 PM

There was a great deal of confusion surrounding the shooter’s identity in a Connecticut massacre Friday.

Initial reports labeled 24-year-old Ryan Lanza as the suspect. Later in the afternoon, authorities confirmed his younger brother, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, to be the shooter.

Police say Adam Lanza entered the school where his mother taught and opened fire. Twenty-six people died, including the school principal and 20 children. A twenty-seventh victim, his mother Nancy Lanza, was found dead in her home after the mass shooting. An Associated Press source said he killed his mother first, then went on the rampage. Most of the shooting happened in two classes at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Investigators are still piecing together a motive. Ryan Lanza was taken into police custody for questioning near his home in Hoboken, New Jersey. Other news outlets report law enforcement mistakenly transposed the brothers’ names originally.

The Associated Press reports Adam Lanza died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the mass shooting.

Police say two handguns, a Glock 9 mm pistol and a Sig Sauer pistol, were found near his body. Investigators retrieved a Bushmaster assault rifle from his vehicle near the school.

Sources say the guns were legally purchased.

Police say the gunman’s older brother is cooperating with this investigation. Ryan told them Adam was either Autistic or had some sort of personality disorder.

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