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- 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
- Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
- Law enforcement officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home before going to the school
President Barack Obama made a tearful statement following the shooting..
Nancy Lanza’s brother James Champion, a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, didn’t deliver a statement as expected.
Sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, delivered a statement on the Champion family’s behalf:
“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss: their families, teachers, staff and the students of Sandy Brook Elementary school, the first responders, and to all others touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.
“The family requests that you respect their privacy during his time of anguish and loss.”
Dan Holmes, Lanza's mother's former landscaper, told reporters that she was a gun enthusiast who took her sons to the shooting range.
"She took her two sons to the gun ranges quite a bit to practice their aim. She was a really great shot from what she told me. Whenever I finished work and went inside to chit chat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection and she was really quite proud of it."
CNN is reporting that the shooter, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a gun on Tuesday at a nearby Dick's Sporting Goods, but was unsuccessful. According to CNN's source, all three guns used in the attack belonged to his mother.