Gunman forced way into Conn. school; motive unclear

Children and adults all were shot multiple times in swift massacre

  • Locations1
  • The school2
  • The evacuation3
  • Other shootings4
A man opened fire inside the Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

The shooter, identified by the police as Adam Lanza, 20, was first mistakenly identified as his older brother Ryan (24) of Hoboken, N.J., who was being questioned.

According to the Hartford Courant, Lanza's mother body was found in her house in Newtown, less than 5 miles from the school (location on the right of the map).
The school
Adam Lanza allegedly forced his way into the school and shot 20 children aged 6 and 7, and six adults before turning the gun on himself.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Building (Bing Maps)

The evacuation
Children were evacuated to a firehouse about 300 yards north of the school, where family members were led away.
Other shootings
This map shows some of the biggest shootings by number of killings (not including the perpetrators) in the last five years in the United States.

Virginia Tech massacre is included, although it occurred five years and eight months ago.

James Abundis, Chiqui Esteban, Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff