Sandy Hook School Shooting

A shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 26 dead, including 20 children. It is the second deadliest school shooting in the nation's history. The gunman killed his mother at their home before heading to the school.

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Kerry O'Mahony, of Danbury, Conn., brings a bouquet of flowers to a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims down the street from the school's entrance, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Newtown has begun returning its students to their classrooms for the first time since last week's massacre and continues the agonizing task of laying others to rest, as this grief-stricken town wrestles with the same questions gripping the country about violence, gun control and finding a way forward. Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for shooting victims near Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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People embrace on December 14, 2012 in the aftermath of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school that left 26 people dead, including 20 children and the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. The gunman also allegedly killed his mother, who was found dead at her home. Click to see more photos from the aftermath.
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President Barack Obama had strong, stern words for the country Dec16, 2012 at an interfaith vigil for the victims and their families. Obama said that the nation isn't doing enough to protect children and that "we will have to change." The president met privately before the vigil with families of the victims and with emergency personnel who responded to the shootings.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Caring for our children; it's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right," Obama said in front of about 1,000 people in the Newtown High School auditorium on Dec 16, 2012.
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Inside the auditorium are a large number of elementary school-age children with their parents. Some of the children were seen squeezing stuffed animals given out by the American Red Cross.
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A woman chats with a girl before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to speak at a memorial servic on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Obama arrived in Newtown, Connecticut, two days after the tragedy and as authorities were still trying to piece together a motive for the second-deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
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Lt. J. Paul Vance, left, of the Connecticut State Police listens as Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II, M.D. speaks to reporters during a news conference, in Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. The victims of the shooting were shot multiple times by semiautomatic rifle, the medical examiner said.
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Kristin Hoyt, 18, of Danbury, Conn., ties a balloon to an overpass up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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From left, Jean Bradley, Steven Turchetta, 9, Jean's son Matthew Bradley, 9, Ashton Baltes, 10, and his mother Elonda Baltes pay their respects at a memorial for shooting victims near Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for shooting victims near Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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A mother and daughter attend a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church.
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Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police conducts a news briefing.
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People worship at a prayer service to reflect on the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a church.
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Sandy Hook firefighters hang bunting on their firetruck on Saturday.
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Gary Seri, general manager at the Stone River Grille, prepares to hang a message written on a table cloth in honor of the teachers who died along with students a day earlier when a gunman open fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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A sign in support of the victim's families is posted outside a house near Sandy Hook Elementary school.
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A U.S. flag flies at half-staff as vehicles drive on Main Street in downtown Newtown, Conn., as the sun rises the morning after a gunman opened fire inside a nearby elementary school, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
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Police stand guard at the entrance to the Sandy School on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
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A flag hanging in the business area of town waits for victim's names.
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Cynthia Alvarez is comforted by her mother Lilia as people gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church.
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The 1048th Army National Guard unit out of Stratford is sending its condolences to families affected by the tragedy in Newtown.
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People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church.
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People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church.
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Daniel Barden, 7, wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up and hundreds of firefighters traveled to line the entryway at his funeral on Wednesday.
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A couple attend a prayer service at a local coffee shop.
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Mourners gather at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.
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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks to mourners gathered inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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This July 2010 photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. She was one of the six adults killed during the shooting.
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A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.
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People leave the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire House in tears after a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.
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White balloons decorate the sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a Connecticut State Trooper stands guard at the school's entrance on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
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People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church.
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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church.
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Next to his wife wife Fabiola Cordova, left, Chris Homan of Bethesda, Md., holds his son Leo, 2, on his shoulders while attending a candlelight vigil in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, after a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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Brenda Hernadez of Enfield Conn.,comforts her daughter Crystal at a makeshift shrine.
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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.
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People attend a prayer service at a local coffee shop after the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.
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People hug outside of the Newtown United Methodist Church, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza, opened fire in the Sandy Hook School in Newton. Lanza also reportedly died at the scene.
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The American flag flies at half-staff following a mass shooting at nearby Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.
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Across the street from the elementary school in Sandy Hook, Conn. neighbors hoisted an American flag and created a make-shift prayer for the deceased inside the school late Friday Dec. 14, 2012.
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Lt. J. Paul Vance briefs the media about the elementary school shooting.
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Julie Henson of San Francisco joins a crowd of people outside the White House to participate in a candlelight vigil to remember the victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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Supporters of gun control gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during a vigil and call on President Obama to pass strong gun control laws.
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American flags surrounding the Washington Monument in Washington are lowered to half-staff in a mark of respect for the victims.
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Earlier in the day, a visibly emotional President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Brady Briefing Room. "Our hearts are broken," said the president in response to the shooting.
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Heavily armed state troopers leaving the Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.
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Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman brief the media on the elementary school shootings during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park.
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A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, surpassed only by the 32 killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.
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Nuns cross the street near the firehouse where they met family members Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.
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People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family near the scene of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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A woman holds a child as people line up to enter the Newtown Methodist Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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A young girl is comforted following the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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A mother runs with her children as police surround homes in the area near the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Law enforcement canvassed the area near Sandy Hook Elementary.
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Police guard the entrance of Danbury Hospital where several patients from the Newtown school shooting were taken.
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A mother hugs her daughter following the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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Ambulances leave an area near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, talks with officials at a staging area following the tragic shooting.
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Law enforcement canvassed an area following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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Connecticut State Police walk on Dickson Street from the Newtown crime scene.
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State Police were also on the scene, following the shooting.
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This satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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Law enforcement canvass the area surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary.
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A man and woman leave the designated staging area for family members near the elementary school's campus.
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A man reacts following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children at Sandy Hook Elementary, hours after the shooting.
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White House press secretary Jay Carney expressed "enormous sympathy for families that are affected," adding that there will be "a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don't think today is that day."
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Members of the media converge in front of an apartment at 1313 Grand Street, believed to be connected to the Connecticut elementary school shooting, on Dec.14, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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A scene from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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A scene from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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A scene from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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Heavily armed police officers checked a shed (right-front) behind Sandy Hook Elementary School in search of suspects.
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A scene from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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Police blocked off roads behind Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday.
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A chaotic scene outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a mass shooting Friday.
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