Sandy Hook Massacre: The Slaughter of the Innocent

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20 children and six adults were slaughtered, Friday, when a lone gunman fought his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, armed with enough ammunition to murder every student in this small New York City suburb.

27 victims, six adult females in addition to the 20, six and seven year-old, children were systematically executed some shot up to eleven times by a twenty year-old loner, armed with three semi automatic weapons, dressed in black fatigues, and prepared for mass casualty.

Authorities indicated the primary weapon used was a 100 round special magazine fed .223 Bushmaster Semi-automatic and the shooter was also armed with a Glock Pistol and Sig Sauer Pistol, both automatic and magazine fed.

It is still unknown the person responsible for turning on the in school’s public address system which set in motion a quick response by local law enforcement, who arrived on the scene in less one minute after the first encounter, as well as giving quick thinking teachers the time to take security and life saving protective measures.

From all accounts school principal, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung and school psychologist, Mary Sherlach were the first to encounter the heavily armed shooter. Both lunged and momentarily struggled in an effort to protect the children. They were both slaughtered.

In the 24 hours since the shooting, act of heroism are being told by surviving children who indicated teacher Victoria Soto, hide her students in cabinets and closets and told the gunman the students were in the gymnasium. She was murdered and saved the lives of every student in her class.

Parents of the deceased where not allowed to enter the scene and held vigil at the local Fire Station which had been designated a safe zone destination by local FBI, SWAT and Connecticut police during the schools evacuation Friday.

In what has become a day of mourning, President Obama addressed the nation, on Friday, from the James S. Brady Press Briefing room stating: “So our hearts are broken today -- for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.” He ended by referring to Biblical scripture “May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”

Those who were slaughtered in the second mass shooting this year are Charlotte Bacon, 6,  female, Daniel Barden, 7, male, Rachel Davino, 29, female, Olivia Engel, 6, female, Josephine Gay, 7, female, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6, female, Dylan Hockley, 6,  male, Dawn Hochsprung, 47, female, Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, female, Catherine V. Hubbard, 6,  female, Chase Kowalski, 7,  male, Jesse Lewis, 6,  male,  James Mattioli , 6, male, Grace McDonnell, 7, female, Anne Marie Murphy, 52, female, Emilie Parker, 6, female,  Jack Pinto, 6, male, Noah Pozner, 6, male, Caroline Previdi, 6, female, Jessica Rekos, 6, female, Avielle Richman, 6, female, Lauren Rousseau, 30, female, Mary Sherlach, 56, female, Victoria Soto, 27, female, Benjamin Wheeler, 6, male, Allison N. Wyatt, 6, female.

In total 27 victims were found as police discovered a secondary crime scene with one additional body that was later identified as, Nancy J. Lanza, the mother of the gun man, Adam Lanza, who committed suicide at the scene.

All three weapons were bought legally and register to the Ms. Lanza, a self described gun enthusiat. Although the 100 round magazine is illegal in Connecticut, it is easy to purchase online and the weapon is the same as was used in Aurora Theater shooting.

In wake of this tragedy the United Way of Western Connecticut has set up a hotline for those who need assistance which can be accessed via this link for those in Connecticut: http://www.211ct.org/Parents/Trauma.asp

Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

Or may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location http://www.nsbonline.com/about-us/locations.aspx
For questions please call 800-461-0672

Sources: Various

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