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Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut

Adults escort young children through a parking lot after reports of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Photo credit: Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks)

UPDATES:

3:10 p.m. Obama issues presidential proclamation ordering all flags be flown at half-staff until Dec. 18.

2:57 p.m. AP reports shooting suspect’s younger brother is being held by police.

2:53 p.m. NBC News reports second family member of gunman found shot in Newtown, Conn. home, not in Hoboken, N.J. as previously reported.

2:47 p.m. President Barack Obama to speak at 3:15 p.m.

2:43 p.m. Police identify gunman as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza.

2:31 p.m. NBC News reports alleged shooter’s mother was a teacher at the elementary school and was among the dead.

2:20 p.m. CNN reports suspected shooter’s name is Ryan Lanza.

2:16 p.m. NBC News reports alleged shooter’s parent found dead in New Jersey home.

2:09 p.m. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “Gun violence has been epidemic in this country.”

2:00 p.m. White House: Today is not the day to talk about gun control.

1:58 p.m. CBS News: Body found at home connected to shooter.

1:47 p.m. Student describes terrifying experience inside school: “I heard…seven loud booms…so we all huddled.”

1:44 p.m. Connecticut police confirmed there were “several fatalities at the scene,” including students and staff, but did not provide an exact number. The scene is secure and search warrants are currently being executed.

1:37 p.m. NBC News reports a second person is in custody in connection with the shooting.

1:29 p.m. AP reports the suspect was a “20-year-old man with ties to the school,” law enforcement official says.

The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings.

1:18 p.m. CNN reports principal, school psychologist killed.

12:56 p.m. Fox News reports shooter was wearing a military vest.

12:54 p.m. Associated Press reports 27 dead, including 18 children.

12:44 p.m. CBS News reports at least 27 dead.

12:36 p.m. The Hartford Courant reports at least 20 people have been shot, multiple dead.

12:32 p.m. ABC News reports at least 12 dead.

11:49 a.m. The Hartford Courant is reporting there are multiple fatalities, including children, at an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The exact number of deaths is unknown.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 26 people, including 18 children, and forcing students to cower in classrooms and then flee with the help of teachers and police.

The death toll was given to The Associated Press by an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

The shooting appeared to be the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

Parents flooded to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children in the wake of the shooting. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut

Photo: Hartford Courant

A photo taken by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students – some crying, others looking visibly frightened – being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.

Students and staff were among the victims, state police Lt. Paul Vance said a brief news conference. He also said the gunman was dead inside the school, but he refused to say how people were killed.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.

A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that police were searching a location in New Jersey in connection with the shootings. That official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut

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Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher.

“That’s when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door,” he said. “He was very brave. He waited for his friends.”

He said the shooter didn’t say a word.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.

“It’s alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries.

Mergim Bajraliu, 17, heard the gunshots echo from his home and raced to check on his 9-year-old sister at the school. He said his sister, who was fine, heard a scream come over the intercom at one point. He said teachers were shaking and crying as they came out of the building.

“Everyone was just traumatized,” he said.

Richard Wilford’s 7-year-old son, Richie, is in the second grade at the school. His son told him that he heard a noise that “sounded like what he described as cans falling.”

The boy told him a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived.

“There’s no words,” Wilford said. “It’s sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him.”

Melissa Makris, 43, said her 10-year-old son, Philip, was in the school gym.

“He said he heard a lot of loud noises and then screaming. Then the gym teachers immediately gathered the children in a corner and kept them safe in a corner,” Makris said.

The fourth-grader told his mother that the students stayed huddled until police came in the gym. He also told her that he saw what looked like a body under a blanket as he fled the school.

“He said the policeman came in and helped them get out of the building and told them to run,” Makris said. “And they ran to the firehouse.”

The White House said Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and his spokesman Jay Carney said the president had “enormous sympathy for families that are affected.”

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GIRL DESCRIBES TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE INSIDE CT SCHOOL: ‘I HEARD…7 LOUD BOOMS…SO WE ALL HUDDLED’

Details surrounding the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are still unfolding. With reports that dozens of people are dead — mainly children — authorities are working diligently to comprehend what unfolded.

With accounts of what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary are just starting to trickle out, MSNBC played video of one young girl sharing her terrifying experience inside of the school:

“I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms — and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner so we all huddled. and I kept hearing these booming noises and we all — well we didn’t scream. We started crying, so all the gym teachers told us to go in the office where no one could find us. So, then a police officer came in and told us to run outside, so we did and we came in the fire house and waited for our parents.”

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THERE ARE NO WORDS: THE TRAGEDY IN PHOTOS

Richard Wilford, the father of a 7-year-old in second grade who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School where the tragic shooting of 26 people, 18 of whom were children, said “there’s no words” to describe what happened in Newtown, Conn., Friday morning.

“It’s sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger…,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

The photos coming in from the scene certainly express this one father’s sentiments:

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

  • Jessica Hill/APA woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country’s history.
  • Shannon Hicks/APIn this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
  • Jessica Hill/APParents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country’s history.
  • Douglas Healey/Getty ImagesNEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: A woman holds a child as people line up to enter the Newtown Methodist Church near the the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are about 27 dead, 18 children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed.
  • Jessica Hill/APA mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.
  • Jessica Hill/APParents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country’s history.
  • Jessica Hill/APGov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, talks with officials at a staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.
  • Douglas Healey/Getty ImagesNEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk on Dickson Street from the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are more than 20 dead, most children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed.
  • Douglas Healey/Getty ImagesNEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk on Dickson Street from the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are about 27 dead, 18 children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed.
  • Douglas Healey/Getty ImagesNEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are more than 20 dead, most children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed.
  • Jessica Hill/APState Police are on scene following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.
  • Douglas Healey/Getty ImagesNEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are more than 20 dead, most children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed.
  • AP/APThis satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A shooting at the school Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded.

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COLUMBINE VICTIM’S MOM TELLS MEGYN KELLY ABOUT ‘TRAUMA’ & ‘LOSS’ FOLLOWING SHOOTING: ‘RIGHT NOW, THESE PARENTS CAN’T IMAGINE HOPE’

Beth Nimmo knows tragedy well. Her daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. This afternoon, she appeared on “America Live,” where she told anchor Megyn Kelly about the emotions she’s feeling in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. She also attempted to help the public understand what survivors and victims’ families are going through.

“My first reaction was — extremely angry. So angry that a man would kill babies — these are babies,” Nimmo said, her emotions clearly showing through. “And — as far as the parents go, they’re not going to know what hit them for a long, long time.”

As for her own experience, the mother, whose son, Craig, survived the Columbine tragedy, shared her path from grief to renewal.

“It was like there were times where it was very real and other times when it was surreal,” Nimmo said of the days and months following the murderous rampage.

As for today’s shooting in Connecticut, she feels deeply for the families and the pain she knows they are feeling.

“My heart’s racing and I just feel like these parents — they’re going to hurt so bad for so long — and there’s not much you can do to console someone like this,” Nimmo lamented, nothing, though, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Kelly asked the mother if, indeed, she found happiness again in her life. While it took quite a long time, Nimmo said that life did eventually improve.

“You know what, we did, but it came much, much later,” Nimmo responded. “There does come a day when you don’t cry all day long — there does come a day when the fear of pain and loss isn’t so evident and is not so penetrating…so right in your face.”

She said that her heart breaks for the children and families, alike. There are no shortcuts when it comes to recovery and going through the grieving process, Nimmo added.

“Right now, these parents can’t imagine hope. All they understand is the trauma and loss,” she told Kelly.

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AFRAID SHE WAS ‘LOSING’ HIM: SLAIN MOTHER OF CT SHOOTER REPORTEDLY SAID SON WAS ‘GETTING WORSE’ LAST WEEK

Mother Nancy Lanza Feared Son Adam Was Getting Worse Before Connecticut School Shooting

In this handout image provided by ABC News, shows Nancy J. Lanza mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza at an unspecified time and place. (Photo: Getty Images)

Roughly one week before her son went on a deadly shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Nancy Lanza reportedly told a friend that she feared her always-eccentric son was “getting worse.”

The New York Daily News relates:

A drinking buddy of Lanza told The Daily News that her son Adam had long been troubled and rarely came up in conversation.

“She just looked down at the glass and said, ‘I don’t know. I’m worried I’m losing him,’” said the bar pal, who did not wish to be named, of the ominous conversation at the bar My Place in Newtown, Conn.

“She said it was getting worse. She was having trouble reaching him.”

Nancy Lanza was the first person killed in the attack that claimed 26 other lives at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Officials say she was shot four times in the head, and was discovered in her bed wearing pajamas.

Prior reports indicate that the gunman, Adam Lanza, had a difficult time feeling both emotional and physical pain.  Within the past year, he had apparently taken to burning himself repeatedly.

The New York Daily News continues:

“Nancy told me he was burning himself with a lighter. In the ankles or arms or something,” [the friend] recalled of a conversation they had about a year ago. “It was like he was trying to feel something.”

“It was weird. She never really talked about (Adam),” he said. “She mainly talked about her oldest kid (Ryan). I knew about the other one but she never spoke much about him.

“She looked disturbed. She was looking down at her glass and kind of talking slowly,” he added [of their conversation last week].

Nancy’s morose disposition could not have been more out of character.

“You have to know Nancy to know how weird that was,” he said. “She was just always so full of life.”

As she lamented her son’s deteriorating mental state, the drinking buddy took a phone call. When he started chatting with her again, the subject had changed and Nancy was acting her normal, happy self.

The anonymous pal remembered Nancy as a die-hard Red Sox fan who had season tickets to Fenway Park. She “was a country girl” who loved to hunt with a falcon that would scare game she’d blast out of the sky.

When the friend asked Nancy whether she had sought help for her troubled son, she reportedly said yes.

WTIC has the latest on how the victims’ families are recovering, and how the city is coping.

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‘ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD’: HARROWING STORY OF 6-YEAR-OLD WHO SURVIVED SANDY HOOK SHOOTING

Pastor Tells Story of How 6 Year Old Survived Sandy Hook Shooting by Playing Dead

ABC News has the terrifying story of an unnamed six-year-old girl who survived Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary by “playing dead.”

Of the students in her classroom, she was reportedly the only one to survive.

The family pastor, Jim Solomon, told ABC News:

She was the first student who ran out of the Sandy Hooks school, 6 and a half years old.  She ran out of the building, covered in blood from head to toe, and the first words she said to her mom were, ‘Mommy, I’m okay, but all of my friends are dead.’

Somehow, in that moment, by God’s grace was able to act as if she was already deceased…Of those who were left in the classroom of first graders, she was the lone survivor…

She saw someone who she felt was angry, and somebody who she felt was very mad.

When asked how a 6-year-old was able to think in such an unbelievably horrifying situation, the pastor replied: “I think it’s impossible outside of divine intervention.”

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HERE ARE THE LATEST KEY FACTS SURROUNDING THE HORRIFIC CT SCHOOL SHOOTING

(TheBlaze/AP) — Since Friday, a litany of facts have come out surrounding the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As is often the case, the initial details were murky and, as a result, the media originally reported numerous details incorrectly.

It can often be difficult to cut through the chaos that typically accompanies events like what unfolded in Newtown. Considering the plethora of details available, discerning the key facts is important. Below, read what is currently known about the tragic attack that left 28 individuals dead, including 20 children:

THE INVESTIGATION: Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza, was carrying an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of deadly ammunition – enough to kill nearly every student in the school if given enough time, authorities said, raising the specter the bloodbath could have been far worse. Lanza shot himself in the head when he heard police approaching the classroom where he was gunning down helpless children.

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

THE VICTIMS: All the victims at the school were shot multiple times with a high-power rifle, some of them up close. All six adults were women. Of the 20 children, eight were boys and 12 were girls. All the children were 6 or 7 years old.

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

This July 2010 photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. Credit: AP

Among the dead were popular principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, who rushed toward Lanza in an attempt to stop him and paid with their lives; Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher who died while trying to hide her pupils; 30-year-old Lauren Rousseau, a teacher thrilled to have been hired this year, and Ana Marquez-Greene, a 6-year-old girl who had just moved to Newtown from Canada.

THE GUNMAN: Lanza was described as a bright but painfully awkward student who seemed to have no close friends. In high school, he was active in the technology club. The club adviser remembered that he had “some disabilities” and seemed not to feel pain like the other students. That meant Lanza required special supervision when using soldering tools, for instance. He also had an occasional “episode” in which he seemed to withdraw completely from his surroundings, the adviser said.

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

People mourn as they listen to U.S. President Barack Obama give a speech at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. Credit: Getty Images

Authorities said Lanza had no criminal history, and it was unclear whether he had a job.

THE SCENE: Families sought to comfort each other during Sunday church services and vigils devoted to impossible questions like that of a 6-year-old girl who asked her mother: “The little children, are they with the angels?”

Many of Newtown’s 27,000 people wondered whether life could ever return to normal, and, as the workweek was set to begin, parents pondered whether to send their children back to school. Signs around town read, “Hug a teacher today,” “Please pray for Newtown” and “Love will get us through.”

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

People gather at a memorial for victims near the school on the first Sunday following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. U.S. President Barack Obama visited the grief stricken town today. Credit: Getty Images

THE PARENTS: One of the parents who lost a child in the attack spoke publicly about his loss.

Robbie Parker fought back tears and struggled to catch his breath as he described his 6-year-old daughter, Emilie, as a little girl who loved to draw. He also reserved surprisingly kind words for the gunman, saying he was not mad and offering sympathy for the gunman’s family.

To the man’s family, he said, “I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you.”

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

(L to R) Newtown residents Claire Swanson, Ian Fuchs, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht, Simran Chand hold candles at a memorial for victims on the first Sunday following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. U.S. President Barack Obama visited the grief stricken town today. Credit: Getty Images

THE GUNS: Federal authorities visited local gun ranges but found no evidence that the gunman trained for the attack or was an active member of the recreational gun community.

Investigators also have interviewed gun dealers trying to determine whether there was any training or other behavior that precipitated the attack.

Here Are the Key Facts Surrounding the Horrific Newtown Shooting

People pay their respects at a makeshift shrine to the victims of a elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, December 16, 2012. A young gunman slaughtered 20 small children and six teachers on December 14, 2012 after walking into a school in an idyllic Connecticut town wielding at least two sophisticated firearms. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

THE HISTORY: The Newtown massacre is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history and one of the deadliest mass shootings around the world. A gunman at Virginia Tech University killed 33, including himself, in 2007. Only Virginia Tech and the mass killings of 77 in Norway last year had greater death tolls across the world over the past 20 years.

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IS THIS WHAT MADE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SHOOTER ADAM LANZA SNAP?

Sources Say Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Snapped After Mother Nancy Lanza Planned to Hospitalize Him

This undated photo circulated by law enforcement and provided by NBC News, shows Adam Lanza. Credit: AP

On Friday, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. before taking his own life. Ever since, police and the rest of the country have been trying to determine what could have driven the 20-year-old to commit such a horrific act of violence.

FoxNews.com, “citing a lifelong resident of the area who was familiar with the killer’s family and several of the victims’ families,” reports that Lanza may have snapped because his mother was planning to involuntarily commit him to a psychiatric facility.

Lanza took aim at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mom Friday morning because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” Joshua Flashman, who grew up close to where the shooting occurred, told FoxNews.com.

Flashman, 25, is reportedly a U.S. Marine and the son of a pastor at a local church, which many of the families in the area attend.

“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed…Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off,” Flashman added.

It should be noted, all theories at this point are pure speculation. There is no evidence available that shows Nancy Lanza was seeking to involuntarily commit her son. However, police are investigating Lanza’s anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” as a possible motive for the school massacre, according to a senior law enforcement official.

FoxNews.com has the exclusive on this story:

A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza’s anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.

Flashman was told Nancy Lanza had begun filing paperwork to get conservatorship over her troubled son, but that could not be confirmed because a court official told FoxNews.com such records are sealed. The move would have been necessary for her to gain the legal right to commit an adult to a hospital or psychiatric facility against his will. A competency hearing had not yet been held.

Adam Lanza attended the Sandy Hook School as a boy, according to Flashman, who said Nancy Lanza had volunteered there for several years. Two law enforcement sources said they believed Nancy Lanza had been volunteering with kindergartners at the school. Most of Lanza’s victims were first graders sources believe Nancy Lanza may have worked with last year.

Flashman said Nancy Lanza was also good friends with the school’s principal and psychologist—both of whom were killed in the shooting rampage.

“Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this [was the fact that] she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,” Flashman told FoxNews.com. “I could understand how he might perceive that—that his mom loved him less than she loved the kids, loved the school. But she did love him. But he was a troubled kid and she probably just couldn’t take care of him by herself anymore.”

Sources Say Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Snapped After Mother Nancy Lanza Planned to Hospitalize Him

This 2005 photo provided by neighbor Barbara Frey and verified by Richard Novia, shows Adam Lanza. Credit: AP

Sources Say Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Snapped After Mother Nancy Lanza Planned to Hospitalize Him

NEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 18: A sign hangs near a cemetery where shooting victim Jessica Rekos was to be buried on December 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Credit: Getty Images

Nancy Lanza was at her limit in dealing with her son, according to Flashman. The Washington Post reported that the concerned mother thought about moving with her son to Washington state where she found a school that she thought could him Adam.

A number of sources also told FoxNews.ocm that Adam Lanza was suffering from Asperger’s syndrome and other psychological and emotional issues. The mother had reportedly realized she could no longer care for Adam full-time with no help, so she planned to have him involuntarily hospitalized, according to another source. The source did not know if Nancy Lanza had taken any steps towards making that happen.

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