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As you probably know by now, one of the most horrific mass shootings in U.S. history happened on Friday morning, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Here are the five things you need to know . . .
#1.) On Friday morning, a 20-year-old killed his 52-year-old mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home. (--The shooter was Adam Lanza . . . but we'll just call him "the shooter.")
Then he grabbed three guns registered in her name . . . a semi-automatic rifle and two 9 millimeter handguns . . . and headed to Sandy Hook Elementary School, wearing black fatigues and a bullet-proof military vest.
We do know he attended Newtown High School, but his parents pulled him out because they believed the school wasn't handling his mental issues properly.
#2.) The principal had recently installed a security system where people had to be buzzed in after 9:30 A.M. It's being reported that the shooter got in by shooting his way through then he began firing.
The principal and the school psychologist rushed toward the gunfire, and were killed. Then the shooter focused on two classrooms of kindergartners and first graders, and killed four teachers and 20 children . . . all with multiple shots, all using the rifle.
#3.) As police descended on the school, the shooter killed himself with one of the handguns. Apparently he had a LOT more ammunition ready, so this could've been much, much worse. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.
#4.) This shooting has the second-highest death toll of any school shooting in U.S. history. The Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 had 32 victims. Columbine had 13 deaths . . . HALF as many as this one.
#5.) This shooting marks the end of an absolutely horrific and unthinkable year for mass shootings in the U.S. We suffered 16 mass shootings as a country, with at least 88 deaths.
That includes the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting in Colorado, which claimed 12 lives . . . the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin that claimed six lives . . . and a mall shooting in Oregon just three days before Connecticut that claimed two lives.
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