The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicideby shooting himself in the head.
The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.
The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, including proposals for making thebackground-check system universal, and for new federal and state legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition.
A November 2013 report issued by the Connecticut State Attorney’s office concluded that Lanza acted alone and planned his actions, but no evidence collected provided any indication as to why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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|Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting|
Police arrive in front of the elementary school after the shooting.
|Location||Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Date||December 14, 2012
c. 9:35 am – c. 9:40 am EST (UTC−05:00)
|Target||Students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School|
|School shooting, murder–suicide, matricide, spree shooting|
|Deaths||28 total; 27 at the school (including perpetrator) and perpetrator’s mother|
|Perpetrator||Adam Peter Lanza|
|Defender||Victoria Leigh Soto, Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel D’Avino, Anne Marie Murphy (all received Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously)|