The father of Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza, has spoken out, expressing his shock and disbelief over his son’s actions. Peter Lanza released a statement Saturday (Dec. 17) speaking on the tragedy that cost the lives of 27 victims, including Adam’s own mother, Nancy.
“Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy,” he said. “No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can.”
Both Peter, and Adam’s older brother, Ryan, were questioned by the FBI, but released.
The 20-year-old was said to have been a recluse, living with his mother—who was divorced from Peter— in their more than 3,000 square-foot-home. Authorities revealed that the ammunition used in the mass shooting belonged to Nancy, who had taken on shooting as a hobby, and sought to interest both of her sons.
Nancy’s family released a separate statement on the shooting. “The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and a nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.”
20 children, all ages 6 and 7 were shot dead, as Lanza made his way to different classrooms shooting everyone in sight, before turning the gun on himself. It is believed that he shot himself in the head after hearing fast approaching police sirens.
All of the victims, whose bodies were left at the location overnight, have been identified in order to bring some form of closure to the families, some of whom have begun to make funeral arrangements.
During an address in Newtown last night, President Obama said the massacre proves that America is “not doing enough” to protect its children.
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