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Update: Gunman forced entry into Newtown school before shootings

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 15, 2012 1:08 PM

(Newtown, Conn.) -- Connecticut State Police say a gunman who massacred 26 children and adults at an elementary school before committing suicide forced his way into the building.

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Lieutenant Paul Vance says the suspect, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was not voluntarily let into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Authorities say Lanza shot his mother yesterday and then drove her car to the school. They say school administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the building.

Town officials report Principal Dawn Hochsprung was killed while lunging at Lanza while trying to overtake him. They say the gunman shot 20 children, six adults, and himself.

Vance says the medical examiner is still working on identifying the victims.

A federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms spokeswoman says investigators have yet to find evidence of whether there was any training or other behavior that precipitated the attack.

She says the agency is tracing multiple guns recovered at the home of Lanza's mother.

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