On This Day…

Sandy Hook School Shooting

December 14, 2012

20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shoots 20 children between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 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 suicide by shooting himself in the head. The shootings occurred over the course of less than five minutes with 156 shots fired – 154 shots from a rifle. Lanza then fired a shot in the hallway from a pistol, then killed himself with another shot from the pistol to his head. This was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. His motive and why he chose this school is still unknown. However, this was not the worst U.S. school massacre. That was the Bath School Massacre bombing in 1927.