March 28th, 2013
09:01 PM ET

Conn. Police: Lanza's mother gave him money to buy firearm

Newly-released evidence in the Newtown massacre shows that Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy, gave him a holiday card with a check - earmarked specifically to buy a gun, according to police.

Lanza used his mother's guns to kill her, then shot down 26 people at Sandy Hook elementary last December, before killing himself.

Investigators also revealed:

  • They found 16-hundred rounds of ammunition in the Lanza home
  • A gun safe found in Adam's room
  • The shooting rampage in the school took less than five minutes

What does this latest information tell us about Adam Lanza and his mother?

Out Front tonight: Dr. Drew Pinksy - Host, of HLN's Dr. Drew On Call.

Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
February 6th, 2013
10:08 PM ET

Are Newtown kids being exploited? Students to appear on Seacrest's red carpet show

Is Hollywood exploiting the students from Newtown? That's what many are saying after a producer announced a group of students from Sandy Hook Elementary would be featured on E! Entertainment Television's pre-show for the Grammy's.

It's being reported they'll be singing the hit song "Call Me Maybe." The appearance comes just days after another group of students from the school sang alongside Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl.

Is this a healthy distraction or something more?

OutFront tonight: Bonnie Fuller, President and editor of HollywoodLife.com and Slade Sohmer co-founder and editor-in-chief of HyperVocal.com.

Filed under: CT Shooting • Entertainment • News
January 30th, 2013
09:04 PM ET

Newtown victims' families testify before task force on gun violence

Family and friends of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut are speaking before the final hearing of the Connecticut legislature's bipartisan task force on gun violence and school safety.

It is the first hearing of that task force to be held in Newtown.

Shooter Adam Lanza on December 14th killed his mother, Nancy, in their home, then shot and killed 26 children and adults at the nearby elementary school.

CNN's Poppy Harlow is in Newtown and has the story.

Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting • News
December 21st, 2012
08:53 PM ET

One week later, Newtown mourns shooting victims

Newtown said goodbye to five more loved ones Friday. Funerals were held for Sandy Hook Elementary school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, and teacher's aid, Rachel D'Avino.

There were also services for three students, including 7 year-old Grace McDonnell, and two six year-olds, Olivia Engel and Dylan Hockley.

As the town mourns the loss of so many innocent lives, many residents are coping with the tragedy in their own way.

Reuters Breaking Views editor Robert Cox is a father two and has lived in town for most of his life.

He's in Newtown on this one-week anniversary. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
December 21st, 2012
08:43 PM ET

NRA calls for armed personnel in schools

In a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Director Wayne LaPierre announced the organization will not support gun-control measures in light of the Newtown, CT school shootings.

"We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work - and by that I mean armed security," said LaPierre after finally breaking his silence on the shooting that has sparked a national debate.

LaPierre suggested an armed officer could have prevented Adam Lanza from claiming the lives of 20 adults and six children at Sandy Hook Elementary. He also blamed the media for promoting gun violence in movies and video games.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre added.

Despite tight security measures the conference was interrupted twice by pro-gun control protesters, shouting phrases like "ban assault weapons now."

The NRA will develop and fund the preventative action "National School Shield Emergency Response Program" for schools  that want it. The program will train school administrators on how to properly protect their facilities.

Outfront tonight: Mark Glaze, director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Steve Dulan of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.

Filed under: CT Shooting • Gun Control
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