Ryan Lanza, 24, has been identified as the suspected gunman who opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning, allegedly killing his mother, a teacher there, and 26 others — 18 of whom were children ranging in age from 5 to 10. Lanza was found dead inside the school. A dead body was reportedly also found in Lanza's New Jersey home. Sources told ABC News that Lanza was armed with four weapons and wearing a bulletproof vest. The Newtown shooting is the second worst mass shooting in U.S. history, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 when 32 were killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself. The Connecticut shooting also comes three days after a masked gunman opened fire in a suburban Portland, Ore., mall killing two people and himself.
Read eyewitness accounts from the scene in Newtown here.
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