UPDATE: The shooter has been confirmed as Adam Lanza. For more news, and a photo, of him, click here.
Today's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is undoubtably one of the biggest tragedies in history. According to reports, close to 30 people have been killed in the massacre, including dozens of children.
Early reports indicated that the shooter was Ryan Lanza, a 24 year old from Hoboken, New Jersey, His mother was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary and is among the victims of the shooting. In addition, authorities reported that there was a dead body in his apartment. However, Lanza's friends on Facebook and Twitter are saying that Ryan Lanza is NOT the shooter.
Confirmed that @Ryan__Lanza is NOT the shooter's account. Nothing to see here. Someone give him a hug, though.
@Ryan__Lanza so aperently im getting spammed bc someone with the same name as me killed some ppl. wtf?
dangers of soical media some Ryan Lanza kid from Newton is getting serious heat on FB as the school shooter its not him http://twitpic.com/blyo93
Despite this, a number of major news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and ABC have "confirmed" that the shooter is named Ryan Lanza. A friend on Facebook also posted a status saying "The shooter was not Ryan Lanza, I repeat, NOT RYAN LANZA." However, no one has been able to confirm that the shooter WASN'T Ryan Lanza. Mr. Wilshe was unavailable for comment by the time this article was published.
NJ.com writes that they spoke to whoever runs Lanza's Facebook account (note: might not be Lanza) and that Lanza's identification could have been stolen by the shooter. "Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had his identification." He posted that it "wasn't me" and that he was "at work" when the tragedy struck.
Stay tuned for more news on the Shady Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. For more information on the shooting, click here. For more information on the alleged shooter, Ryan Lanza, click here.