The families of nine of the people killed in the Newtown shootings file a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. The suit claims that the weapon is meant for military use and should not have been available for public purchase. Attorney Josh Koskoff:
The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States Military to meet the needs of changing warfare. In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet.
At least 29 people are believed to be dead – including 22 children – after a gunman believed to be a student’s father opened fire today at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, making it the worst school shooting in U.S. history.
There are preliminary reports a student’s 24-year-old father was the shooter and that he went from classroom-to-classroom firing at students and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle.
9:35 am: Police are dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in one of the kindergarten classrooms.
President Obama addressed the tragedy during remarks at the White House Friday afternoon “our hearts are broken” for the families of the victims in the deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The president, paused repeatedly, struggling to get through his remarks. His eyes welled up as he discussed the victims.
The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
The president, hinting at possible legislation, pledged “meaningful action” to prevent more killings in the future.