Transcript: Connecticut State Police briefing on the Sandy Hook shooting on Dec. 16, 2012

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Partial transcript of press conference remarks by Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 16, 2012: 

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has provided us with information relative to the last two deceased.

The female that was found in the secondary location at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown has been positively identified as Nancy Lanza. Her birthday is Sept. 6, 1960. Her cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds and the death has been ruled a homicide.

The male subject identified as the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been positively identified as Adam Lanza. He resided at that resident. His cause of death was gunshot wound. His death has been ruled a suicide.

There’s been questions about the weaponry and I’d like to take a minute to discuss with you briefly – very superficially – some of the information that we can release at this time.

The weapon that was utilized most of the time during this horrific crime was identified as a Bushmaster AR-15 assault type weapon. It had high-capacity magazines.

In addition to that, the subject had in his possession a Glock 10mm, a Sig Sauer 9mm – both weapons – all weapons had multiple magazines and additional ammunition.

The fourth weapon recovered was a shotgun that was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle that was parked outside the school.

That weaponry, as I said, is going to be completely examined in the forensic laboratory. It’s going to be historically searched so we can attempt to determine every path that those weapons took since they were manufactured, every time that they were used, and as much information as possible that we can obtain relative to each and every one weapon.

The last thing is I’d like to re-state what we stated this morning about anyone that harasses, threatens, or intimidates, or interferes with the investigation, utilizing any social media of any type relative to this horrific crime will be fully investigated and fully prosecuted to the extent of the law. We’re talking about harassment includes in-person contact but also contact on the Internet, social media, telephone, and any other means of communication.

We again are asking and imploring members of the media to please respect the families’ privacies. We are continuing to staff a trooper as a conduit or a line of communication to assist the families – all 26 families in this incident – and we’ll do so per the Colonel of the State Police indefinitely.

I’ll take a couple of questions, again, understanding that there are certain things that we still cannot answer, that we cannot discuss.

Press briefing Q&A: 

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: I do not know the weapon that Nancy Lanza was shot with. I simply don’t know that. The Bushmaster was used, as was explained yesterday, in the school in its entirety and the handgun was used to take his own life.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: The directory of the shots and all of the ammunitions used in this horrific crime will be examined and thoroughly reported in the report. I don’t have that information to be able to…

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: That’s correct. High capacity – multiple high capacity magazines. Approximately 30 rounds per magazine.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: Several. Just numerous.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: High capacity magazine for the rifle, multiple magazines for the rifle and multiple magazines for both handguns.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: I don’t want to state that. I’m sure they did everything they could. But I don’t want to get into that specific detail if I can at this time.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: Again, motive, as I discussed earlier, that will come as we finish the investigation. We simply can’t piecemeal it. We don’t have a specific reason that we can stand here and say this occurred. We will and we are searching diligently and non-stop to attempt to answer that question.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: The timeline is being established by investigators. That’s the best I can do with that.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: That’s impossible to say. We do know how many rounds were recovered. We do know how many shell casing we recovered. I don’t have that information to publicly give out just yet. I’d be speculating and guessing.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: Numerous. Again, that’s all investigatory information that I’m not privy to. I simply don’t have to give you.

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: Many, many. Hundreds…

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: Again, I don’t want to describe the crime scene at all…

Question: [inaudible]

State Police Lt. Paul Vance: We did seize a great deal of evidence. Our detectives have executed numerous search warrants in this case. We do not detail the content of what we seize at any criminal investigation. I could tell you that we were successful in seizing a great deal of evidence in this investigation. All that evidence – every stitch of it – needs to be analyzed, and it will be, whether it’s in our forensic laboratory or by specialists within our department or other departments as time goes on.

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