Our investigators… did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in, hopefully, painting the complete picture as to how, and more importantly why, this occurred.Connecticut State Police Lieutenant, Paul Vance • Speaking at a news conference on the police investigation into the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday. The question of why the shooter, identified by police to have been 20-year-old Adam Lanza, chose to perform this unspeakable crime will understandly dominate the public’s attention, but we urge caution pending official investigations like the one listed above. As highlighted in Dave Cullen’s Columbine, initial impressions and narratives about motive formed after tragedies like these can prove quite erroneous. source
No words can console the parents of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School or describe the pain and shock of such an unspeakable tragedy. No words can comfort the loved ones of those brutally taken from us today. All Americans share our prayers and our grief over these horrifying events.Nancy Pelosi, in a statement released today.
This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom. … This happened within minutes. We don’t think the victims had any opportunity to resist, any opportunity to surrender.Oakland, Calif. Police Chief Howard Jordan • Discussing yesterday’s shooting at Oikos University, a private Christian college, which killed seven and wounded three others. Jordan says the suspect, 43-year-old One Goh, didn’t show remorse for his actions, which appear to have been the result of Goh’s expulsion from the school. Investigators believe that Goh intended to target a specific female administrator, but she wasn’t at the school at the time. Goh was also believed to be upset that people made fun of his English skills. Despite being accused of a violent act, Goh has been cooperative since his arrest.
He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults. The children were chased inside the school.French prosecutor Michel Valet • Discussing the fatal shooting outside of a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse on Monday, which occurred after a man on a motorcycle started shooting, drive-by style, killing a rabbi, his two sons and another child. It was the third such shooting in France this week. “This is a national tragedy,” said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who spoke at the school after the incident. “Everything will be done to find who is responsible and to make him pay for his crimes. Hatred must not win.”