Authorities say Lanza, 20, killed his mother at their home Friday morning before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary where he forced his way in to commit one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
Armed with two semi-automatic pistols, Lanza rapidly sprayed bullets in hallways and classrooms. Twenty children, many of them kindergarteners, and six faculty members lost their lives. Lanza killed himself before police officers could reach him.
Lt. Vance said all the bodies were removed from the school overnight. A medical examiner is expected to release the names of the victims later today.
Police have assigned a trooper to support each victim’s family in the days ahead. Vance asked reporters to respect the families’ grief and privacy.
“This is an extremely heartbreaking thing for them to endure,” Lt. Vance said.
It will likely take investigators two more days to process the school crime scene where it is believed Lanza fired as many as 100 rounds from his guns.
“It’s going to be a slow, painstaking process,” Lt. Vance said.