Police warn of social media hoaxes in US shooting

Dec 16, 2012
Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance speaks to the media regarding Friday's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 15, 2012. Vance warned Sunday of misinformation circulating on social media about the massacre.

Authorities investigating the deadly US school shooting warned Sunday of misinformation circulating on social media about the massacre.

Those spreading such fake details could be subject to arrest, Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police told reporters in the wake of Friday's attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people—including 20 children between the ages of six and seven.

The rampage in the peaceful northeast of New York City rattled the country and sparked a frantic search for answers.

"All information relative to this case is coming from these and any information coming from other sources cannot be confirmed and, in many cases, it has been found as inaccurate," Vance said.

"There have been indications that there have been quotes by people who are posing as the shooter," he added. "Anyone perpetrating that information, could, in fact, be subject to arrest and be prosecuted federally."

Asked if anyone has been identified or questioned, Vance said: "They're working on that right now."

Reporting about the case has been marred by and false leads.

Shortly after the story first broke, surfaced referencing a Facebook page attributed to Ryan Lanza, the name initially believed to be that of the gunman, who was later identified as Adam Lanza.

It had first been floated after police found an ID bearing that name on the gunman's body. The ID turned out to belong to the 20-year-old's brother.

US media said reporters swarmed the home of another Ryan Lanza in New Jersey. A wrong Ryan Lanza also picked up a slew of on Twitter.

Adam Lanza, who also murdered his mother before heading to the school, killed himself following the slayings.

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Lurker2358
1.7 / 5 (6) Dec 16, 2012
Adam Lanza, who also murdered his mother before heading to the school, killed himself following the slayings.


Exactly why we need stronger gun laws and CRIME PREVENTION rather than cleaning up the bodies after the fact.

These maniacal massacres cannot be prevented through the existing interpretation of the second amendment, because any asshole who wants a personal weapon of mass destruction can buy one at the local pawn shop, or gun collector's show.

It is unfair that this bastard commited the crime in the first place, but he escapes what passes for "justice" by killing himself.

His death was too easy, and he deserves to suffer for what he did.

In this case, I hope every one of these bastards involved in these types of killings rots in hell.

I'd like to see HOMELAND SECURITY and the president actually do their jobs, and PROTECT the U.S. from "All threats foreign and domestic".

You see, they swear PROTECTION, not just "reaction and cleanup after the fact".
Lurker2358
1.6 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2012
Police failed to PROTECT.
Homeland Security failed to PROTECT.
President failed to PROTECT.
FBI and CIA failed to PROTECT.

Look how many law enforcement agencies failed to uphold their oath of service!!

Reacting to these crimes after the fact is not "protection".

Look how useless the executive branch and law enforcement really are.

They don't even do anything until it's too late to matter.

the second and fourth amendments of the Constitution need to be modified somehow, so that the government and law enforcement agencies have the powers to PROTECT people from this type of DOMESTIC TERRORIST ACT.

It was a school. The "good guys" aren't allowed to carry weapons there anyway, in spite of the second amendment, so the second amendment doesn't even help the honest people, because they are contrarily forbidden to have a gun to protect themselves, but the amendment certainly helps the lunatics who want to commit a crime!!

Figure it out.
joshmr
4.3 / 5 (4) Dec 16, 2012
In other words: Don't try to think for yourselves, just listen to every word the media and the police say...
Lurker2358
2.3 / 5 (9) Dec 16, 2012
In other words: Don't try to think for yourselves, just listen to every word the media and the police say...


Do you understand there is no way to stop this type of crime as long as everyone is allowed to have stock piles of automatic and semi-automatic weapons?

He fired HUNDREDS of rounds.

At least if everything above a 6-shooter revolver was banned, he'd need to reload 5 or 10 times as often.

Jesus.

Doesn't anyone get it?

At least if he had been limited to fewer rounds per clip, he would't be able to kill that many people before somebody got their to stop it.

You can't stop a lunatic by increasing the consequences, since he's going to kill himself anyway.

The only way to stop it is to prevent it ahead of time, because consequences have no deterrent, and since we don't have a time machine, the only practical way to prevent it ahead of time is to have a full ban on civilians having any automatic and semi-automatic weapons.
Zenmaster
3.4 / 5 (7) Dec 17, 2012
The more difficult and responsible social action would be to address the conditions which may foster this kind of violent behavior. We need a more effective way to diagnose and to treat mental illnesses - to increase understanding of mental health without the stigma.
VendicarD
2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 17, 2012
The mourners are weeping at this "tragedy".

I'm sorry, it isn't a tragedy. It is a comedy. It is the natural result of giving a child some gasoline and some matches.

I could see it being a tragedy if it occurred once. But mass murders are a monthly event in America, where sales of AK47's grew to exceptional proportions with the re-election of Obama.

So kill yourselves. I don't care anymore.
Set yourselves on fire. I couldn't care less.
Blow yourselves up. I applaud the death of ignorance.

Just don't stink in my direction.
freethinking
1 / 5 (9) Dec 17, 2012
If Guns are the cause, then there should be mass killings at Gun Shows, Gun Ranges, and Gun Shops. Yet there are no killings there.

What we need to do is to BAN GUN FREE ZONES. Gun Free Zones Kill.

Gun free zones are like restraining orders. Not worth the paper they are written on, and only work on people who you don't need them for.
VendicarD
4.3 / 5 (8) Dec 17, 2012
Of course, guns don't cause crime, FreeTard, no more than rocks cause stoneings. But it is self evident that devices that are designed to facilitate the killing of people, make mass murder easier to commit.

Over 90,000 people have been shot so far in America this year.

"If Guns are the cause, then there should be mass killings at Gun Shows, Gun Ranges, and Gun Shops." - FreeTard
VendicarD
4.3 / 5 (6) Dec 17, 2012
Children should be forced to carry guns to school, so that they can be safe.

"What we need to do is to BAN GUN FREE ZONES." - FreeTard

Isn't it interesting that the mother of the shooter was a Right Wing Kook who feared the coming of a Zombie Apocalypse?

The home schooling of the shooter worked out well didn't it?

samantha_atkins2
2.8 / 5 (5) Dec 17, 2012
No, you cannot be arrested for passing along information you saw on the internet. You can be arrested if you commit fraud and certain other crimes but NOT for simply passing along something that isn't officially sanctioned as true. This cop is a pretty scary fellow in his interpretation of the law in this regard. Perhaps he should be arrested for sowing fear and misinformation?
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 18, 2012
Gun Free Zones and Protection orders work only against on those that obey the law.

Progressives, never let a murdered Child(ren) go to waste to promote their agenda. Progressives your policies, those things you promote, love and defend, are the real reasons these shooting happen.
Ojorf
3 / 5 (2) Dec 23, 2012
What a weird name, 'freethinking', must be ironic.