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Updated: Monday, 17 Dec 2012, 11:04 PM EST
Published : Monday, 17 Dec 2012, 6:51 AM EST
10:00 P.M. UPDATE: Significant evidence has been collected at both the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Adam Lanza's Newtown house but what that evidence is and if it sheds light on a motive is not yet being revealed.
"If, if there is computer evidence and I strongly say "if" we do have a computer crimes team and our state forensic laboratory that are experts in retrieving any type of evidence and data," Lt. Vance said.
State police, working with the ATF and the FBI, are also focusing on the high-powered weaponry used to kill the 20 first graders and their 6 teachers.
"That weapon from the day, it was built to the day we seized it. We will look at every aspect of it from stem to stern, where it's been, who's had it and all the clips, the ammunition, everything to do with all the weapons," Lt. Vance said.
That weapon is the Bushmaster, a semi-automatic rifle. CT has one of the strictest assault weapons bans in the country but this gun, along with the three other weapons found with Lanza were purchased legally by his mother, Nancy Lanza.
Police are now looking into where mother and son may have trained to see if there are more clues there. They are also interviewing hundreds of witnesses, neighbors, friends and acquaintances, saying local, state and federal officials are working on this around the clock.
In fact, Lt. Vance appeared weary, there heavy sighs, this tragedy taking its toll here too. But we're told they won't stop until we know why.
"The answers are for the poor victims, the families, the people of Conn. that need to know and see a clear picture as to exactly what happened here," Lt. Vance said.
5:00 P.M. UPDATE: Police say hundreds of shots rang out Friday and now hundreds of officers are trying to answer why and how it happened.
"The answers are for the poor victims, the families, the people of CT that need to know and see a clear picture as to exactly what happened here," Lt. Paul Vance said.
Vance says they're busy questioning every single person who survived the tragedy. Both the school and the shooter's house are active crime scenes.
He says they're tracing the history of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the guns he used, and if he had any training.
"We definitely are peeling that onion back layer by layer and we'll know all that information and believe me when I tell you there's a team working on just that," Lt. Vance said.
4:00 P.M. UPDATE: At a news conference Governor Dannel Malloy was asked how he had to inform the families on Friday that their loved ones didn't make it.
The Governor says he by-passed the state police department's normal investigative policies to bring the families some closure.
"Yeah I was uh...It was evident to me that there was a reluctance to tell parents and loved ones that the person that they were waiting for was not going to return. And that had gone on for a period of time well after there was any expectancy that families would be reunited. I made the decision that to have that go on any longer, was wrong. I did it," Gov. Malloy said.
Sandy Hook Elementary is closed indefinitely and state police say the building could remain a crime scene for months.
Investigators say they've seized significant evidence from the Lanza home and they're digging through Adam Lanza's medical records as well as his history at local gun ranges.
"There are many people, including first responders, including town residents, including people right in this audience, that have broken hearts over this. And we're going to do everything that it takes to ensure that we uncover every bit of evidence, that we examine every facet of it, that we conduct as many interviews with everyone that we need to do, to paint a clear picture as to exactly how and why this tragedy occurred."
Federal agents say Lanza fired guns at ranges over the past several years but there's no evidence he did so recently as practice for the rampage.
1:00 P.M. UPDATE: Monroe is working to open up a former school and welcome in students from Sandy Hook.
Lt. Brian McCauley of the Monroe Police Department said Monday, "we are working to try to bring back some normalcy. We are working to make it a safe and secure environment for the students who are coming to Chalk Hill."
According to officials, lots of police will be present on the first day to console and instill a feeling of confidence in parents and students.
Chalk Hill Elementary School was built in the 1960's.
Last year, the school went offline as attendance had dropped and the town felt it would save money.
When asked about the condition of the school Lt. McCauley said, "she's an old girl, but she's a strong girl."
There is not yet a confirmed date for when the school will be open for Sandy Hook students.
"We want students to come into Monroe and feel like they are safe and secure," said Lt. McCauley.
10:00 A.M. UPDATE: At a press conference Monday morning, State Police announced that there were two adult victims who survived Friday's school shooting in Newtown.
Police said the two adults both suffered gunshot wounds and are currently recovering from their injuries.
When asked about the gunman's past, Lt. J. Paul Vance said that after speaking with Newtown Police, it was determined that there was no previous contact or concerns, prior to the shooting.
Police have begun processing and analyzing the evidence, and said that every single round of ammunition will be examined.
Lt. Vance said that police are checking the weaponry, searching every database, every record, and anything else that they can uncover.
Interviews are also being conducted with anyone involved, including children that were present at the time of the shooting. Police said parents will be present for those interviews and that they will be handled very delicately as it is a tender issue.
When asked about the amount of ammunition brought to the school and what might've been planned Lt. Vance said, "I can't speculate what would've occurred. I can tell you that faculty and staff did everything they could to protect those children."
Lt. Vance also pointed to the tremendous efforts of the first responders.
"It broke our hearts that we couldn't save them all," Lt. Vance said.
The Sandy Hook school is being held as a crime scene indefinitely.
Crisis teams are in place and phone lines are open to anyone in need of support. Call 203-270-4283.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- The first funerals will be held today for two of the children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown.
Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both six-years-old, will be buried today. Other funerals will be held later in the week for the 20 children and six teachers/staff who died.
Sunday night an interfaith vigil was held in the Newtown High School auditorium. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders spoke, offering words of comfort to the families and the town.
President Obama was among those in attendance. He offered the "love and prayers" of the nation to Newtown, and said he would use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children.
Before he spoke the president met with families of the shooting victims, giving the families his personal condolences and even posing for pictures with other children. More on the president's address here. Video here. Gov Dannel Malloy and First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra also spoke at the vigil.
Classes are expected to resume Wednesday for Newtown students. Sandy Hook students will be attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe.
As for the police investigation, Connecticut state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said Sunday that "hundreds" of rounds of ammunition were recovered at the school, along with a number of high-capacity magazines. Four weapons were recovered:
Authorities positively identified the gunman as Adam Lanza, and also identified his mother, Nancy. Her death was ruled a homicide, his a suicide.
The AR-15 was "used in the school in its entirety," Lt. Vance said. One of the handguns were used for Lanza's suicide.
Flags remain at half staff in honor of the victims.
For Newtown residents, a crisis intervention team has been made available for anyone who wants to talk about what happened. The number to call is 203-270-4283.
The United Way of Western Connecticut is collecting cash donations to help the families of the victims.