Gunman Identified as Ryan Lanza in Connecticut School Massacre

Gunman Identified as Ryan Lanza in Connecticut School Massacre

By CHRISTINA NG | Good Morning America

A heavily armed man invaded a Newtown, Conn., elementary school today, killing his mother and 26 others, mostly children, federal and state sources tell ABC News.

The gunman, identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, was killed inside of the school.

In addition to the casualties at the school, a dead body was also found in his home, officials said. Sources said Lanza was armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest when he opened fire in the elementary school.

Among the dead was the gunman’s mother, found in the school, sources told ABC News.

“The shooter is deceased inside the building,” Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said at a news conference. “The public is not in danger.”

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Authorities initially believed that there were two gunmen and were searching cars around the school.

First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig, 29, locked her 14 students in a classroom bathroom and listened to “tons of shooting” until police came to help.

“It was horrific,” Roig said. “I thought we were going to die.”

She said that the terrified kids were saying, “I just want Christmas…I don’t want to die. I just want to have Christmas.”

The massacre prompted the town of Newtown to lock down all its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.

President Obama was briefed on the shooting by FBI Director Robert Mueller.

It’s unclear how many people have been shot, but 27 people, mostly children, are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News. That number could rise, officials said.

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It is the second worst mass shooting in U.S. history, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 when 32 were killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself. Today’s carnage exceeds the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in which 13 died and 24 were injured.

The Newtown shooting comes three days after masked gunman Jacob Roberts opened fire in a busy Oregon mall, killing two before turning the gun on himself.

Today’s shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which includes 450 students in grades K-4. The town is located about 12 miles east of Danbury.

State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41 a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source.

Vance said that on-duty and off-duty officers swarmed to the school and quickly checked “every door, every crack, every crevice” in the building looking for the gunman and evacuating children.

A photo from the scene shows a line of distressed children being led out of the school.

Three patients have been taken to Danbury Hospital, which is also on lockdown, according to the hospital’s Facebook page.

“Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown,” the statement said. “This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.”

Newtown Public School District secretary of superintendent Kathy June said in a statement that the district’s schools were locked down because of the report of a shooting. “The district is taking preventive measures by putting all schools in lockdown until we ensure the safety of all students and staff,” she said.

State police sent SWAT team units to Newtown.

All public and private schools in the town were on lockdown.

“We have increased our police presence at all Danbury Public Schools due to the events in Newtown. Pray for the victims,” Newtown Mayor Boughton tweeted.

State emergency management officials said ambulances and other units were also en route and staging near the school.

A message on the school district website says that all afternoon kindergarten is cancelled today and there will be no midday bus runs.

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Sandy Leaves Death, Damp and Darkness in Wake

Associated Press/ John Minchillo – Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, …more  schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees.

The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane force, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds.

“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”

At least 7.4 million people across the East were without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights.

Lower Manhattan, which includes Wall Street, was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over its seawalls and highways and into low-lying streets.

Water cascaded into the gaping, unfinished construction pit at the World Trade Center, and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day, the first time that has happened because of weather in more than a century.

A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens on Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues. Three people were injured.

A downtown hospital, New York University’s Tisch, evacuated 200 patients after its backup generator failed. About 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were carried down staircases and on battery-powered respirators.

And a construction crane that collapsed in the high winds on Monday still dangled precariously 74 floors above the streets of midtown Manhattan. And on Staten Island, a tanker ship wound up beached on the shore.

With water standing in two major commuter tunnels and seven subway tunnels under the East River, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was unclear when the nation’s largest transit system would be rolling again. It shut down Sunday night ahead of the storm.

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 Men survey a large tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a ‘major disaster’ for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Joseph Lhota, chairman of the regional Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the damage was the worst in the 108-year history of the New York subway.

 The saltwater surge inundated subway signals, switches and electrified third rails and covered tracks with sludge. Workers began pumping the water out and will ultimately have to walk all of the hundreds of miles of track to inspect it.

Millions of more fortunate New Yorkers surveyed damage as dawn broke, their city brought to an extraordinary standstill.

“Oh, Jesus. Oh, no,” Faye Schwartz said she looked over damage in neighborhood in Brooklyn, where cars were scattered like leaves.

Reggie Thomas, a maintenance supervisor at a prison near the overflowing Hudson River, emerged from an overnight shift there, a toothbrush in his front pocket, to find his Honda with its windows down and a foot of water inside. The windows automatically go down when the car is submerged to free drivers.

“It’s totaled,” Thomas said with a shrug. “You would have needed a boat last night.”

Besides the subway and the stock exchange, most major tunnels and bridges in New York were closed, as were schools, Broadway theaters and the metropolitan area’s three main airports, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark.

“This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.

The death toll climbed rapidly, and included 17 victims in New York State — 10 of them in New York City — along with four dead in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey. Sandy also killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard.

In New Jersey, a huge swell of water swept over the small town of Moonachie, near the Hackensack River, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people, some of them living in a trailer park.

And in neighboring Little Ferry, water suddenly started gushing out of storm drains overnight, submerging a road under 4 feet of water and swamping houses.

Police and fire officials used boats and trucks to reach the stranded.

“I looked out and the next thing you know, the water just came up through the grates. It came up so quickly you couldn’t do anything about it. If you wanted to move your car to higher ground you didn’t have enough time,” said Little Ferry resident Leo Quigley, who with his wife was taken to higher ground by boat.

Jersey City was closed to cars because traffic lights were out, and Hoboken, just over the Hudson River from Manhattan, dealt with major flooding. In Atlantic City, most of the world-famous boardwalk was intact, but pieces washed away Monday night.

Remnants of the hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain, high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.

In a measure of how big the storm was, high winds spinning off the edge of Sandy clobbered the Cleveland area early Tuesday, uprooting trees, cutting power to hundreds of thousands, closing schools and flooding major roads along Lake Erie.

Hundreds of miles from the storm’s center, gusts topping 60 mph prompted officials to close the port of Portland, Maine, and scared away several cruise ships.

Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, N.J., forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature.

While the hurricane’s 80 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed the lowest barometric pressure on record in the Northeast, giving it terrific energy to push water inland.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island. The storm brought the presidential campaign to a halt with a week to go before Election Day.

In New York, the construction crane atop a 1,000-foot, $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan dangled for a second day while authorities tried to figure out how to secure it. Thousands were ordered to leave nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.

Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel — whose slogan is “Uptown, Not Uptight” — when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.

“They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we’ll come back in two or three days,” she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. “I hope so.”

An explosion Monday night at a substation for Consolidated Edison, the main utility service New York City, knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” Stephen Weisbrot said from his 10th-floor apartment.

In Baltimore, fire officials said four unoccupied rowhouses collapsed in the storm, sending debris into the street but causing no injuries. A blizzard in western Maryland caused a pileup of tractor-trailers that blocked part of Interstate 68 on slippery Big Savage Mountain.

“It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here,” said Bill Wiltson, a Maryland State Police dispatcher.

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Hays reported from New York and Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Delaware City, Del., Katie Zezima in Atlantic City, Emery P. Dalesio in Elizabeth City, N.C., and Erika Niedowski in Cranston, R.I., also contributed.

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Hurricane Sandy Barrels Toward US

Hurricane Sandy Barrels Toward US

By KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America

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East Coast residents are preparing for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival as forecasters expect a “perfect storm” of three different systems that will slam the region early next week.

New York City and northern regions in the eastern corridor are likely to be hit hard and forecasters are warning that the storm may linger for days as it covers a massive area. There is a 90 percent chance that on Monday the East Coast will take a direct hit, forecasters say.

“We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco told The Associated Press. “It’s almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event. It’s going to be a widespread, serious storm.”

Sandy, currently a category 1 storm, will cross the Bahamas today as its western fringe scrapes eastern Florida, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to slow and turn northwest overnight and during the day

As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Sandy was approximately 300 miles east of Miami and moving northwest at 13 mph. Florida is expected to see stormy conditions today, with 1-4 inches of rain in some areas. Waves up to 15 feet along the coast are expected, as is a storm surge 1-2 feet along the Florida eastern coat.

Warnings are in effect along Florida’s east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach. Storm watches are in effect on Florida’s east coast from Flagler to Fernandina Beach and from the Savannah River north to Oregon Inlet, N.C., including Pamlico Sound.

By Saturday afternoon, Sandy is expected to increase its forward speed and become a hybrid storm, pushing a lot of rain into the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic region, with some areas getting more than a half a foot of rain through Sunday.

Sandy’s landfall is predicted to be somewhere in southern New Jersey on Tuesday around 8 a.m.

“I think it’s fair to say we don’t know when or if or where the storm’s going to hit,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference Thursday. “The forecasters say it could be dangerous, but I think a word that they’ve been using most is it’s unpredictable.”

Forecasters told The Associated Press that the storm could linger in the atmosphere over the same locations for five or six days, and that is could bring six inches of rain, 80 mph wind gusts, 20- to 30-foot-high seas and extreme coastal flooding.

The entire system will weaken by the end of next week as is sits over the northeast, but strong winds and rain will remain across the region through next Friday.

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FanAccount JYJ Live Tour in New Jersey

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Posted on May 25, 2011 by YunhoFan

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JYJ Concert, Newark New Jersey, 2011-May-22: DBSK_FAN Account :::::

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A few weeks ago, when I heard that JYJ would be in Newark, New Jersey, I asked my husband to take me to the concert. I am not a fan of flying, so we would have to drive. It is a 7 hour drive, but with rest stops and meals, it would take us 9 hours to get there. My husband thought about it, and then decided to take me to the concert. My daughters said that they wanted that to be my birthday present. So, I was thrilled. Nervous and always wanting to cancel the trip (that is what I do). But, then on April 16th, after we got our new puppy, in the car heading back to the house, my daughter loaded the transportable internet, logged on to Ticket Master and bought two tickets for the New Jersey Show. Needless to say, I was excited.

As time went by I toyed with the idea of telling my friends on DBSKALWAYS what I was about to do. However, knowing that I was disappointed in November when JYJ was in New York, and I did not get to attend the showcase, I decided not to say anything until I was actually IN Newark. I kept my promise to myself.

So, on May 21st, around 9:30 AM we left home: Canada. We drove to Newark, checked into the Hotel, and relaxed. That evening, we were excited to have Cable TV (we do not have Cable TV at home – by choice). So, we were Channel surfing when my husband said, “the perfect thing for your Korean weekend.” I replied, “What’s that?” Well, to my delight and surprise, there was a KBS drama on called “The Great King Sejong.” This episode was about the 12th year of King Sejong’s reign, and the year in which the Crown Prince defied him on a number of issues. I watched the drama and tried to read the sub-titles. I could not believe what a good time I was having. I felt so blessed.

Now, I have never been to a club. The first and last time I went to a disco was 30 years ago. The first and last time I went to a concert was 21 or 22 years ago: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Tour. So, I am very selective about that kind of thing, I guess. Or maybe, no group has interested me enough to make the effort since then. However, we all know how much I adore, admire, and enjoy DBSK, the new TVXQ, and JYJ. It is no secret.

I brought two outfits with me. But, once I got to New Jersey, and once the 22nd rolled around, I grew dissatisfied. So, I went shopping and got a new outfit. There was a 60% sale and an additional 20% off the sale price. So, I was lucky there. The blazer and slacks that I bought complemented the JYJ T-Shirt that I received with “The Beginning” Special Edition. We dressed and got on the road to the Prudential Center. We arrived at 5:30PM, and we were the first people at the door. Shortly after a father and daughter came up and we started to talk. They had driven 10 hours one way from Toronto to see JYJ. Then, a family came by. They had driven two days from Florida to see JYJ. Inside the concert hall we met a young lady, about 17 years old, who flew from Georgia with her Mom to see JYJ. This was their second concert with JYJ! Last year, they flew to Las Vagas to see JYJ. She had a Jaejoong-style necklace, and a relly nice light stick and wand that said “JYJ.” The fans started rolling in and talking and just enjoying each other’s company. The tone of camaraderie was so ripe and evident, and the atmosphere was so very positive. It was such an uplifting experience. Wow! is all that I can say.

The fans were of all skin colours and races: Korean, Chinese, mixed race of every kind, Blacks, Caucasians. There were ladies older than I am wearing JYJ T-Shirts and red blazers and scarves. There were 12 year olds, 17 year olds, their aunts in their 30s, and ladies in their 60s. There were parents who traveled with their children. There were fathers who brought their daughters. My husband who now has a new-found appreciation and respect for JYJ – who came only to bring me to the show and give me this birthday present.

The doors opened at 7PM, and I squealed. We found our section and sat down. We talked with fans in front of us and next to us. To give you an example of the generosity and positive spirit and atmosphere that JYJ engenders – some fans in front of us who drove hours from Virginia to see JYJ, saw that I had a light stick, but my husband did not have any JYJ items. So, this one fan took off one of her bracelets (the red glowing one) and put it on my husband’s wrist. Imagine that: strangers, but brought together with the camaraderie that JYJ engenders. It was something to witness.

My husband remarked that at other concerts that he attended, the fans do not acknowledge each other nor di they talk to each other; they only talk with the people that they came with. But, he remarked how different and caring it was at the JYJ concert.

So, JYJ came on stage 10 minutes after 8PM. The crowed screamed and cheered throughout most of the next two hours. We were on our feet for every one of the songs. We were dancing along with JYJ and doing the hand movements. We sang in Korean, we sang in English. After about 30 minutes. JYJ loosened up and especially Yoochun – he was smiling and being light hearted. Junsu was working hard and putting 150% into every song and performance. So, was Yoochun and so was Jaejoong. When they sang Fallen Leaves, Jaejoong ended the song with tears in his eyes.

When we thought that JYJ had completed the concert, and they went back stage, the crowned began to shout “JYJ Saranghe!” over and over and over again for minutes until JYJ came back on stage to uproarious screams and cheers. They performed about 4 more songs, and then left the stage again. They had another standing ovation that went on for some time. They came back out in JYJ T-shirts and performed one more song.

To be honest, I cannot remember the order of the songs nor the name of each one. But, they performed songs from The Beginning, such as Empty (they started the show with that song) and Ayyy Girl. Then each one did their The Beginning solos. Then they did the SKK Scandal theme song.

When they sang SKK Scandal theme song – the audience sang the chorus in Korean right along with them. Yoochun looked at Jaejoong as if to say – “how do they know Korean ” – then the boyz sang and sang and each time the chorun came around Yoochun and Jaejoong pointed the mic to the audience and sang along with us,. It was something to experience.

Then there were songs from Music Essay, and some new songs too. They sang in Korean and English. Yoochun spoke English and so did Junsu. I think Junsu said that English is so hard. Jaejoong spoke Korean. It did not matter – the love that was outpouring to the three young men was wonderful and warm. It was such an atmosphere of positivity. Wow! My husband remarked that their singing was as perfect at the CDs that I play every day and all day on the weekends. So, he knows what he was saying. He also said, “Those guys can sing!”

All I can say at this time is that JYJ is a blessing. Their show was amazing, and I am so happy that they came all the way from Korea to perform for us!

Thank you JYJ. Thank you so much for such a wonderful performance.

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News 110509 JYJ’s Beijing Concert Concludes–North American Tour To Start

YaY!! JYJ are on their way to North America. As the last time resulted in them not being able to obtain a working visa, I pray that this situation has been resolved and that our mancubs can be rewarded for their hard work. I pray that they will make it to Chicago, Minneapolis, or LaCrosse at some point. That would make JYJ a lot more accessible.
Earnestly praying for your safety and success Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu. Love you. Momma Cha

News 110509 JYJ’s Beijing Concert Concludes and Start of Their North America Tour

“JYJ World Tour”, which started from April for a period of two months, was held in Beijing, China on the 7th. In this performance, JYJ sang the songs from the co-produced album with Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins, “The Beginning” and their own self-compositions, receiving loud cheers from the thousands live audiences with the grandeur of the live stage. Beijing’s concert concludes the Asia Tour and this tour proves JYJ’s popularity as top star in Asia and Kim Jaejoong’s success as a director.

Kim Jaejoong has mentioned before the tour that the theme would be “The Challenge of Creativity”, using his experience as a singer to present an excellent concert for everyone. In these four performances, the stability of the structure, the uniqueness of JYJ’s performance, the unprecedented style and the stage that allows interactions with the fans, has caused the media from the different countries to write detailed reports. JYJ who has successfully finished the Asia Tour, expressed, “This world tour is JYJ’s new challenge and we wanted to express our kind of stage. To meet the fans after long absence through an official performance and to present them with a diverse exciting performance, we are elated and wanted to express our thanks to the fans who wholeheartedly supported us.”

Additionally, the four sold-out concerts has attracted a total of 43000 fans and this time around, they will be moving to Los Angeles and North America. The North American tour would begin on the 20th in Vancouver, Canada and would then be held on the 22nd in New Jersey, 27th in Los Angeles and 2nd of June in San Jose.

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JYJ World Tour Concert in Taiwan

JYJ World Tour Concert in Taiwan

PUBLIC EVENT!!

Time: Saturday, April 23 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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Location: Taipei Dome, Taipei, Taiwan

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Dear Fans in Taiwan,

You can buy tickets from the website below;

http://www.g-music.com.tw/event/2011/GMusicBigBanner.987/index.html

Ticket will be sold from 12pm, April 8th.

Ticket information for other cities will be updated soon through this website and Facebook page.

Thank you very much.

JYJ World Tour Concert 2011

EVENTS

JYJ World Tour Concert in Taiwan
Tomorrow 7:30pm

MAY

JYJ World Tour Concert in China
Saturday, May 7 at 7:00pm

JYJ World Tour Concert in VANCOUVER,…
Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm

JYJ World Tour Concert at Newark, NJ
Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm

JYJ World Tour Concert at LOS ANGELE…
Friday, May 27 at 8:00pm

JUNE

JYJ World Tour Concert at SAN JOSE, CA
Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm

JYJ World Tour Concert in Korea
Saturday, June 11 at 7:00pm

JYJ World Tour Concert in Korea
Sunday, June 12 at 7:00pm

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