How many people died in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting?

THE lives of residents of Newtown, Connecticut, were turned upside down in 2012 after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

To this day, it is considered one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

The Sandy Hook school shooting happened in 2012


The Sandy Hook school shooting happened in 2012Photo credit: Getty

How many people died in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting?

On December 14, 2012, a man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and took the lives of several students and staff.

A total of 26 people were shot, including 20 children and the other employees.

Victims include:

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  • Jessica Reko, 6
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Avelle Richman, 6
  • Jess Lewis, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Emily Parker, 6
  • Charlotte Speck, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6th
  • Jacob Mattioli, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Grace Audrey McDonnell, 7
  • Victoria Soto, 27
  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30
  • Dawn high jump, 47
  • Annemarie Murphy, 52
  • Mary Sherlach, 56

The shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, 56, was also killed on December 14, 2012.

Who Was the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter?

The Sandy Hook elementary school shooter was later identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

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He entered the school just after 9:30 a.m. local time, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, two semi-automatic pistols and several rounds of ammunition.

It was later revealed that the guns were legally purchased from his mother and registered under her name.

Nancy’s friend Mark Tambascio told the New Haven Register at the time that her interest in guns had grown in the years leading up to her death.

“She took up target shooting as a hobby about three years ago,” he said.

“She hasn’t spoken to me much about it. Just ‘Oh, I went to the shoot today,’ you know. Nothing else.”

Before police arrived at the scene, Lanza turned the gun on himself and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

26 people died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School


26 people died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary SchoolPhoto credit: AFP

What happened as a result of the school shooting?

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting shocked the nation in 2012 and remains an important part of history to this day.

As a result of the deadly event, then-President Barack Obama signed 23 executive orders and proposed 12 gun control measures to Congress.

The Connecticut General Assembly also passed a 139-page gun control bill with broad bipartisan support, which was signed into law by then-Governor Dannel Malloy the same day.

The bill will require universal background checks on all firearm purchases and a high-capacity magazine ban that prohibits the sale or purchase of ammunition magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

Unfortunately, Sandy Hook did not prevent other mass shootings.

Since then, there have been over 2,600 mass shootings nationwide, including several other school shootings, according to Vox.

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In 2018, a former student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida opened fire on students, killing 17 people.

On May 24, 2022, another deadly school shooting occurred, killing 15 people.

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