“Hold hands and close your eyes” — the words of Connecticut police as they escorted children out of their elementary school on Friday after gunman, Adam Lanza, opened fire on campus killing 6 adults and 20 kids.
Kaitlin Roig, a teacher at the school described by parents as a “hero,” saved all of her classroom children’s lives by thinking on her toes. Roig tells ABC News how she barricaded her first grade students inside a bathroom, knocking a large bookcase in front of the door. As children questioned the loud gunshots, she begged them to be quiet by saying, “There are bad guys out there, we need to wait for the good guys to come.” They responded back, “I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.”
Here is what we know of the Sandy Hook tragedy:
Twenty children total were killed; eighteen at the school, two were pronounced dead at the hospital
Six adults were killed; one was Sandy Hook’s Principal, Dawn Hochsprung
The gunman, identified as AdamLanza, died of a self-inflicted gun-wound
Adam Lanza shot him mother, Nancy, in the early morning at their home. She was a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook.
The weapons found at the scene of the crime: a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols – and a .223-calibre rifle.
Adam Lanza’s older brother, Ryan of New Jersey, was taken into questioning but is NOT a suspect
Peter, Adam Lanza’s father, is alive — despite earlier reports that he was murdered.
AP reports that the girlfriend of Adam Lanza is missing
President Barack Obama held an emotional press conference Friday where he addressed the Nation not as a politician, but as a parent. Wiping tears from his eyes, President Obama says, “Tonight Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, we will hug our children a little tighter. And we will tell them that we love them.”
The Sandy Hook shooting is the second worst in U.S. history, topped by Virgina Tech in 2007 where 32 were killed.