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The Connecticut elementary school gunman who has killed at least 26 people — eight adults and 18 children — Friday was reportedly outfitted in military attire and had at least two guns, which were recovered on the scene. Some have begun to wonder how the man entered the school where visitors have to be let in by staff.
According to Fox News Insider, the now-deceased, 20-something-year-old shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown wore black BDUs (battle dress uniform), which are standard combat uniforms like those sold on Camping Survival, and a military-style vest. The shooter, who was reportedly identified as Ryan Lanza, also had a mask covering his face.
On Megyn Kelly’s America Live program on Fox News, a mother of a student called in pointing out that visitors to the school need to be buzzed in through the doors by the front desk. The mother, whose daughter was not hurt, said she doesn’t believe the secretary would let in a person wearing a mask or questionable clothing. The Associated Press reports the gunman had ties, which are not yet specified, to the school.
Two guns were initially reported to have been found on the scene, but some outlets now report four. Reports reference a semi-automatic Glock and Sig Sauer 9 mm being recovered, as well as a .223 caliber rifle.
According to Sig Sauer’s website, the 9mm P226 is used by “U.S. Navy SEALs, Federal agents, and numerous law enforcement agencies including the Texas Rangers, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Michigan State Police to name a few.”
A .223 rifle has been called by gun experts “the best home-defense weapon” and “a rifleman’s most valuable tool.” Guns Magazine wrote that the .223 “shoots far, fast and flat” and has a “relatively moderate cost.”
Reuters reports an entire classroom is currently unaccounted for, while other children have been removed to a safe location or have gone home with parents.
A law enforcement official speaking under the condition of anonymity said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, according to the AP.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing story.