WASHINGTON: America was struggling Saturday to come to terms with one of the worst mass shootings in its history as police sought answers about what drove a 20-year-old gunman to slaughter 27 people, including 20 children and six adults, at a primary school.
Andrea Jaeger placed flowers and a candle Saturday at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn. (AFP Photo)
The attacker, Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old loner, opened fire on Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, which teaches children aged between five and 10.
Lanza first shot his mother, Nancy
Lanza, then drove to the school in her car and shot up two classrooms around 9:30am Friday, police said.
The unhinged gunman who slaughtered 26 children and adults yesterday in a elementary school arrived with guns blazing - blasting his way into the building, according to Connecticut State police.
"He was not voluntarily let into the school at all," Connecticut State Police Lt Paul Vance said at a Saturday morning press conference outside the school.
Lanza is believed to have suffered from a personality disorder and lived with his mother, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation.
Former classmates of the shooter remembered him as a quiet loner - someone who dressed more formally than other students, often wearing khaki pants, button-down shirts and at times, a pocket protector.