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Connecticut School Shooting

Reporters Swarm

Wrong Ryan Lanza

12/14/2012 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hordes of reporters have descended on the home of Ryan Lanza in New Jersey, hoping to speak to members of his family after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut this morning -- but there's one problem ... it's the wrong Ryan.

Ryan's mother Nannette tells TMZ, her son -- 26-year-old Ryan John Lanza -- is a corrections officer-in-training at the Camden County Correctional Academy.

The Ryan Lanza that was initially identified as the possible school shooter -- who gunned down 26 people at the school, including 20 small children -- is 24 years old. (Police have since identified Ryan's brother Adam as the real shooter.)

Nannette says her phone's been ringing off the hook for several hours -- accumulating as many as 21 voicemail messages per hour -- and reporters are still sitting outside her house.

Nannette tells us, she hasn't been able to get in touch with her son since news broke of the shooting -- but she insists that's because cell phones are prohibited at the correctional academy.

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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

oooooops!

675 days ago
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heather    

LET ME GUESS The KiLLER IS A RICH CRAZY WHITE KID

675 days ago
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SMASHED    

TMZ why don't you stick to your famewhore's with a thirty mile radius. Leave a crisis situation like this to real journalists.

You people suck.

675 days ago
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Carl    

On NPR they said they talked to a guy who went to school with Ryan Lanza and he absolutely did not believe the guy he knew was the shooter. I thought he was in denial, but maybe he was right!

675 days ago
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verlinda    

If this was his brother, how did the mother makes comments seeing she was killed also. Did they have different mothers? Horrible just plain horrible.

675 days ago
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George    

In my opinion, if the teachers would have access
to firearms, or any others in the past shootings
maybe the shooters would have been stopped.
God bless

675 days ago
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675 days ago
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CLINT    

Total chaos where the family name was put out, no wonder they were confused. We have become a society of uncaring, unfeeling nuts. I can only pray that this will wake people up to the fact that gun regulations are undersupervised and that there is a need for tighter rules and background checks.

675 days ago
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Nicoleasm    

20 small children..I can't even think those words without crying

675 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Great work by the mainstream media. You guys are awesome!! smh

675 days ago
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Missy    

TMZ again you're a moron it's already been stated the shooters mother worked at the school and was SHOT and KILLED AT THE SCHOOL. So how could she have spoken to anyone? Once again tmz posts BS without checking FACTS

675 days ago
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JenniferErinn31    

That's why the media needs to stfu! Raiding innocent people's homes that is. Completely absurd. Oohh these poor people. Those babies. I truly hope and pray for their healing.

675 days ago
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TigerLily    

Crazy Stupid!

675 days ago
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Mentok the Mind-Taker    

Didn't you hear? At first a SWAT team came to the home of Tony Danza. He lives next door to me in Hollywood Hills. He jumped in a taxi and sped off. Guess he has some explaining to do to the IRS too?

675 days ago
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DeltaWhiskey    

Missy, reread the article..the reporters are harrassing the wrong Ryan Lanza and HIS mother, not the actual shooter's mother.

675 days ago
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