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Connecticut School Shooter

Media May Have ID'd

Wrong Guy

12/14/2012 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1214_school_shooting_AP_articleNumerous TV news outlets and websites are scrambling after they named a man and showed his picture, claiming he was the shooter in the Connecticut school massacre, but it seems they had the wrong guy.

The outlets claimed Ryan Lanza killed at least 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including at least 20 children.  Some of the outlets also splashed his pic on the screen. 

Problem is ... it looks like Ryan Lanza isn't the shooter.  Someone began posting messages on Ryan's Facebook page denying he's the shooter, even saying "F**k you CNN.  It wasn't me."  FYI ... CNN didn't post the pic -- it was iReportCNN, a user-generated forum.

NBC reported they may have gotten the name wrong because the shooter had an ID in his pocket that made them believe Ryan Lanza was the culprit. 

Law enforcement sources now tell AP the shooter is Ryan's brother, Adam.

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Cujeaux    

They falsely reported that the father was shot dead as well.

642 days ago
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nickew515    

Thoughts

642 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Heard from doc at the hospital the cops were searching for a maroon van that fled the scene, with someone dressed as a nun inside.

642 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

They're now saying since they don't know if it was him or his brother, they're withholding any more names until they know for sure, which would have been a good idea in the first place. Responsible journalism at its best.

642 days ago
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CJ    

Local news here in CT now saying it was his younger brother who is 20 not him.

642 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

LOL "My Bad" don't be copying that nurse now......

642 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Really, TMZ? I suggest you stay the f*ck out of real news. Stick with what you think you know.

642 days ago
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Majestik    

Isn't there a law in place that stops the press from showing faces of young children? That little girl in the blue shirt looks absolutely horrified.

642 days ago
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mebrat24    

Each news agency wants to be first without double or triple check before they post. One does it and they all follow.

642 days ago
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heather    

Let me guess the killer is a white kid.... discusting wako. sooooo typical

642 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

many many crazy people in this country............

642 days ago
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LISA    

Oh dear God .... I just saw president Obama speaking about this. I am shocked and sickened - an elementary school??! WHY?? My thoughts and prayers to all the victims, their families, the surviving students, the faculty, the community, and everyone this has touched.

642 days ago
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Jay    

Huh I dont know why that Lindsay Lohan comment posted here. TMZ WTF is wrong with your site that was for Amanda Bynes.


Anyways what a media f*k up. That would suck having your face on the news for killing 30 people including kids when you didnt do anything wrong. This is so sad.

642 days ago
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Lena    

Man! It was just announced that it was the YOUNGER brother, Adam. Ryan has a right to be pissed. The two room mates of Adam Lanza were taken into custody, one in handcuffs. I wonder why. Probably it was Ryan who was cuffed. Poor guy. His brother kills his own mother, a bunch of innocent kids and maybe his father and then winds up getting his own brother cuffed and led away like a criminal. Sick bastard. Hope he rots in hell.
God I feel so bad for Ryan Lanza and the families of the deceased!

642 days ago
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Rose    

Too many crazy people in USA
Is sad :(

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