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Connecticut School Shooter

Media May Have ID'd

Wrong Guy

12/14/2012 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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This dude is gonna get PAID!! Sue the **** outta them!!

656 days ago


Shut the **** up TMZ. The last thing this person wants is for further news places to spread his falsely-accused name.

656 days ago


that's the problem these days, NO ONE checks the facts before reporting. it's the sad state of journalism these days.

656 days ago


Oh please... that guy knows it's his family. You didn't do it but your brother sure as hell did!!!!!

656 days ago


Poor guy. He has enough to deal with without this cr@p being added to it.

656 days ago


Please look at the FB page that you are quoting from, TMZ. There were several pages that were created TODAY. Both Lanza brothers have been tied to this shooting in one way or another. This is tragic.

656 days ago


CNN reported that the shooter killed his brother too in a home, not sure if that's true or not.

656 days ago


what he should have done is gone to the police rather then prattle on about CNN.. first of all everyone makes mistakes. and at one point you nor anyone else know what is in that car.. and on the person who is now dead.. his brother.. he could have something on him to give the police info in thinking that it was Ryan. the fact that the friends are telling him to sue CNN .. i hate. think about the children who are dead.. the police told the kids to not look.. little kids not too look.. how is that not going to effect those little very young kids.. Ryan and his friends need to pull there heads out of there asses and look around.. at the loss.. of the families

656 days ago


Everyone is in such a hurry nowadays to be the "first" to break news that they get it so terribly wrong.

656 days ago

Jay W.     

There are some very sick people out there. This is about as dark as it gets. Tragedy for all.

656 days ago


It was Adam Lanza. I'm sure this Kevin Lanza was Adam's brother since his Facebook has him living where it took place...too big of a coincidence

656 days ago


WTG NBC nothing like getting a innocent person lynched : /

656 days ago


It's amazing that with all these shootings, the jerk off is white.

656 days ago


Freakin media idiots.

656 days ago


Hang on a minute - you've goofed as well, because that isn't even the brother of Adam Lanza - that is a completely DIFFERENT Ryan Lanza - unrelated and connected with the shooting. Why can't you people CHECK YOUR FACTS FIRST?

656 days ago
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