Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

9 Things The Media Got Wrong About The Sandy Hook Shooting

Much of the initial information coming from news organizations was partially or entirely inaccurate.

Posted on December 17, 2012, at 6:14 p.m. ET

1. Nancy Lanza Worked At Sandy Hook Elementary School

2. Adam Lanza Used Handguns To Commit The Murders


He used a Bushmaster rifle.

3. Adam Lanza Was Buzzed In


He broke in through a window.

4. Adam Lanza's Girlfriend Was Missing


It is unclear if Adam Lanza even had a girlfriend.

5. Adam Lanza's Father Was Dead


He is alive and has released a statement of condolence.

6. Adam Lanza Had An Altercation With Sandy Hook Elementary Staff Members


His motive remains unknown.

7. A Possible Second Gunman Was In Custody

8. The Shooter Was Ryan Lanza

Police incorrectly told multiple media outlets that Ryan Lanza was the shooter, when in fact the shooter was Adam Lanza. More on this here.

9. How The Shooter Was Identified Incorrectly

One of these explanations must be incorrect.