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Friday 25 April 2014

Gunman's father tells of disbelief

The father of Adam Lanza said the family was 'grieving along with all those who have been affected' by the tragedy (AP)

The father of the gunman in the Connecticut school rampage says his family is struggling to make sense of what happened.

Peter Lanza said in a statement that "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy".

Investigators are trying to learn more about Mr Lanza's son, 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, who gunned down 26 people including 20 children at a Newtown elementary school after first killing his mother at their home.

They have questioned his older brother who is not believed to have been involved in the rampage.

Mr Lanza said: "No words can truly express how heartbroken we are," and that relatives are "in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can".

Nancy Lanza's brother, James Champion, a retired police captain in Kingston, New Hampshire, and other relatives also expressed their "heartfelt sorrow", adding: "The whole family is traumatised by this event."

Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing, issuing a statement on behalf of Mr Champion, said he would not discuss what might have triggered his nephew to go on the shooting spree.

Mr Downing said the family is trying to understand "the tremendous loss" of those in Newtown.

Press Association

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