Authorities to confirm names of the 27 victims from Newtown school shooting massacre

Posted at 9:03 AM, Dec 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-15 12:32:54-05

In a press conference Saturday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said the names of the  27 victims from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown would be released later Saturday when the Medical Examiner’s Office finishes their investigation.

Another press conference will be held later Saturday, according to Lt. Vance, that would include the medical examiner, schools superintendent, town leaders.

Lt. Vance did not give up many more details about the investigation, but did say 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza had “forced his way into the school” and was not voluntarily allowed to enter the premises.

He also said his investigators found “a very good evidence” that would be crucial in painting a complete picture of the gunman and circumstances surrounding the massacre.

Among the victims were 20 children — 18 who were pronounced dead at the scene and two who died at the hospital — and six adults. The school’s assistant principal was shot in the leg, but survived and was being treated at Danbury Hospital.

Lt. Vance said she is doing fine and would be  instrumental in the investigation

Authorities  also confirmed Friday the school’s newly installed principal, 47-year-old Dawn Hochsprung, was  found dead.  School psychologist Mary J. Sherlach, 56, was also reported among the dead.

Police have already confirmed shooter Adam Lanza was found dead inside the school, and it is believed he took his own life.  He had killed his mother Nancy Lanza, 52, inside her nearby home just before traveling to the primary school.