Investigators said Saturday morning [December 15] that they have made significant progress in the investigation of the Connecticut elementary school shooting that led to the deaths of 20 children and 6 adults and may be close to discovering a motive.
Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance:
“Our investigators at the crime scene, the school, and secondarily, at the secondary crime scene that we discussed where the female was located deceased did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and more importantly why this occurred."
The investigation has been running around the clock since the attack Friday morning in the small town of Newtown Connecticut. According to police all the victims have been identified and their names will be released later Saturday.
The gunman has been identified by police officials as Adam Lanza, 20, a resident of Newtown who attended the elementary school as a child. Officials reported that Lanza first killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, and that the guns he used were licensed under her name.
NBC News has reported that Connecticut and Federal officials have told them Lanza had an “altercation” with four staff members the day before the shooting. Three of those staff members were among the victims and a fourth was not at the school that day.
As for how the gunman entered the school officials would only say that he had forced his way in.
Again, Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance:
"We have established the point of entry. I can tell you it was - it's believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all, that he forced his way into the school but that's as far as we can go on that,"