Vance: It breaks our heart we couldn't save them all
White balloons decorate the sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a Connecticut State Trooper stands guard at the school's entrance (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Candles, balloons, stuffed animals and personal notes are placed on a memorial for the victims (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A message of thanks and prayer is displayed outside a home (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A personal note from a child is placed on a memorial for the victims (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Suspected shooter Adam Lanza
NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -
In an unfortunate daily occurrence, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance held a news conference in regards to the latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting investigation.
The news conference was held as the first funerals for Newtown's tiny victims got under way on Monday. Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both 6 years old, were laid to rest Monday following private services for family and friends of the little boys.
More funerals have also been announced for the coming days for all of the victims. Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother as she slept in her bed and went to the school where he proceeded to shoot and kill 20 children, between the ages of 6 and 7, and six adults before shooting himself in the head.
At his news conference Monday morning, Vance said he has assigned additional troopers to stand guard at each of the funerals to ensure safety and privacy so family and friends can mourn in peace.
He also mentioned that there are "many, many witnesses" to the horror that unfolded Friday morning in the small, tight-knit community of around 27,000.
He also said there were survivors.
"We know two adults were injured and are still recovering from the gunshot wounds they received," Vance said.
Vance assured the public that while interviewing children about what took place inside the school, the interviews would be conducted with the utmost respect and care.
As the interviews with witnesses and survivors continue, Vance said the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit has been working 24 hours a day, and will continue to do so "indefinitely."
The school and Lanza's home have both been labeled as crime scenes, and as a result, both locations are being held by Connecticut State Police, which is a common practice, and both locations could be held by investigators for months.
According to officials, shooter Adam Lanza, 20, had hundreds of rounds of unused, especially deadly ammunition that raises the possibility the mass killing could have been much worse, if he was given the chance.
The shooting lasted about 10 minutes.
"It breaks our hearts that we couldn't save them all," Vance said.
The weapons used in the second-deadliest school shooting in United States history included a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type weapon with high capacity magazines, a Glock 10 millimeter and a Sig Sauer 9 millimeter.
State police said hundreds of unused bullets were at the school.
"There was a lot of ammo," Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said. "Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved."
During a news conference Monday afternoon Governor Dannell Malloy said.,""These guns are not used to hunt deer. I support 2nd Amendment but this stuff is too easy to own."
According to the chief medical examiner, the type of ammunition found was a type designed to expand its energy from within the victim's body to inflict as much damage as possible.
At the Monday news conference, Vance said anything and everything at both crimes scenes will be processed for evidence, and that includes the unused ammunition.
"That weaponry is going to be completely examined in the forensic laboratory," Vance said. "It's going to be historically searched, so we can attempt to determine the path those tactical weapons took since they were manufactured."
Vance said investigators are still trying to piece together a possible motive for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"A motive, that will come as we finish our investigation," he said. "We don't have a specific reason why this occurred, but we will."
According to Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver, all of the victims were shot with a rifle, some of them at close range, and all were shot more than once.
Carver said some of the victims were shot up to 11 times.
Malloy became emotional during his Monday news conference telling reporters how he notified victims' families.
"It was evident to me that there was a reluctance to tell parents and loved ones that the person they were waiting for was not going to return," Malloy said. "I made the decision that to have that go on any longer was wrong."
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