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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -
Connecticut State Police are expected to investigate the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown for weeks to come. As it progresses, chilling details of what could have been are being released.
According to state police, 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.
During those 10 minutes, 20 children and six adults were shot and killed in the second deadliest school shooting in United States history.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said Lanza shot himself in the head when he heard police moving in.
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."
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.
Before his school rampage, Lanza killed his mother inside the home they shared together.
State police said Nancy Lanza's body was found in her bed and was shot four times in the head. Police said it appeared as though Nancy Lanza was sleeping when her son killed her.
He then stole his mother's car and drove the short distance to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Then, police said, he shot out the front window of a locked door and made his way into the building where he immediately started shooting.
"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."
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.
When asked if any of the victims suffered he simply responded, "If so, not for very long."
All six of the adults that were murdered inside the school were women.
Of the 20 children killed, 12 were girls and eight were boys.
As news of the mass shooting broke, words of support from around the world began pouring in. Words of comfort have been received from world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI.
Dozens of vigils have been held every night since the shooting. Thousands of mourners have been packing churches, synagogues, temples, town greens and makeshift memorials in front of local businesses and on people's front lawns.
Newtown is strong.
We are Connecticut.
The residents of Connecticut come together in times of heartbreak and will no doubt be there for all of the children who witnessed this unspeakable tragedy, as well as the families and the first responders who so valiantly and without hesitation made their way into that school when our children and teachers needed them most.
This is most apparent as more and more stories of heroic actions by teachers and students. Teacher Victoria Soto is being hailed as a hero for getting most of her students into a classroom closet before Lanza burst in and killed her and some of her students.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung was reportedly shot and killed by the assault riffle as she lunged at Lanza to try and overpower him.
Even the children inside the school showed how brave they were during the horrific ordeal.
Obama spoke of one little boy at the interfaith vigil at Newtown high School Sunday night. The brave little boy stood up for his fellow classmates and teachers saying, "I know karate. I'll lead the way out."
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