Adam Lanza Identified as Gunman in Connecticut Shooting

Woman speaking with state police at the scene

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updated 12/14/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 12/14/2012 AT 5:30 PM ET

As authorities continue to investigate Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., details are beginning to emerge about the alleged gunman.

A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that the shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

Although Adam Lanza wasn’t named during a Friday afternoon press conference, Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told reporters, “The shooter is deceased inside the building.”

Vance put the death toll at 28 total: 20 children, six adults, the gunman and his mother.

There were conflicting reports about whether his mother, Nancy Lanza, had a connection to the school. She was variously identified as a kindergarten teacher, substitute teacher, employee and having no ties to the school at all.

Nancy Lanza was found dead at a residence in town, CNN reports.

Lanza’s brother, Ryan, and their father was taken into custody for questioning by police in New Jersey, but were not named as suspects.

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