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Conflicting reports of Connecticut shooter’s identity

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UPDATE: Authorities in Connecticut aren’t yet positively identifying the shooter in the Newtown school massacre. CNN has identified him as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of Hoboken. However, a police source has told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that the shooter was his brother, Adam Lanza, and that Ryan was taken in for questioning.

Two men officially described by Hoboken police as roommates were reportedly taken into custody at the five-story apartment building at 1313 Grand Avenue, where at leaset one of the Lanza brothers lived.

However, a police source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that one other person was scooped up — 27-year-old Ryan Lanza.

(Ryan Lanza was initially identified by CLIFFVIEW PILOT and other media as the gunman. But  CLIFFVIEW PILOT corrected that report with this  update.)

Just before 2 p.m., county and city officers entered the apartment building as a crowd of media members and other onlookers gathered.

Authorities waited for federal agents, who swept the apartment with a remote-controlled device around 3 p.m.

“They were afraid of another incident like in Colorado, where the guy booby-trapped his apartment,” a law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

The apartment was declared safe soon afterward.

Twenty-six people were killed this morning in Newtown, many of them in a kindergarten class.

The call for help came in around 9:30 for “a potential active shooter situation,” a Connecticut State Police spokesman said this afternoon. They said they found the shootings had taken place in two rooms in one section of the school.

Those rescued were taken to a staging area. Eighteen children and six adults were pronounced dead at the school; two children died at the hospital.

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