Conflicting reports of Connecticut shooter’s identity

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.

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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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