fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members.
Prior to driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home.
What Jessi Colter remembers about the Highwaymen is how sane and normal they so often were. Colter is the widow of the late Waylon Jennings, who in 1985 joined up with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson to form the Highwaymen.
For the next decade, off and on, they made music together.
Hammond was hit first in the leg, and then sustained another gunshot wound.
She lay still in the hallway and then, not hearing any more noise, crawled back to the conference room and pressed her body against the door to keep it closed.
“I wanted to do some things that were a little bit bold. Even though it was initially intended for a male to sing, it felt like it could be really fitting for me as well.” And regardless, trying to let go of a painful relationship is near-universal human experience, not just a male one.
As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, including proposals for making the background-check system universal, and for new federal and state gun legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition.
This was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U. history and the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U. A November 2013 report issued by the Connecticut State Attorney's office concluded that Lanza acted alone and planned his actions, but no evidence collected provided any indication as to why he did so, or why he targeted the school. Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were meeting with other faculty members when they heard, but did not recognize, gunshots.
It was nominally country music, "but it was really American music," says Colter, drawn from a deep well.
Fans can now get a double dose of Highwaymen memories, with a PBS "American Masters" documentary called .
A nine-year-old boy stated that he heard the shooter say: "Put your hands up! " He also heard many people yelling and many gunshots over the intercom, while he, his classmates, and his teacher took refuge in a closet in the gymnasium.