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Ryan Lanza, Wrongly Named As Mass Murderer, Left To Grieve

Hoboken man learns his brother allegedly killed 27 people, including their mother.

Ryan Lanza was at his job in Manhattan on Friday when news outlets began to report that he allegedly had massacred 20 school children in a sleepy Connecticut town.

The reports said Lanza, a 24-year-old Quinnipiac University graduate, had murdered someone in his Hoboken apartment and then drove to Newtown, Conn., where he used a .223 caliber rifle to kill 27 people before turning the gun on himself.

The dead included his mother, Nancy, a kindergarten teacher.

Lanza's thoughts quickly went to his developmentally disabled younger brother, Adam, whom he began to fear was connected to the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School, friends said.

As media reports continued to connect Ryan Lanza to the shooting and plastered his face across world, he took to Facebook and told friends he was not the man responsible for the brutal slaying.

"Oh my god, I think my mother is dead," he wrote, a friend told Patch.

Ryan Lanza and his roommate were being questioned Friday night at Hoboken Police headquarters. Neither have been charged with any crime, Hoboken Police Captain Jim Fitzsimmons said.

"Ryan is in shock," a close friend, Brett Wilshe, told Patch.

Lanza works at a financial company in the city, Ernst & Young, and lives in a five-story brick building on Grand Street, known as "The Metropolitan."

Media outlets quickly scrambled to "The Metropolitan," where Hoboken police gathered with FBI agents. Initial reports said that someone was killed at the apartment and that Lanza's girlfriend was missing. As curiosity grew from onlookers and media members, police draped yellow police tape around the perimeter, closing both sides of Grand Street just after 2:30 p.m.

No bodies were found inside the building, Fitzsimmons said.

Lanza was planning to head to Connecticut after hearing about the shooting, friends told Patch.

Those who know the Hobokenite, described as "nice" and committed to his friends, were also shocked by the news.

"At first you're devastated that 30 people were shot to death," friend Katie Colaneri told Patch. "And then you find out (people were claiming it's) someone that you know, that you've met, that you've hugged. And you don't know whether to feel angry or sad. You find out your friend is alive but caught up in this mess. It's incredible."

"He's not a guy capable of shooting up a school," another friend of Ryan's told Patch Friday afternoon.

Patch Local Editor Paul Milo contributed to this story. 

frank rizzo December 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
oh and by the way barney fife lanza's mother was a registered republican and as you can see was a really responsible gun owner. maybe you better ask andy before you type any more brilliant comments. "andeeee"
Bill December 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
"acts tough on the keyboard making sure he gets all his tough guy comments in" Kettle , meet the pot.
Bill December 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Um yes I know. But I figured with your limited comprehensions skills if I posted anything with more details you'd get confused. Parents always taught me to be kind to the handicapped. Is it safe to assume you believe the info on Timothy McVeigh? Here, maybe you can handle this light reading on the Bath school killings. http://www.michmarkers.com/startup.asp?startpage=S0631.htm "Cheese eater" - Ha, yeah, tons of us in Moorestown. Just living off the government.
Schu December 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM
No such thing as an assault rifle, is a made up word used by liberals to scare Americans into thinking guns are evil.
Joe R December 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
That horrible school bombing in Bath, Michigan, happened in 1927. The man planned this attack for months and planted explosives in the school over a period of months. Do we have school bombings or any kind of bombings every few months as we do these mass shootings? NO. Nancy Lanza was a gun nut, she loved guns, she taught her son how to shoot, got him training and went to shooting ranges. The gun lovers posting here are saying that we should regulate everything else but not guns. We should do something about the violent media but do nothing to guns or the ammo. Talking about cars/bombs/knives/bricks/toasters/pools, etc., is a separate discussion and is like comparing apples to oranges. Bringing up the 1927 school bombing is a deflection, a red herring because these gunlovers love their guns more than life itself a la Nancy Lanza. I am not for banning all guns, no one is talking about banning all guns, that's another straw man crap garbage deflection.
BN December 24, 2012 at 09:58 PM
1911 – Turkey disarmed its citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians. 1929 – Russia disarmed its citizens, and between 1929 – 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians. 1935 – China disarmed its citizens, and between 1948 – 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese. 1938 – Germany disarmed its citizens, and between 1939 – 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews. 1956 – Cambodia disarmed its citizens, and between 1975 – 1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people. 1964 – Guatemala disarmed its citizens, and between 1964 – 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians. 1970 – Uganda disarmed its citizens, and between 1971 – 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians. Do you trust OUR government? I don't.
concernedmomof2 December 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The mom must have been off her rocker too to have all these guns in here house knowing her kid was mentally unstable.... Someone needs to be accountable for these actions...Maybe the dad should pay...he knew his son was unstable,,, And for the MEDIA....it was lets see what kid we can get on camera right after this happened...and I BLAME THE PARENTS FOR ALLOWING THERE KIDS TO BE ON TV...... I think some of you need to be in the medical field before you post judgement on ill ppl...and saying the dad is a lucky guy for getting out....He is just a father cause it takes a real man to be a daddy and care for his child well being...Ray must not have kids cause you obviously live in a self absorbed bubble..... May those sweet babies RIP...sadly i knew one of the little girls...RIP sweet angel Catherine Hubbard xoxoxo
Barney December 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Wonderful post!
Joe R December 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM
All garbage, no one is talking about disarming the country. This is really getting stupid and old. NO ONE here has called for disarming the country and yet the yahoos keep bringing it up. Germany disarmed its citizens? They still had access to hunting rifles unless you were a persecuted minority. Ever heard of the Volkssturm? Towards the end of the war Hitler armed old men and teens with all kinds of weapons but I digress. No one is calling for disarming Americans or banning all guns, for the millionth time.
Joe R December 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
BN, another fear mongering phoney baloney talking nonsense. No one is even remotely talking about banning all guns or disarming the country. Utter crap. Horrible post!
Barney December 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Guns don't kill people, Democrat rappers do.
Barney December 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Spike Lee could care less about the kids and the release of the new blood thirsty liberally produced film "Django" He cares only about is people. Typical URBAN LIBERAL. "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," he wrote on Twitter. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say," he explained. "I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it." Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/spike-lee-outraged-django-unchained-article-1.1226762#ixzz2G0pJ7I7F Barney and family
BN December 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Alinsky's Rule 12: Destroy the Individual RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.) Typical M.O. Of liberals.
BN December 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
...and durn Kennedy's too.
BN December 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Why did the federal government purchase $4.6 million dollars worth of hollow point ammo for domestic use? https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=311eb3ee003671285de8db1036b2b255&tab=core&tabmode=list&=
BN December 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Jesus Joe, read your own words....THE END OF THE WAR. As in, when all hope was lost and it was evident the Allies would be victorious. It was a last ditch effort to save a totalitarian government that failed...like they all do.
Joe R December 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM
BN is comparing the US to extreme totalitarian regimes, utter nonsense. No one is for disarming all Americans, no one is for banning all weapons. Not even close, BN and his ilk are engaging in shameless fear mongering for the weak minded and the Limbaugh listeners.
Joe R December 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
>>"Why did the federal government purchase $4.6 million dollars worth of hollow point ammo for domestic use?"<< Are you against hollow point bullets? Why are you so concerned about hollow point bullets and not regualr bullets??? Do you think hollow point bullets should be banned? The government is also purchasing tanks, fighter jets, machine guns, aircraft carriers, drones, bullets other than hollow points, etc. Oh good, BN is for banning hollow point bullets.
Project Bluebeam December 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
http://globetribune.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Gun-Control-1.jpg
frank rizzo December 25, 2012 at 05:45 AM
yeah tons of bad guys too. including taliban commanders baitullah mashud, noordin muhammed, saleh ali somali , abdul ghani berader , al queda chief of operations abu al shahri all top of the food chain terrorists not to mention anwar alawki the guy responsible for millions of people carrying their shoes in their hands in every airport in the world right now. the last thing all these murderers saw was a drone that said " made in the usa" on the side of it. what do you propose to get rid of bad guys bluebeam ? maybe an angry letter to the editor? . did i mention bin laden? . will someone please give barney fife a smack to the back of the head i think the tape saying "english please" is stuck.
frank rizzo December 25, 2012 at 05:52 AM
joe isnt it funny how the hee haw crowd like bn , mtnwers and barney fife here have their panties all in a bunch worrying about the federal govt buying ammo but have no problem with those like the movie theatre shooter ordering thousands of rounds as well as the 100 round drum he used to kill people simply using a credit card online? no one is stopping anyone owning a hand gun but all these goobers have proven so far is every gun permit should only be handed out after an IQ test, drug and mental eval as well.
wookfish December 25, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Rizzo how many children die each time there is a drone strike? oh it doesn't matter as long as we get the bad guy? and now old purple lips wants to send troops to Africa to protect his extended family and cover his ass for not doing anything in Libya to protect our people.you libs take the cake..the free cake that is..I hope you choke on it
milton McC December 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Cut to the chase here. Some do and some do not like guns. If you ddon't like guns you say ban the guns. If you do like guns you say don't ban the guns. In the end the pro gun factions says protect the schools and kids with guns. The anti gun faction says protect the schools and kids with guns,
Barney December 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The LIBERAL JUDGES need to lock these murderers up the first time. The libs are panzies. One year of prison for manslaughter, then he goes out and kills another guy with an illegal gun. LIBERALISM is a disease of the worst kind. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/25/us/washignton-bar-shooting/ B-LISH
Monk December 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
An interesting summary, Milton. Only, the call to ban guns turns out to be a knee-jerk, scapegoating of lawful gun owners with no direct benefit to schools and kids.
Project Bluebeam December 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Obama's drone strikes kill more innocent children than legal US gun owners.
frank rizzo December 25, 2012 at 07:04 PM
barney fife even on christmas you still spew your vile hate . sad . guess you got a coal in your stocking. lol
Barney December 25, 2012 at 07:45 PM
English please. We live in America, not Haiti.
Barney December 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
English????????????????????
frank rizzo December 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
here it is christmas day and sad little barney fife sits alone in his trailer home without any friends or family spewing his hate. sad little barney.

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