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A woman pays respects at a memorial outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman allegedly killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Police, teachers describe Connecticut shooter's path through Newtown school

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By Edmund H. Mahony and Dave Altimari , Hartford Courant

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of the shooting and crime scene.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He fired a half-dozen thunderous rounds from a semi-automatic rifle to open a hole big enough to step through in one of the school’s glass doors.

Once inside, he had to make a choice.

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