Not long after Friday’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, media outlets began reporting the gunman’s identity as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, N.J.
His name and image quickly spread worldwide as the perpetrator of the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting. Facebook and Twitter lit up as people vented their fury at the man they believed was responsible.
In reality, Lanza was at work in New York City when the gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., some 60 miles away. A law enforcement official later identified his 20-year-old brother, Adam Lanza, as the culprit.
Ryan Lanza was interviewed by investigators but is not believed to have any connection to the killings.