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December 18th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Hartford Courant Reporter David Owens says "it could be months, certainly weeks" before Sandy Hook investigation offers solid answers

Authorities are currently investigating what could have caused the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to occur. They are digging deeper into the gun and computer use of the 20-year-old man responsible for the massacre. The gunman in the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting killed himself before anyone could get the reasons that compelled him to kill more than two dozen people. David Owens has been a crime reporter for the Hartford Courant for the past 18 years. He helped cover this story from the beginning. Owens joins us live from Hartford, Connecticut this morning with the latest on the investigation and the reaction from the community.

Although state police say they have obtained helpful evidence that “they believe will help lead them to an answer as to why this happened,” they are suggesting that concrete information will not be released for some time. Owens says an investigation into a previous shooting in Connecticut took a year before there were answers.  “I think it could be months, certainly weeks,” Owens says about this shooting. “The state police are not in a rush to get this done. They’ll take as long as it takes.”

Owens, who is familiar with the Newtown community, shares how much the tragedy has impacted people. "The whole state is mourning," Owens says. "And the more I talk to people about it, the more I find that people are linked somehow to this tragedy." Owens himself knows someone personally affected. A colleague of his told him Friday morning that his step-daughter, Lauren Rousseau, was a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. He'd asked Owens to be on the lookout for her when he was outside the school. "And of course, we found out later that she was one of the teachers who died."

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