BREAKING: A law enforcement official is now saying the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza. -SS
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 14, 2012
As news of the the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut broke today, Twitter users erroneously confronted a Twitter user with the same name as the suspected shooter. The AP now reports even the name of the suspect was misidentified.
“With news of the horrendous elementary school shooting in Connecticut that has left 27 dead (at least 18 of them children), Twitter has erupted in a gun control debate. People are sad and angry and looking for a scapegoat. And unfortunately for @Ryan_Lanza, they found one. Some folks on Twitter have targeted a person with the same name as the killer, @Ryan_Lanza. This individual’s tweets give a depressed/loner vibe and its like chum to some angry people. But it isn’t him, folks.”
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