The alleged gunman in this morning’s horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. And in their rush to learn more about Lanza, they turned to Facebook:
“Unconfirmed” is the operative word.
It appears that they may have shone the spotlight on the wrong man:
It’s the media’s job to inform the public, and in order to do so, they need to rigorously check their facts.
The Facebook page has since been taken down:
But the damage may already be done.
The media’s rush to finger the shooter may have made this horrible story even messier. Numerous outlets are now reporting that the shooter was in fact 20-year-old Adam Lanza and that Ryan Lanza is currently in police custody.
The mistake may have been the result of law enforcement officials’ error:
One thing is definitely certain: only the most extreme caution will do.