News Orgs Circulate Facebook Profile, Photos of Unconfirmed Shooter
Posted: 12/17/2012 | By: Jeff Sonderman | Poynter
Reporters and producers around the country, frantically searching for
information online about the alleged school shooter and found what
seemed like a match. Ryan Lanza, 24, was believed responsible for the deaths of 27 people in Newtown, Conn., at the Sandy Hook elementary school.
The Facebook profile showed a Ryan Lanza from Newtown, Conn., who
currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., and is a male who looks like he’s in
his 20s. It fits the police description, so countless news orgs ran with
it in stories and tweets.
Problem is, it seems to be the wrong guy.