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Police warn of social media hoaxes in US shooting

Published on Dec 17, 2012 6:13 AM
A man pauses in front of a U.S. flag bearing the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in the town center of Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - Authorities investigating the deadly US school shooting warned on Sunday of misinformation circulating on social media about the massacre.

Those spreading such fake details could be subject to arrest, Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police told reporters in the wake of Friday's attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people - including 20 children between the ages of six and seven.

The rampage in the peaceful rural community north-east of New York City rattled the country and sparked a frantic search for answers.

"All information relative to this case is coming from these microphones and any information coming from other sources cannot be confirmed and, in many cases, it has been found as inaccurate," Lt Vance said.

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