Facebook Blunder: Media Posts the Picture of the Wrong Adam Lanza

An innocent man has his photo shared 14,000 times on Facebook, is getting hate mail

By on December 15th, 2012 09:19 GMT

Ryan Lanza, the brother of the Newtown, Connecticut shooter, was originally pinpointed as the gunman. Since then, the news broke that 20-year-old Adam Lanza is the one that opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It didn't take long for media outlets to collect the picture of one Lanza from Facebook and plaster it online. The only problem is that it was the wrong Lanza, an innocent, very much alive Lanza.

“It wasn't me!,” wrong Lanza keeps writing on Facebook. “It wasn't me, I was at work,” “I'm on the bus home now, it wasn't me,” and “Shut the [expletive] up it wasn't me,” are just some of his posts, as read above.

Lanza is another man traumatized by the event, as he has been receiving a lot of hate mail. His picture was shared 14,000 times on Facebook in one night, many identifying him as the shooter.

“So aperently im getting spammed bc someone with the same name as me killed some ppl.,” he describes.

It seems that the whole thing started as the gunman was carrying his brother's ID with him, USA Today clarifies. However, this Lanza, who was born in Connecticut but lives in Hoboken, just shares the last name with the deranged individual who shot 27 people in Newtown.

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Ryan Lanza' Facebook profile shows he is not the Newtown shooter
   Ryan Lanza' Facebook profile shows he is not the Newtown shooter