On December 14, 2012, a man wearing combat gear and armed with semiautomatic pistols and a semiautomatic rifle entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut, US, where he fatally shot 20 children and 7 adults. The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, age 20, most likely shot and killed himself during the incident. The gunman had earlier shot and killed his mother at their residence prior to the shooting at the school. Lanza's girlfriend has also been reported missing in New Jersey.
The US conspiracy theorist and the parent company for his Infowars website are on the hook for damages after spreading lies about the 2012 mass shooting.
Musk indicated that the death of his firstborn son had informed his decision not to reinstate the account of Jones, whose known for spreading conspiracy theories about school shootings.
The verdict is the second big judgment against the US conspiracy theorist for spreading the myth that the deadly school shooting never happened.
The sum for punitive damages comes on top of the US$4.1 million earlier awarded to parents of a victim in the 2012 massacre, which Jones had called a hoax.
The Infowars owner had claimed that mainstream media and gun-control activists fabricated the tragedy and that the shooting was staged using crisis actors.
Readers discuss how the experience of other countries shows gun safety legislation makes school massacres avoidable, and the regrettable way the US is exceptional.
The promoter of multiple debunked conspiracy theories has been sued for years by parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.
The incident in Knoxville, Tennessee, marked the latest in a rash of shootings across the United States since mid-March.
Many in the small community of Newtown are still struggling to cope with the magnitude of the tragedy.
Supreme Court judges turned away Remington Arms’ bid to be shielded from liability over the shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement on Sunday to call for increased scrutiny of firearms buyers.
Gunman Adam Lanza wore yellow ear plugs that muffled the screams of his victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School and he shot himself in the mouth after committing one of America's worst school massacres.
Hundreds solemnly gathered in Washington's National Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school massacre and demand tougher action to halt gun violence in the United States.
Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, on Wednesday released audio recordings of emergency 911 phone calls from the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six educators almost a year ago, revealing raw emotion in the voice of the callers.
The motivations of the gunman who killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, last year is still a mystery and may never be known with certainty, prosecutors said in a report that ended their investigation.
US President Barack Obama, his face set with rage, stood with families from Newtown and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords and asked how a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers - one supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans and a bipartisan majority of the Senate - had slipped away.
US lawmakers have dropped an effort to include a ban on assault weapons in a broader gun control package, conceding the difficulties of passing such legislation through Congress.
Protesters, backed by senior officials, marched in silence for around 30 minutes along the National Mall near the US Capitol and Washington Monument, carrying white placards marked with the names and pictures of gun crime victims.
An air raid on a town partly held by rebels on the outskirts of Damascus killed at least 12 members of the same family, most of them children. Warplanes bombed the town of Moadamiyet al-Sham, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The United Nations estimated more than 60,000 people have been killed in the civil war, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted in the 21-month-old conflict.
The body of the man who killed 26 people in the second-largest school shooting in US history has been claimed by his father. A spokesman for the family said yesterday Peter Lanza had claimed the remains of Adam Lanza, 20, who shot himself after the rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 in which he killed six adults and 20 children after slaying his mother.