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FILE - On the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, firefighters lower the town's flag on Main Street to half-staff in honor of the victims, in this Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, in Newtown, Conn. The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014. According to the report, an average of six shooting incidents occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to more than 16 per year in the last seven years of the study. That period included the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as last year's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in which a gunman killed 12 people before dying in a police shootout. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Today marks four years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting massacre


Four years ago today, a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six faculty members of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before killing himself.

Sandy Hook reopened this school year after it was completely rebuilt in the wake of the shooting. Newtown historically has not held an official memorial for the anniversary of the tragedy, but prayer services are planned and a counseling center will be open, ABC News reports. City offices will also hold 15 minutes of silence during the time the shooting occurred, 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Today marks four years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting massacre

WATCH  | Here's a look at the newly built school.

Gov. Dan Malloy ordered all flags at half-staff

Many shared tributes under the #SandyHook hashtag.


WATCH  | Earlier this month, a nonprofit made up of family members of victims of the shooting released a PSA on identifying signs of gun violence. You need to watch it twice.

Even years after the fact, a conspiracy theory that the shooting was staged persists.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, firearms training unit Detective Barbara J. Mattson, of the Connecticut State Police, holds up a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the same make and model of gun used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook School shooting, during a hearing of a legislative subcommittee, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. A judge on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Family members of victims sued Remington Arms Company, which made the gun Adam Lanza used in the shooting. The lawsuit was dismissed; the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects gunmakers when their guns are used for criminal acts.

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