Sandy Hook: New report reveals surprising details of shooter's life (Report PDF)

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Investigators have released a report on last year's shooting massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and it peels back the curtain on alleged shooter Adam Lanza's home life, where he got his weapons and even the surprising video games and books he enjoyed.

The summary of investigators' findings was written and released Monday by the prosecutor overseeing the probe, State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III.

The report was initially expected over the summer, but the projected release date was pushed back several times. Sedensky has come under pressure to release more information as the first anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre approaches.

The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He killed his mother at their Newtown home, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at the school, and killed himself as police arrived.

Among the report's findings:

  • Adam Lanza did not have a permit to carry a pistol, but all firearms investigated had been legally purchased by his mother, Nancy Lanza.
  • For Christmas, Nancy Lanza wrote out a check to her son for the purchase of a CZ 83 firearm.
  • Shooting was a pastime the whole Lanza family engaged in.
  • For some time, Lanza would only communicate with his mother via email — though they lived in the same house.
  • A search of the home and rooms he frequented found a number of video games, violent and nonviolent; a book titled “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcends Tragedy”; and news articles pertaining to shootings.
  • Lanza's body was found with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head and yellow-colored earplugs in each ear.
  • The report concludes that Lanza’s mental status offers no defense for his actions as evidence shows he knew his conduct to be unlawful.
  •  Lanza’s suicide, possession of material related to mass murders, his utilization of earplugs and his waiting for his mother’s return from New Hampshire are all being used as evidence he planned his actions and was cognizant of his crime.

Read the report below: 

Newtown, CT Sandy Hook School Shooting Final Report


With contributions from Nuran Alteir

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