School massacre motive unclear

A report into the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the US state of Connecticut has suggested that the gunman's motives "may never be answered conclusively". Adam Lamza killed 20 students, six staff and his mother.

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Hero teacher's family: 'Report yet another blow to us'

The family of Victoria Soto, a teacher who shielded her students before being shot to death by Adam Lanza, said the release of the report into the massacre is "yet another blow that our family has been dealt."

Victoria Soto was killed while trying to protect her pupils.

"While others search for the answer as to why this happened, we search for the how. How can we live without Vicki? How do we celebrate Christmas without Vicki? Those are the questions we seek the answers for. There is nothing in the report that will answer those for us," the family statement said.


Violent video games & guns in school shooter's room

Adam Lanza kept violent video games and articles describing various mass-shootings in his bedroom, the report into the Sandy Hook massacre revealed.

Adam Lanza's home in Connecticut Credit: Connecticut State report
Investigators found a large number of firearms in the home. Credit: Connecticut State report

Previously unseen images from inside the gunman's home show more guns and ammunition as well as edged weapons, knives, swords and spears. The photographs also show Lanza's bedroom windows taped over with black bin bags.

Lanza covered the windows in his bedroom with bin bags. Credit: Connecticut State report

US school gunman was carrying 253 ammunition rounds

Adam Lanza had 253 live rounds on his body when police found him dead in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed 26 people, including 20 children in the attack, firing 154 rounds.

Ammunition found on Lanza’s body

He carried nearly 14 kilograms worth of guns and ammunition, a State Attorney report into the Sandy Hook shootings revealed.

All of firearms Lanza used in the attack were purchased legally by his mother, the report said.

Lanza 'undoubtedly had mental health problems'

A report into the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has concluded gunman Adam Lanza was "undoubtedly afflicted with mental health problems" and had a "fascination with mass shootings".

Adam Lanza shot dead 20 pupils and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a matter of minutes.

The report, prepared by the State Attorney, says: "Those who knew the shooter describe him in contradictory ways. He was undoubtedly afflicted with mental health problems; yet despite a fascination with mass shootings and firearms, he displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies.

"In some contexts he was viewed as having above-average intelligence; in others below-average.

"Some recalled that the shooter had been bullied; but others – including many teachers – saw nothing of the sort. With some people he could talk with them and be humorous; but many others saw the shooter as unemotional, distant, and remote."


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