The Sandy Hook report is complete and released to the public. While the report provides details about the twisted crime, the victims’ families will not find the answers they need. Unfortunately, nobody will ever know what prompted 20-year-old Adam Lanza to walk into the elementary school and kill twenty children and six adults.
On December 14, 2012, Lanza shot and killed his mother in her home. He then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He walked into the building with a gun and started shooting. When he was done, he turned the gun on himself and ended his life.
Nearly a year later, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III has released his official report on the incident.
Authorities determined that the children and adults killed inside the school were shot with a Bushmaster rifle. Lanza then used a Glock 20 to commit suicide.
In the course of investigation, authorities recovered numerous weapons, including a Bushmaster model, XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle, a Glock 20, 10 mm semi-automatic pistol, a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, a Izhmash Saiga-12, a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun, and a Savage Mark II rifle.
As stated in the Sandy Hook report, authorities concluded that all weapons and ammunition were purchased by Lanza’s mother.
Although another man was located and handcuffed in the woods outside the school, he was later released. According to the report, he was determined to be uninvolved in the crime. Authorities concluded that Lanza planned and carried out the massacre alone.
Officials determined Lanza committed numerous crimes during his rampage. The crimes outlined in the Sandy Hook report include 26 counts of murder under special circumstances, two counts of attempted murder under special circumstances, and one count of murder.
Authorities concluded that there was no clear motive for the shooting. However, Lanza did premeditate the massacre and his own suicide.
Although they cannot conclude what Lanza was thinking, authorities noted that he had a history of “mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and interact with others,” including his family.
The report states that Lanza did receive treatment for his mental health issues. However, the mental health professionals who treated him did not note anything “that would have predicted his future behavior.”
Lanza displayed an interest in firearms, mass murders, and serial killers. Although he was interested in killings, investigators concluded that he never “voiced or gave any indication to others that he intended to commit such a crime himself.”
The Sandy Hook report contains many details about what happened in December 14, 2012. Unfortunately, there is little indication why.
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