Newtown Gunman Photo Released By Connecticut College Shows Bug-Eyed Adam Lanza

The Newtown gunman appears in a photo releases this week by a Connecticut college looking wide-eyed, with accompanying paperwork adding questions to the history of the troubled 20-year-old.

Western Connecticut State University released the Newtown gunman photo, showing Adam Lanza with his eyes bugged out wearing what appears to be a trenchcoat. Lanza attended the school several years ago, taking his last class in 2009.

Along with the photo Western Connecticut State University also released records about Lanza’s time there. In one document, Lanza said he had no documented disabling condition. Lanza, who went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead, was believed to have been diagnosed with Asperger’s.

In the records released by Western Connecticut State University, Lanza also declined to answer a question about his gender and how he described himself.

The Newtown gunman photo is released as more details have emerged about the sheltered and disturbed life of Adam Lanza. Investigators found that he lived with his mother in their Connecticut home amid a large stockpile of weapons including more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition and a stockpile of firearms.


At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Lanza used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S semiautomatic rifle and fired 154 shots, police said.

Police said it also appeared that Lanza put meticulous planning into his shooting rampage, keeping newspaper clippings of a school shooting at Northern Illinois University and a spreadsheet of potential targets and kill totals from other shootings.

Interviewers also found that his mother, Nancy Lanza, was worried that Adam was walling himself off in a basement, playing violent video games. Still, she gave him access to guns and even wrote a check to him so he could buy another gun.

The Newtown gunman photo is released as families have begun to seek more details from Lanza’s family. In March, Alissa and Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie was killed in the shooting, met with Peter Lanza to learn more about his son’s health.