Adam Lanza, who carried out a massacre of children at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary school, had accumulated an arsenal that included pistols, rifles, revolvers, shotguns, swords, knives and other “cutting instruments,” according to search warrants released on March 28th.
The documents also stated that Lanza’s deadly rampage took no longer than five minutes from the time Lanza forced his way into the school to when he turned a gun on himself. The Dec. 14 assault left 20 children and six adults dead.
Five previously sealed search warrants were released today for Lanza’s home, which he shared with his mother Nancy Lanza, and car. Nancy Lanza, 52, was the first victim of her son’s shooting spree. The documents represent the fullest picture yet of the shooting.
The 20-year-old shooter went to Sandy Hook Elementary school where he shot his way into the building and killed 20 children and six adults with a Bushmaster .223 caliber model XM15 rifle. The Bushmaster was loaded with a 30-round capacity magazine. Fourteen rounds were in the magazine when the Bushmaster was recovered by police. There was one round in the chamber.
The shooter took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 10 mm handgun. He also had a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun with him. He also had three magazines for the Bushmaster, each containing 30 rounds, and additional ammo for the handguns.
When the carnage was over, police counted 154 spent bullet casings.
The warrants also say police found computers and gaming devices.
The FBI interviewed a “citizen witness,” whose name is redacted in the documents, who said Lanza “rarely leaves his home.” The person said Lanza was “a shut in and an avid gamer who plays Call of Duty, amongst other games.”
There were also books that included “Look Me in the Eye – My life with Aspergers,” “Born on a Blue Day – Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant,” and “NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting.”
Police recovered the NRA certificates of both Nancy and Adam Lanza. Adam Lanza’s was found in a duffel bag that also contained 50 rounds for a .22 caliber rifle and other ammo, ear protection, eye protection, binoculars and numerous paper targets.
There were nine knives, three swords of varying lengths and a BB gun.
In addition, police discovered personal notes, memoirs and thoughts collected by Lanza, including seven journals and drawings by Lanza. There were also newspaper clippings, drawings and medical bills police have been scrutinizing to develop a psychological profile of the gunman.
Among the newspaper clippings recovered was a New York Times article on from February 2008 about a school shooting at Northern Illinois University.
A recovered holiday card from Nancy Lanza to Adam Lanza contained a Bank of America check made out to him for the purchase of a firearm.
The guns use in the shooting were apparently all purchased by Nancy Lanza. The gun locker at the Lanza home was open when police arrived, according to authorities. It was unlocked and there was no indication that it had been broken into.
Cover-Up of Adam Lanza Link to Psychotropic Drugs?
Paul Joseph Watson
Books about Asperger syndrome and autism were found in the home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, although search warrants released today made no mention of any medication being discovered despite reports that Lanza was taking pharmaceutical drugs.
According to NBC News, the books found were “Look at Me: My Life with Asperger’s” and “Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant.” The search warrant documents can be read here (PDF). Some sections have been redacted.
The search warrant makes reference to “medical papers,” but contains no information on any pills or other pharmaceutical products being found, despite the document making clear that “psychiatric records” and “prescriptions” constitute evidence pertaining to the charge of murder.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre, it was divulged that Lanza suffered from Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction.
Although there is no cure, the symptoms of Asperger’s are commonly treated with Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), psychotropic drugs that have been linked with violent outbursts.
Almost every mass shooter in recent history was taking or had just come off one form of psychotropic medication, a connection that is routinely downplayed by the establishment and the media, who in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy instead blamed the massacre on the second amendment.
Indeed, the primary media talking point to emerge out of the release of the search warrant is the fact that Lanza had a National Rifle Association membership certificate. The press has remained largely mute on any inquiry as to what medication Lanza was taking.
Court filings in the murder case against James Holmes released in January revealed that police seized four bottles of prescription drugs from the ‘Batman’ shooter’s home shortly after the Aurora massacre, although the identity of the drug was withheld and the press failed to follow up on the story.
In Lanza’s case, Louise Tambascio, a family friend of the shooter and his mother, told 60 Minutes, “I know he was on medication and everything….I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”
The media’s obsession with blaming the Sandy Hook tragedy on gun rights has meant questions surrounding what medication Lanza was on and whether it contributed to his rampage have remained unanswered.
Another familiar culprit for mass shootings – violent video games – has also cropped up again in the details of the search warrant.
“An FBI report included in the search warrants said that Lanza rarely left home, considered himself a shut-in and was an avid gamer who played “Call of Duty,” a first-person shooter game,” reports NBC.