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Newtown Gunman Adam Lanza Was a Huge Fan of Violent Video Games

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Connecticut police have discovered thousands of dollars worth of violent video games Newton, Conn., gunman Adam Lanza's home.

According to The Daily News, investigators are looking into whether Lanza was replaying a scenario from one of the games when he mercilessly killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

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Thus far attempts to gain insight into Lanza’s exact mindset before the shooting have been difficult because he destroyed the hard drive of his computer beforehand. It’s not known what was on that ruined drive, but it is clear that Lanza had a fondness for video games. During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, dozens, if not hundreds, of violent games were discovered.

Lanza, who had Asperger’s syndrome, has been described by family friends as a loner. According to reports, he was a young man who isolated himself in his bedroom for hours. Since he had so many games, police have been working on the theory that Lanza was emulating a video game scenario during his rampage in Newtown.

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People with Asperger’s are known to have serious difficulty with social interactions, but there is no evidence that supports that Lanza’s condition had anything to do with the shooting spree.

Some have speculated that one of the violent games Lanza loved to play may have been “Call of Duty,” an intense first-person style shooting game that is set during World War II.

Had Lanza not destroyed his hard drive, police would obviously have a better idea as to how big Lanza’s obsession with violent video games really was.

Source: (The Daily News)