Search warrants released Thursday have provided more details about Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza. When police investigated Lanza’s home, they found an arsenal of weapons, including a bayonet, guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells and several swords. Investigators also found an NRA guide to pistol shooting in addition to books about autism and Asperger's syndrome.
In a statement accompanying the release of the warrants, State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said that Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building. Lanza was found dead in the school wearing a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing.
Sedensky says Lanza used a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle to kill all 26 victims before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. Apparently Lanza had three 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster and another loaded handgun in his possession. Lanza drove a Honda Civic to the school, which had a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with ammo in the glove compartment, reports CBS News.
In addition to the weapons at the house, police discovered other disturbing things at Lanza’s home. He had articles about other school shootings and a holiday card from his mother, Nancy Lanza, containing a check made out to him for the purchase of a firearm. Authorities also discovered handwritten notes containing the addresses of local gun shops.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy took the release of the warrants as a chance to call for stricter gun laws. “We knew that these weapons were legally purchased under our current laws,” Malloy said. “I don’t know what more we can need to know before we take decisive action to prevent gun violence. The time to act is now.”
Prior to today’s official release of information regarding the shooting, Malloy was upset that classified details about the incident had leaked out.
"Like many others, I was disappointed and angered to learn that certain information about the Newtown shooting had been leaked, specifically with concern for the victims' families who may have been hearing this news for the first time," the governor said in a statement.