Middletown, Ct. - State police released thousands of pages of heavily redacted material in a conclusion to its investigation of the multiple murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
The report portrays a killer who stalked the hallways and classrooms, killing his victims as he swept through the building, then abruptly ended his life within moments after armed police arrived.
Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza, a young man the report stresses was obsessed with mass killings, shot his way into the building with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and killed the principal and school psychologist, wounded two other staff members, then killed 15 children aged 6 and 7 in one classroom, and 5 in another, as well as two staff members in each classroom. He then hid in another room, where he turned his 10 mm Glock 22 pistol on himself. He had earlier murdered his mother where she lay in her bed at their home in Newtown with four shots from a .22 caliber rifle.
An inventory of the weapons involved states, “The following weapons were recovered in the course of this investigation: (1) a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle, found in the same classroom as the shooter’s body. All of the 5.56 mm shell casings from the school that were tested were found to have been fired from this rifle. (2) a Glock 20, 10 mm semi-automatic pistol found near the shooter’s body and determined to have been the source of the self-inflicted gunshot wound by which he took his own life. (3) a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol found on the shooter’s person. There is no evidence this weapon had been fired. (4) a Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun found in the shooter’s car in the parking lot outside the school, and which was secured in the vehicle’s trunk by police responding to the scene. There is no evidence this weapon had been fired. (5) a Savage Mark II rifle found at 36 Yogananda Street on the floor of the master bedroom near the bed where the body of the shooter’s mother was found. This rifle also was found to have fired the four bullets recovered during the autopsy of the shooter’s mother.
“All of the firearms were legally purchased by the shooter’s mother. Additionally, ammunition of the types found had been purchased by the mother in the past, and there is no evidence that the ammunition was purchased by anyone else, including the shooter.”
Police arrived within 4 minutes, and within one minute of their arrival, Lanza had ended his own life.
A summary of the massive final report may be viewed by clicking here.
The dozens of files consisting of thousands of pages, including video and audio recordings, is available at this website.