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Posted by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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Warrants reveal details of arsenal found at Newtown shooter’s home

Search also turns up books on autism and Asperger’s

Gary Stoller and John Bacon


Hun­dreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, knives and three samurai swords were among the items seized from the home of shoot­er Adam Lanza in the days after the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, search warrants released Thursday revealed.

Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky said Lanza killed 20 students, six adults and himself at the school in less than five minutes. All were killed with a Bushmaster .223­caliber rifle except for Lanza, 20, who took his own life with a Glock 10mm handgun.

The Bushmaster was loaded with a 30-round magazine, and 14 rounds remained in the mag­azine when the Bushmaster was recovered by police, Seden­sky said. There was one round in the chamber. He said Lanza had another loaded handgun
with him inside the school as well as three 30-round maga­zines for the Bushmaster.

Lanza’s body was found dressed in military garb and a bulletproof vest in a classroom.

Shortly before the bloodbath at the school, Lanza had shot his mother, Nancy, with a .22­caliber rifle as she slept in their home. Sedensky said there was “no indication of a struggle” in that shooting.

The guns Lanza used were apparently purchased by Nancy Lanza.


The four warrants released Thursday involve searches at the Lanza home and in the black Honda Civic that he drove to the school. Results of the warrants were sealed for 90 days in late December.

Sedensky asked Judge John Blawie to seal certain informa­tion for another 90 days.

The warrants say a loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in Lanza’s Civic. Two magazines containing 70 rounds of Win­chester 12-gauge shotgun rounds also were found there.

At the house, authorities found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and numerous
knives. They found a military­style uniform in Lanza’s bed­room and notes containing the addresses of local gun shops.

Investigators also found books about autism and As­perger’s syndrome as well as a National Rifle Association guide to pistol shooting.

In a bedroom closet, police found a Bushmaster XM15 and C15 instruction manual, Glock handgun, shotgun and rifle
manuals, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, two 20­round ammunition magazines, spent Glock shell casings, a ny­lon holster and a metal bayonet. The documents indicate au­thorities found a gun safe with shotgun shells and numerous boxes of bullets.


In a top drawer of a filing cab­inet, police found paper targets. In a duffel bag, they found ear and eye protection, binoculars, numerous paper targets and an NRA certificate for Adam Lanza.

An NRA certificate in the name of Nancy Lanza also was found, the warrants reveal.

The NRA issued a statement Thursday saying: “There is no record of a member relation­ship between Newtown killer Adam Lanza, nor between Nan­cy Lanza, A. Lanza or N. Lanza with the National Rifle Association.”

Among other items found in the Lanza home were a Feb. 18, 2008, New York Times article about a shooting at Northern Il­linois University and a book ti­tled “Train Your Brain to Get Happy” — with pages tabbed off.

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