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
NEWTOWN, CONN. 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.
PAPERS AND BOOKS
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.