This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook.(Photo: AP)
warrants from the second-worst school shooting in American history
revealed that the home Lanza shared with his mother in Newtown, Conn.,
was a veritable arsenal: Authorities found at least nine knives, three
Samurai swords, two rifles, 1,600 rounds of ammunition and a 7-foot,
wood-handled pole with a blade on one side and a spear on the other.
also recovered a certificate in Lanza's name from the National Rifle
Association, seven of his journals, drawings that he made and books from
the house, including books on living with mental illness.
The warrants offered a thorough look at the environment in which
Lanza lived before he shot his mother, Nancy, to death and drove to
Sandy Hook on the morning of Dec. 14. Twenty first-graders and six
teachers and staff were killed before Lanza shot himself to death with
the 155th bullet.
An FBI report based on interviews with people
who knew him said that Lanza rarely left home, considered himself a
shut-in and was an avid gamer who played "Call of Duty," a first-person
shooter game. Lanza considered the elementary school his "life," the
Among other items seized from the home were a holiday
card containing a check from his mother to buy a firearm, an article
from The New York Times about a 2008 school shooting at Northern
Illinois University and three photographs of what appeared to be a dead
person covered with plastic and blood.
List of Lanza's arsenal, item by item
Read the warrants, search them
books included "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's" and "Born
on a Blue Day: Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant."
school, Lanza fired the 154 rounds from a Bushmaster .223-model rifle
and the final bullet from a Glock 10mm handgun to take his own life,
said Stephen Sedensky, the chief prosecutor investigating the
shooting. Police recovered 10 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster that
Lanza took to the school. Three of the magazines had a full 30 rounds
still in them.
Among school shootings in the United States, the
death toll from Newtown is second only to the 32 people killed at
Virginia Tech in 2007.
The attack touched off a nationwide debate
about gun control. The fate of proposed changes to national gun laws,
including expanded background checks and limits on high-capacity
magazines, remains unclear.
President Barack Obama spoke Thursday at the White House
to make the case again for tougher gun laws. He appeared with parents
of Sandy Hook victims and of other gun crimes but did not specifically
reference the newly released Newtown warrants.
"The entire country was shocked," the president said. "And the entire
country pledged that we would do something about it and this time would
be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten. I haven't forgotten those
kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten."
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, citing the warrants, also called for stricter gun laws.
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."
The warrants spelled out a vast inventory of weapons and other gun paraphernalia recovered from the Lanza home.
the items found were paper targets, gun manuals, earplugs, holsters,
almost 40 types of ammunition, nine types of magazines, a bayonet,
knives with blades as long as a foot and Samurai swords with blades as
long as 2 feet 4 inches.
Authorities also found a starter's
pistol, a BB gun, an NRA guide to pistol shooting and an NRA certificate
in Nancy Lanza's name.
In a statement, the NRA said it had no
record of a "member relationship" for the Lanzas, nor for someone with
the same last name and their first initials.
"Reporting to the contrary is reckless, false and defamatory," the statement said.
On Wednesday, a judge granted a request from prosecutors to withhold
some information in the records, including a witness name, credit card
information, telephone numbers and serial numbers.
Bushmaster and the Glock, authorities found a Sig-Sauer 9mm
semiautomatic pistol in the school. In the car outside, police found a
All those weapons were legally owned by the mother,
authorities have said. Enough public blame and anger has been directed
at her that she was left out of many of the memorials and shrines to the
There have been reports that Lanza was obsessed
with other mass killers, including Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people
in a shooting and bomb attack in Norway two years ago.
enforcement official told NBC News last month that Lanza had collected
material on previous mass shootings, although the source said there was
no indication that it played a role in the school massacre.
told NBC News in February that investigators were still a long way from
determining Lanza's motive. Police said then that they hoped to have a
report on the shooting finished by June.
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By Michael Isikoff, Tom Winter and Erin McClam, NBC News