Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, three photos of “what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic” and other evidence when they searched the Newtown, Conn., home of killer Adam Lanza, according to records released Thursday.
Five search warrants, which include lists of what detectives discovered in the first few days after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting that left 20 school children and six educators dead, were made public. We’ll embed them below. Though not overly graphic, they do include some details about what investigators saw when they discovered the body of Nancy Lanza, the gunman’s mother, at the home.
There isn’t anything else said in the warrants about the photos of what appear to be a dead person, but it is noted that Lanza had saved a New York Times article about a shooting at Northern Illinois University. It’s also reported that investigators found “one handwritten note pad with what appears to be to do lists for Nancy Lanza from December 14 through December 20.” And they came upon an “Adam Lanza National Rifle Association certificate.” While some computers, gaming consoles and other electronic devices were recovered, there was “a smashed hard drive on top of a desk in what is believed to be Adam Lanza’s bedroom.” He had a gun safe in the room, as well. A witness, whose name was redacted, told investigators that Lanza “rarely leaves his home.”
The Hartford Courant begins its report on the warrants this way: “Newtown shooter Adam Lanza kept an arsenal of guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, swords and knives at his home, search warrants released Thursday indicate.”
The Stamford Advocate leads with this: “Investigators found a trove of evidence … seven journals and drawings, three photos of dead people covered in plastic and possibly blood, and a huge cache of ammunition scattered through the home. … A gun safe and a military-style uniform were in his bedroom. Among other items in the home: three samuarai swords with blades ranging from 13 to 28 inches, 10 other knives, both X-box 360 and Sony Playstation game consoles and handwritten notes with locations of various gun shops.”
Really well-written gun debate article from Cracked.
After every mass shooting, the gun debate splits into two camps: One side says it easily could have been avoided if these maniacs weren’t allowed to have guns; the other says it easily could have been avoided if each innocent victim had only gone through their daily lives in cover formation, armed like the space marines entering the giant murder womb in Aliens.
And that’s pretty much the entire gun control debate, as far as the mainstream media are willing to cover. And that is a shame, because it leaves out all of the most interesting parts. Trust us, the longer you look into this, the weirder it gets. For instance …
The United States stands truly alone in the developed world for its lax gun laws, which have contributed to Americans owning guns at a far higher rate than anyone else. The National Rifle Association, in its pushback against calls for gun restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, has portrayed things somewhat differently. NRA chief Wayne LaPierre has drawn comparisons to Israel, saying that the U.S. should follow Israel’s example of loose gun laws and of responding to mass shooting by posting armed guards at schools.
LaPierre echoes a number of commentators who oppose gun restrictions and cite Israel as an ideal example. The argument goes like this: Israel has lots of guns and lower rates of gun violence, so clearly the problem with America is not our guns but something else.
The only problem is that Israel actually has quite strong gun restrictions and very low gun ownership rates, some of the lowest in the developed world. This confusion has gotten so bad that even Israeli government officials are now chiming in to knock back the claims, though the NRA is seen as a close ally of the U.S. Republican party, which positions itself as strongly backing Israel.
LaPierre appeared to take his Israel-model advocacy a step too far when he declared on Meet the Press this weekend, “Israel had a whole lot of school shootings, until they did one thing. They said we’re going to stop it and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then.”
President Obama on Monday directed members of his Cabinet to propose measures to help reduce gun violence, in the wake of a mass shooting at a Conn. elementary school.
The administration’s push to stem further killings will be spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the effort.
The president’s directive is the latest sign that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last Friday may have shifted the conversation over the nation’s gun laws.
The massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 children, has sparked renewed debate over gun control, as well as larger issues targeting mental healthcare and the role of violence in popular culture.
President Obama landed in Connecticut on Sunday for the saddest of presidential duties: comforting the survivors of a senseless shooting.
Obama is scheduled to address an evening interfaith prayer vigil for the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives Friday in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The prayer vigil is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.; the president’s remarks are expected to start at around 8:15 p.m., and last about 12 minutes.
The president also will hold private meetings with the families who lost loved ones, as well as police and other first responders to the tragedy.
Officials seized a huge cache of guns and ammunitions after searching Trescott’s home. Photo: Jim Joslyn
Authorities in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties have foiled what they believe would have been a mass shooting by a man who was about to be fired from his job, police sources tell ABC 7 News.
Law enforcement sources tell ABC 7’s Brad Bell that the suspect, Neil Prescott, 28, was taken into custody in Crofton on Thursday night. According to officials, the man was facing termination from his job as a subcontractor for Pitney Bowes, the document, mailing and shipping company.
“I am a joker and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” he allegedly said, according to documents.
The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre. The blood. The tears. The confusion and the heartache, the elusive search for a reason why.
Paralyzed in the Columbine shootings, Anne Marie Hochhalter, now 30, says friends still reach out to alert her to prepare for disturbing images on the news. She got a text message Friday morning when she woke up. Warning, it said. There was another one, this time close to home. “Don’t watch news,” it said. “mass shooting in aurora.”
Hochhalter took a deep breath and turned on the TV.
“My heart just fell,” Hochhalter said Sunday. “It brought back a lot — flashbacks from that day. At the time, I was so hurt I wasn’t watching the news, you know, watching it like other people were. But this time, I was right there, seeing it all.”
Columbine students who survived what in 1999 was the worst school massacre in U.S. history are reliving their own experiences. And they’re banding together to try to help. On Facebook and by phone, they are reaching out to people who witnessed Friday’s early-morning slayings of 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora.
Now a retail manager, Hochhalter said she can offer a little hope.
“I would tell them that with time, it does get better. But it never goes away,” she said.
The semiautomatic assault rifle used by the gunman in a mass shooting at a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie jammed during the attack, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press, which forced the shooter to switch to another gun with less fire power.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to in order to discuss the investigation, said the disabled weapon had a high-capacity ammunition magazine. Police have said that a 100-round drum magazine was recovered at the scene and that such a device would be able to fire 50 to 60 rounds a minute.
That account of what happened inside the Century 16 theater emerged with other details of a suspect described as a budding scientist, brimming with potential, who pursued a graduate program even as he planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said Saturday
Gun controls aren’t a big priority anywhere except at the fringes of left and right politics.
Gun control advocates sputter at their own impotence. The National Rifle Association is politically ascendant. And Barack Obama’s White House pledges to safeguard the Second Amendment in its first official response to the deaths of at least 12 people in a mass shooting at a new Batman movie screening in suburban Denver.
Once, every highly publicized outbreak of gun violence produced strong calls from Democrats and a few Republicans for tougher controls on firearms.
Now those pleas are muted, a political paradox that’s grown more pronounced in an era scarred by Columbine, Virginia Tech, the wounding of a congresswoman and now the shootings in a suburban movie theater where carnage is expected on-screen only.
An administrator who runs the nursing program at an Oakland Christian college believes she was the intended target in Monday’s mass shooting, according to her longtime friend.
Ellen Cervellon, the nursing program director at Oikos University, had a confrontation with shooting suspect One Goh after he dropped out of the nursing program in the fall, according to Linda Music, a close friend who was staying at Cervellon’s home in Piedmont.
Goh had asked Ellen Cervellon for a full refund of his tuition and when he was denied suggested prorating the tuition refund.
Cervellon said no, Music said.
Music said Cervellon had only once brought up the issue of a student “who made her nervous.” After Monday’s shooting rampage at the Korean Christian school that left seven people dead, Music asked Cervellon if that student was Goh.
“Yes,” Cervellon said, according to Music.
One of the people killed was Katleen Ping, Cervellon’s secretary. Ping’s family said they learned of the shooting after Cervellon called them.
“Her secretary was like one of her children,” Music said.