Police were warned of mass shooter Adam Lanza’s plans to kill students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School four years before he carried out his plan, according to FBI documents.
A man notified the Newton Police Department in 2008 that Lanza had an assault weapon and had spoke of his plans to kill his mother along with the children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to FBI documents that were released this week.
But the police said they couldn’t do anything, given Lanza’s mother Nancy Lanza legally purchased the guns, according to the man, whose name was redacted.
Four years later, Lanza fatally shot his mother in their home before he opened fire at the Newton, Conn., school, killing 20 children and six staff members.
This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police shows a shattered window at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Lanza then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide at the school.
According to the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, “The shooter did not ‘snap,’ but instead engaged in careful, methodical planning and preparation.”
“The shooter was fascinated with past shootings and researched them thoroughly. The shooter shared many similar characteristics and behaviors with other active shooters.”
Pictured, a Bushmaster rifle belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary school gunman Adam Lanza.
(Connecticut Department of Justice/REUTERS)
An unidentified woman who said she had an “online relationship” with Lanza also told the FBI that he compiled a spreadsheet that meticulously documented hundreds of mass murders and spree killings.
She said Lanza believed mass murders were a symptom of a broken society and may have believed he was “saving” children from the “harmful influences” of adults during the school shooting.
Another person contacted a tip line after the massacre, saying he believed he met Lanza in New Orleans in 2010 or 2011, and recalled the teen saying that “the most evil thing in the world would be to conduct a slaughter at an elementary school.”
With News Wire Services