Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) had asked authorities to release details in the case amid an intense gun control debate in the state. Family members of the victims were reportedly briefed on the search warrants Wednesday night. Sedensky requested, and was granted, several redactions in the documents, including the name of a witness and phone and credit card numbers.
Two dramatic pieces of evidence leaked by unnamed sources to other news outlets were not reflected in the search warrant releases. The Hartford Courant has reported that Lanza researched Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway two years ago. Also, this month the New York Daily News said that a senior state police official told a law enforcement conference that Lanza had constructed a seven-foot-long spreadsheet on previous mass murders.
Friends of Nancy Lanza have said Asperger syndrome had been diagnosed in Adam. Asperger is on the autism spectrum and isn’t associated with violence. In his home, police found a book titled “Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s,” computers and video-game consoles, Lanza’s report card from Sandy Hook and a holiday card his mother gave him containing a check for the purchase of a firearm. More than 1,700 rounds of ammunition were discovered in shoe boxes, closet shelves, cabinets and an unlocked safe. There were two rifles, a BB gun and a starter pistol. Adam’s room had a gun safe.
According to the unsealed documents, a witness told authorities that Lanza was a “shut in” and “avid gamer” who played “Call of Duty” — descriptions largely in line with what acquaintances of the family told the media after shooting. The witness also said the school where the killings took place was his “life.” That description doesn’t mesh with published reports indicating that Lanza, although brilliant, bounced in and out of Newtown schools.
There was no evidence confirming or denying reports that Lanza had a sensory integration disorder, and there was no reference to the briefcase that he often carried to school. There were documents related to Lanza’s PSAT tests. Lanza had taken classes at a nearby college, and his mother was said to be looking at colleges for him.
The search warrants indicated that authorities found certificates from the National Rifle Association in Adam and Nancy’s names. A book titled “NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting” was also found.
The NRA sharply disputed any connection between the Lanzas and the gun rights organization. It said in a statement, “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.”