Details emerge on Shooter in conn. school massacre [Virginian - Pilot]
(Virginian - Pilot Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Dave Altimari and Steven Goode
The Hartford Courant (MCT)
Investigators who entered Adam Lanza's home after he shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 found his bed neatly made. An armoire held five matching tan-colored shirts with five pairs of khaki pants. Black garbage bags sealed with duct tape covered the bedroom windows.
An empty cereal bowl rested on the desktop near damaged computer parts in the adjacent second-floor room in the home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza. He had removed the hard drives from his computers, then opened the metal containers to get at the disks that store data. He scratched a "W" through the discs, before trying to smash them with a barbell.
A long-awaited state police report is due soon, but the Hartford Courant has learned through law enforcement sources details that provide a clearer picture of what happened at Lanza's home and in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Police investigators concluded that Nancy Lanza had been shot four times in the same spot. The .22-caliber rifle Adam Lanza used was pressed directly against her forehead and found at her bedside. The shades were drawn in her bedroom, leading police to believe she was killed sometime before dawn.
Lanza, 20, drove to the school, where he killed 20 first-graders and six adults. The lone survivor from teacher Lauren Rousseau's class was shielded from the gunman because she was hidden in one of the corners of the classroom's tiny bathroom.
Among the other revelations, sources said, is that a school secretary and nurse remained in a closet in Principal Dawn Hochsprung's office for several hours even while state police officials - unaware that anyone was in the room - used the office as a command center. The room had not been cleared by SWAT teams. Hochsprung was one of the adults killed.
When the shooting started, school janitor Rick Thorne ran through the school warning teachers to close their doors and then used a master key to lock many of the doors for them.
The state police SWAT team that was clearing the school after the shooting had to get the key from him to open some of the rooms. The key snapped in one of the doors.
By examining evidence at the scene, a source said, investigators determined that Lanza fired eight shots through the front glass to kill Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Scherlach, who ran out of a room to the left of Hochsprung's office. Police believe Lanza also fired one round from his pistol in the hallway, but they are unsure why. He killed himself with a second shot from the pistol.
When Lanza entered first-grade teacher Victoria Soto's room, he turned to his left and immediately fired at Soto, who was standing toward the back of the room near the window. Police believe some of those bullets went into the parking lot, striking some of the cars.
Through interviews with surviving children, sources said, investigators learned that some of Soto's students were holding hands in the far right corner near the chalkboard, away from Lanza's initial line of fire.
When Lanza stopped firing because his gun jammed, student Jesse Lewis yelled for kids to run. Jesse was shot to death. Six of the children ran past Lanza to safety.
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