Adam Lanza had hundreds of rounds and used multiple high capacity magazines when he went on a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first graders and six adults, Connecticut State Police said today.
After shooting at victims in two classrooms and a hallway with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, he put a bullet into his own head with a handgun.
“The weapon that was utilized most of the time during this horrific crime was identified as a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon,” Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said. “The trajectory of the shots and all of the ammunition used in the horrible crime will be examined.”
Meanwhile, police are working to understand what set Lanza off on his rampage.
ABC News has learned that investigators have seized computers belonging to the 20-year-old from the home he shared with his mother Nancy, the same place he killed her before going to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he slaughtered students in two first-grade classes and teachers and staff.
Authorities are forensically investigating those computers and are also examining devices owned by Ryan Lanza, the gunman’s older brother, to see if they can learn anything more about Adam and what caused him to snap.
Members of the community gathered today at churches across the small town, seeking comfort, clarity or just a cry.
With intermittent freezing rain falling, the bells tolled at St. Rose of Lima as parishioners came for the morning service.
Little more than a week before Christmas when congregants celebrate the birth of the savior, they instead were mourning the deaths of people they knew.
Many of the victims attended the church and the clergy is preparing for the funerals of eight of the children.
As parishioners arrived at the church for the morning service, many stopped at a makeshift memorial with flowers, teddy bears and candles. On large white boards, people wrote notes that express condolences, hope, and even forgiveness.
One says “Rest in Peace Sweet Angels.”
After a man and woman knelt down at the memorial — the woman overcome by grief crying into her husband’s arms — two police officers opened their cars with a delivery: bouquets of flowers and teddy bears stacked in the back of their vehicles. They delicately placed each one down and then both knelt down at the vigil.
The female officer began crying and her male partner put his arm around her to comfort her. She quickly got up, walking to her car while wiping away tears, and then they pulled away.
Source: ABC News