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Police: Adam Lanza Wore Earplugs during Massacre and may have targeted a Teacher

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza wore a pair of  earplugs before he blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned  down 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself, it was  revealed today.

The decision by the mentally disturbed  20-year-old has puzzled authorities as it is believed he had every intention of  killing himself after the senseless massacre of December 14 in the quiet  Connecticut town.

It was also revealed today that he reloaded  his gun several times, even though there were a number of rounds left in  each.

He also may have targeted teacher Lauren  Rousseau, police believe, as he shot up her car before he entered the school to  commit one of America’s worst mass shootings.

Targeted? Bullet holes found in the car belonging to Lauren Rousseau, 30, (left) have led to questions about whether Adam Lanza (right) specifically targeted her when he entered her classroom and shot her to death

Investigators revealed the details as they  attempt to ascertain the mentally-disturbed gunman’s mindset as he moved through  the school with a Bushmaster AR-15  assault rifle.

TheHartford  Courant reported that the earplugs were still in  his ears when police found his body, which they considered strange – that he  would be worried about his hearing when he intended to commit  suicide.

‘It’s just weird, given what he was about to  go do,’ a source told the  Courant. ‘It’s not like he had to worry about  long-term protection of  his hearing because he had to know he wasn’t coming  back out of the  building.’

It has also been suggested that the ear plugs  could have been a matter of habit as his mother often took him shooting  at  indoor ranges where hearing protection is mandatory.

Or, chillingly, it could  have been to block  out the screams of his innocent victims.

Some patients with Asbergers have a  high  sensitivity to loud noises. Though it has never been confirmed  Lanza has the  disorder, many who knew his mother Nancy – who was his  first victim after he  shot her in the face at their home – said she  struggled with his mental  problems.

Police are looking into whether he targeted  Miss Rousseau, whose classroom was his second stop after killing the principal and the school psychologist in  the front office.

As well as the 30-year-old teacher, 15 of her  16 students – all first graders – were shot dead several times.

It is believed Lanza opened fire on several  cars in the parking lot, including the vehicle belonging to Miss  Rousseau.

Previous reports have said Lanza may have  targeted the school because his mother, Nancy Lanza, was volunteering there.

Fox News reports that Adam Lanza was jealous  that his mother may have loved the students at Sandy Hook more than him.

The shooting of Miss Rousseau’s car, and her  subsequent murder, raises  questions about whether the teacher was specifically  targeted.

Police still have not determined what drove  the reclusive Lanza, who was said to have mental and emotional problems –  possibly Asperger’s syndrome – to murder 27 people on December 14 in Newtown,  Connecticut.

Though they have not said how many rounds he  fired as he made his bloody rampage through the school, police did say that he frequently changed the 30-round magazines  on  his assault rifle – even though some still had up to 15 shots remaining.

This practice of ‘topping up’ is common  in  violent video games – where magazines are in unlimited supply and a  gamer’s  worst fear is running out of bullets in the midst of a  firefight.

Police say they are investigating whether Lanza frequently played military-style games like the popular Call of  Duty,  which puts assault rifles like the one Lanza was firing in the  hands of users.

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