Search warrants released in Newtown investigation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut authorities have released the warrants that investigators used to search the home and car of the gunman who massacred 26 people inside a Newtown elementary school.

A judge granted a request by the prosecutor overseeing the probe to withhold some information, such as the name of a witness and serial numbers on some items found.

Twenty-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother inside their Newtown home on Dec. 14 before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his victims included 20 first-graders. He then committed suicide.

Investigators have publicly released few details, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said last week that additional information would be released at his request.

The search warrants had been kept secret under a judge's sealing order that expired on Wednesday.

Shooter killed victims within 5 minutes

The Connecticut prosecutor leading the investigation says Lanza killed the 26 victims and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building.

Search warrants say he was found dead wearing a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing.

State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III says Lanza killed all the victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. He says Lanza also had another loaded handgun with him inside the school as well as three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster.

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was also found in the passenger compartment of the car Lanza drove to the school containing 70 shotgun rounds.

Arsenal of weapons

An arsenal of weapons including guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords were found in the home of the gunman.

Investigators also found articles on other shootings and a holiday card containing a check made out to Adam Lanza for the purchase of a firearm, authored by his mother, Nancy Lanza. And investigators found books about living with autism and Asperger's syndrome, as well as an NRA guide to pistol shooting.


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