No motive revealed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting summary report is released
NEWTOWN - A 40-plus page document based on hundreds of pages of research into the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year reveals that investigators still have not determined a motive for the shooting, and adds that they likely never will.
However, the report reveals disturbing information about the mental makeup of gunman Adam Lanza and details of the horrific shooting, like the fact that it took him just 11 minutes to shoot all 26 victims.
The report says that after Lanza shot his way into the school, he almost immediately killed the principal and school psychologist in the hallway when they tried to stop him. He then went to the main office where staff members were hiding, and back into the hallway, then to classrooms 10 and 12, where he killed two adults in each room,15 children in classroom 8, five children in classroom 10, then himself.
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The report reveals that "the staff used various ways to keep the children calm, from reading, to having them color or draw pictures. Those hiding in rooms closest to the shooter kept silent. Some people were able to escape out of the building prior to the police arrival."
The report also says the classroom doors could not be locked from the inside, only the outside.
The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions, including the taking of his own life,” the report states, “but there is no clear indication why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School."
The report says that the question of Lanza’s motive will never be answered.
It also says Lanza's mother, who he killed before heading to Sandy Hook Elementary School, purchased the Bushmaster rifle he used, and all of the ammunition.
“The shooter disliked birthdays, Christmas and holidays,” the report reads. “He would not allow his mother to put up a Christmas tree. The mother explained it by saying that shooter had no emotions or feelings. The mother also got rid of a cat because the shooter did not want it in the house."
The report also states that sources say Lanza refused to take suggested medications or behavioral therapies.
News 12 is told that the investigation is now closed and no one will face charges for the shooting.
Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs, who is also a Newtown resident, was one of the first responders on the scene that day. He says the report will likely bring up a lot of emotions.
"I personally wish that it came out many months ago because it's making all of us and so many of the victim's families, who many of us tried to shield, it's making everybody relive it," he says.