Friends recall gunman from US massacre as quiet, odd


This undated photo shows Adam Lanza, third from the right, posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook. Authorities have identified Lanza as the gunman who killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Richard Novia, a one-time adviser to the technology club, verified that the photo shows Lanza. AP

NEWTOWN, Connecticut – On leafy Yogananda Street, home to Nancy Lanza and her son Adam Lanza, the accused US school gunman, former school mates Saturday remembered him as an intelligent but strange young man.

“He was a weird kid as a child, but he was just quiet. We never knew his real personality. He was just himself,” said Megan, aged 20, who went to primary school with the presumed shooter, and declined to give her last name.

“I knew he lived in the area. But he fell off of the radar halfway through middle school, maybe seven or eight years ago,” she old AFP in this usually sleepy, wealthy town north of New York City, jarred by unthinkable tragedy.

Lanza, 20, is thought to have used a Bushmaster .233 rifle – designed for shooting people in military assaults – and owned by his mother Nancy.

Police believe Adam murdered his mother, shooting her in the face before heading to the school.

There he unleashed a wave of terror authorities say was the deadliest massacre at a US grade school, shocking the United States with the apparently senseless and staggering targeting of one innocent child after another.

“As long as I remember he was very intellectually sound at school,” Megan said of her old classmate Adam.

Getting to Nancy Lanza’s home is almost impossible; police have it closed off as a second crime scene in the town due to her murder.

It also is hard to find neighbors able or willing to speak about the family in a neighborhood of plush, sprawling single family homes with huge lawns down rolling hills.

Another young man who lives nearby and also refused to give his name rode over on a skateboard and spoke about Adam Lanza.

“I knew Adam cause I went to school in the same bus,” he told AFP privately. “We ate lunch, played chess. He was very smart.

“He was kind of kid that, in the computer classes, where me and other kids had a hard time ’cause we had two seconds to do something. Then he would just go in and get it done.”

The young man said he was unaware of any talk of weapons in the Lanza home, before popping his hood over his head and skating off away from photographers.

While school friends recalled facets of Adam’s personality, the family was basically not well known to many neighbors, like relative newcomers the Strocchia family.

“They are a mystery. Nobody knows about them. A lot of the people in this neighborhood know each other. It was very hard to find that I didn’t know them and nobody on the block knew them,” said Len Strocchia, 46, who has lived on the same street as the Lanzas for six years.

Though he was remembered as a shy and awkward boy, Lanza had not apparently given any warning sign that he could be a mass murderer in the making.

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  • quphal

    its surprising that he had friends. kaya ang mga anak ko hinahayaan kong maging makukulit at maiingay. mas mabuti nang ganun kesa tahimik at behaved pero sumasabog naman pala sa loob.

  • Isagani Gatmaitan

    “Has a medical condition where he cannot feel pain”… He cannot feel pleasure either… this explains a lot…

    • yahoo-EGVP3UL7WAF3VAZII55S74TMQQ

      he’s likely taking antidepressants like prozac if that’s the case. it’s posing as an antidepressant but is really a mind control drug.

  • Albert Einstien

    some say he is GOOD but  suffering from AUTISM…..that is our problem now…our TOP political LEADERS handling national affairs  are KNOWN to be suffering from mental imbalance…..such as bipolarism & schitzophrenia… and some  people believe in them…..comelec should now require MENTAL FITNESS to politicians before they can run for office….

    • Luiting

      Where did you get the info that he’s autistic (“suffering from autism”)?.
      “Top political leaders KNOWN to be suffering from mental imbalance such as bipolarism and schizophrenia”.(???) Can you name at least one?.

      FYI. A candidate can be disqualified by COMELEC from registering/filing  his/her candidacy if found insane or incompetent, unless subsequently declared by PROPER authority that he/she  is no longer insane or incompetent.

      • Albert Einstien

        wag ka po magalit panoorin mo po muna ito…” VIDEO CHALLENGE ” ni carmen pedrosa sa youtube..title ” carmen pedrosa talks about noynoy ” …allegedly umiinom /uminom ng gamot si pnoy  para sa BIPOLARISM at schitzophrenia….seroquel at abilify….

        NBC News also reported that on Thursday, Dec. 13 Adam Lanza went to the school and had some kind of altercation with four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

        Ryan Lanza, 24, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., was taken into police custody for questioning yesterday. Ryan has told police that his brother Adam had a “personality disorder” and was “somewhat autistic.” Fox News reported that Adam Lanza was a “gamer” and may have played violent video games.

      • Luiting

        Yap. I stand corrected. He was diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s syndrome (I just read the article a couple of minutes after I posted my comment). But his disability can not be associated with violence. Nobody knows  (for now) what triggered him to do such a gory act of killing.

        Sa case naman ni Carmen Pedrosa.. I don’t really mind. I just focus on positive things with regard to our President. 

      • Albert Einstien

        i salute you for accepting your  mistake..

        the problem with bilopolarism & schitzophrenia ..they are INCURABLE( LIFETIME ) but treatable….as long as the patient takes his regular drugs….

  • jana hitchens-morley

    If he was suffering from a mental/personality disorder then why did the Mother expose him to high powered rifles? It’s common sense to not have guns in your household let alone introduce them to your mentally disabled son. Guns are primarily for maiming and/or  killing live creatures be they humans, animals, birds or giant insects (if they’re in existence?). Americans have a lot of soul-searching to do. They can’t afford to  ‘continuously’ talk about gun controls- it has to be interrupted by a real commitment and action at some point in time.  They owe those young beautiful children whose lives have been cruelly cut short a very strong policy on gun controls–it’s the least they can do.

  • bugoybanggers

    Delikado ito, kung maraming Pilipinong ganitong pag uugali baka hindi malayong mababawasan ang population ng 50% agad sa 10 taon kung wala ng manganaganak. Hindi na siguro kailangan ng RH Bill. Sa sobrang kapapanood ng action-Thriller na Pelikula iyan ang epekto. Lalo na ngayon malulupit at parang realistic na ang mga DOTAhan. Malupit nakaka apekto talaga sa mga kabataan. Mag Boxing at Football na lang kasi para mahasa ang pag iisip at maiwasan ang mga pag iilusyun. Matindi pa sa naka SHABU ang may ganitong patagong pag UUGALI.

  • dontblockme

    well he’s ugly… that explains his anti-social behavior…

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