US shooter armed with extensive weapons

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This 2005 photo provided by neighbor Barbara Frey and verified by Richard Novia, shows Adam Lanza. 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. Novia was the school district’s former head of security and he advised the school technology club that Adam and his older brother belonged to. (AP Photo/Barbara Frey)

NEWTOWN, Connecticut – The gunman in the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting was prepared for a massacre.

An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press three weapons were found inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and a fourth weapon was found outside.

These weapons are critical evidence as investigators try to unravel why Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six school workers Friday after killing his mother at their home. The official was not authorized to speak on the ongoing investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The murder weapon:

— Bushmaster .223-caliber: lightweight with a high capacity, it also is popular with law enforcement and the military, and is commonly seen at shooting competitions. Two men convicted in a series of sniper killings in the Washington, D.C.-area in 2002 used a Bushmaster

.223-caliber rifle that they fired from the trunk of a car at randomly picked victims. Some models have a detachable magazine that can hold up to 30 rounds. The medical examiner in Connecticut said it appeared all the children and school staff were shot with the same high-powered rifle, some repeatedly, some at close range.

Also found in the school:

— Glock 10 mm: a larger and more powerful weapon than the widely popular 9 mm, it is in many respects similar to the 9 mm. It is a lightweight and comparatively affordable weapon that is often used for target shooting and for personal protection.

— Sig Sauer 9 mm: considered an upper-tier, quality product, it’s comparatively expensive, and its range of uses include elite military and police units.

The Bushmaster and two other weapons were found near the body of Lanza, who killed himself at the school.

It was not clear the make of the weapon found outside the school.

Investigators are combing gun shops and ranges in the area, and looking into the ownership of the weapons involved. Lanza’s mother had legally registered four weapons, and his father had two.

Three other guns have also been recovered, but it was not clear where they were found, the official told AP. They were a Henry repeating rifle, an Enfield rifle and a shotgun.

Also unclear is which gun the 20-year-old Lanza used to take his own life or his mother’s. The Lanzas autopsies are scheduled for Sunday.

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    This crazy is really out of his mind. WHY DIDN’T HE KILL HIMSELF FIRST BEFORE DOING IT TO OTHERS? HE’S GONNA KILL HIMSELF ANYWAYS! NOT FUNNY! I’M SERIOUS!

  • maximus_meridius

    It would have been better if Adam Lanza has come here in the Philippine congress and did his shooting spree there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/oustcorona ILL_HIT_YOUR_FACE

      Dude you deserve my like this christmas!

      Beautiful, beautiful comment!

    • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

      Or did it on the marching anti-RH Bill priests… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    owning gun in US is part of their culture and can not be stop for just one click of the finger. The gun has only one purpose to kill but the shooter has different state of mind…this 20 years old has mental illness and it will be ugment if he has depression and keep playing video game with brutal actions.

    For consideration of culture in self protection, the gun owner must required to have fixed safe locker bolt before to have a gun.

  • http://www.thesandersfirmpc.com/ Eric Sanders

     Amendment II A well regulated
    militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of
    the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Note:
    There is no definitive legal answer to this question by the United
    States Supreme Court for a citizens’ “alleged” right to keep and bear
    arms outside of the home. It seems to me that the drafters were discussing a well regulated
    militia such as the National Guard and/or police force. In any event,
    this is a central question now in light of the tragedy in Newton,
    Connecticut. The firearms used in the Newton tragedy were “allegedly”
    legally owned for “self-protection.” Hmm, two 9MMs and a Bushmaster
    probably the XM-15 that fires 5.56 NATO or .223 Remington rounds. Hmm,
    isn’t the Bushmaster the same military and law enforcement assault rifle
    used in the DC Sniper case? Self-protection? Who the hell needs an
    assault rifle in their home? For the record, I challenge
    any supporter of the “alleged” right to keep and bear arms to point to
    any recent case, where such gun possession by a private citizen was used
    for “protection.” The overwhelming majority of shooting data suggests
    that such gun possessions are used in crimes against known and unknown
    parties. Until, we tackle this problem, we will continue to
    experience such tragedies in these United States. Somehow, we still
    continue to suggest that “we are civilized!!!”

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