Documents: Sandy Hook shooter’s home had 1,600 rounds of ammo

Police released new documents related to the shootings last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, but a motive for the attack by the troubled young man remained elusive.

Included in the information released Thursday is the report that a gun safe was found in the bedroom of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who shot his mother, Nancy, in her forehead as she lay in bed. He then took weapons belonging to her and drove to the school in Newtown, where he gunned down 20 children and six staff members before killing himself.

Investigators found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition in the house, and a holiday card with a check “made out to Adam Lanza for the purchase of a C183 (firearm), authored by Nancy Lanza,” according to a search warrant.

The warrant cited an interview with a person whose name was redacted who said that Lanza rarely left his home and that he was a shut-in “and an avid gamer who plays Call of Duty, amongst other games.” “Call of Duty” is a computer-based war game.

Some of the documents, released by state prosecutors, have been redacted at the prosecutors’ request, said Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police. Relatives of the victims were briefed Wednesday about the documents.

State police are continuing their investigation, which is not expected to be completed until June, he said.

“The information revealed today underscores the need to turn this tragedy into transformation,” said Tim Makris, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, which seeks to prevent a recurrence of such shootings. “While legislation is not the only answer, it’s time for Congress to pass sensible measures supported by the vast majority of Americans to reduce gun violence.”

Also Thursday, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released the first television ad featuring relatives of the Newtown shootings.

In the spots, relatives of the victims call on political leaders to pass tougher gun laws.

“We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy — it’s long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-founder of the group, in a news release.

Recent polling, however, shows public support for gun restrictions has declined since the shootings, as renewed attention has amplified on both sides of the debate. Shortly after the school massacre, 52% of Americans favored major restrictions on guns or making all guns illegal, according to a CNN/ORC International poll. That number has dwindled to 43%, according to the same poll, which was conducted March 15-17.

The killings have led Connecticut legislators to re-examine the state’s gun laws, which are among the nation’s strictest, and have reopened a national debate on gun control.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, has announced plans to introduce legislation requiring background checks to purchase ammunition. He has pressured members of his state legislature to take action to bolster his efforts on a national level.

CNN’s Susan Candiotti and Samira Jafari contributed to this report.

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10 comments

  • Todd Pardee

    Not a lot of rounds for a target shooting enthusiast. Not in support of this person, but there’s lots of people in the US with thousands of rounds of ammo and tens of guns. Something to think about.

  • Marley from Chicago

    His mama gave money and permission for him to purchase a firearm……he shoots his mom while she lay in the bed.

    I don't know about yall but I'm sure she knew he was crazy and creepish. She set herself up unfortunately. I won't be loaning any or buying anyone any guns soon or ever.

  • Tammy

    Anyone who believes even a little bit of this story has lost their mind. Nothing went down like they say it did. Do I belive something happened, yes. Do I believe it is as they say, I would have to be insane to believe even a 10th of the report. I ask anyone who has looked at the news reports they have shown, have you seen anything different than a couple of shots of people walking around a school, more than one ambulance or 1 police car. Come on people do you seriously think if there was a huge mass shooting as they say there would only be 1 police car. No one would be rushing around, you don't see any armed policy surrounding the school. Look into this. Stop being blind to what has been happening to our Country!!!! Pull your head out of the sand and start paying attention before it's too late!

    • techno

      Dittos, Tammy!
      This kid didn't do the shooting. None of this story is believeable. Adam Lanza was listed on the Social Security Death Index website as deceased in New Hampshire on December 13th.

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