Crime

Dec 27, 2013 5:32 PM by David Randall

Sandy Hook report released

Police in Connecticut released thousands of pages of documents Friday from the investigation into last year's school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, which shed additional light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman but offered no conclusions on a possible motive.

The paperwork "has been redacted according to law," and it includes text, photos, videos and recordings of 911 calls received by state police. Police in Connecticut released thousands of pages of documents Friday from the investigation into last year's school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, which shed additional light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman but offered no conclusions on a possible motive.

The paperwork "has been redacted according to law," and it includes text, photos, videos and recordings of 911 calls received by state police.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother inside their home. He committed suicide with a handgun as police arrived at the school.

Among the documents included in the report released Friday was a note dated June 10, 1999, that appeared to confirm that the gunman's mother Nancy Lanza had been a volunteer at the school.

"Dear Mrs. Lanza, thank you for being such a special volunteer. The children achieved a most successful year with the dedication from your active involvement," the note read.

There had been much debate earlier in the investigation as to Nancy Lanza's possible involvement with the school, whose officials denied reports that she had worked there.
Also included in the report's documents was a statement that a relative of the Lanzas gave to FBI investigators after the shooting, regarding what the relative said was the gunman's attitude toward his mother's volunteer work.

"Per [NAME REDACTED] Lanza hated his mother and Sandy Hook, because his mother worked there. Lanza apparently felt that his mother loved the students more than him," that statement read.

The report's trove of documents also included thousands of photographs, including detailed photos of the scene at Sandy Hook, some showing its shattered windows and blood-stained carpets as well as bullet casings and guns.
Photos of items from the Lanza home were included as well, some depicting Nancy Lanza's National Rifle Association basic pistol training course certificate, as well as various knives and articles on school shootings.

Photos of the clothing the gunman wore during the shooting were included, but any images of the victims' clothing appeared to be redacted. No images depicting the victims were included.

In a letter accompanying the report, Reuben F. Bradford, commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, wrote that much of the identifying information involving children and many witnesses were withheld, as were "all visual images depicting the deceased."

"Balancing the often-competing interests of government transparency and individual privacy has been difficult," Bradford wrote. "I believe that the redacted report that is being released includes as much detail as possible while protecting confidential information."

 

 

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