New information about 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza and his 27 victims was released today including the names of the deceased, a report from the Chief Medical Examiner, and descriptions of Lanza as told by classmates and neighbors.
Most who met or knew Adam said he was smart and quiet. The words “camera shy” appear in his 2010 high school yearbook in the place of a photo, which might explain why he did not have a Facebook page.
Former classmate Olivia DeVivo told the New York Times that the residents of Newtown “weren’t surprised” that he was behind the massacre because “he just didn’t really connect” with the community.
No offense to Olivia, but I find the lack of surprise offensive. While it is common for perpetrators in these situations to be “misfits” of some kind, the majority of people who are shy and have difficulty connecting socially do not end up opening fire on 6 and 7 year olds.
Speaking of Lanza’s tragic young victims, the medical examiner says there is evidence that he used a long rifle, which coincides with reports that two handguns and one .223 Bushmaster (all registered to stay-at-home mother Nancy Lanza) were recovered from the scene.
The examiner revealed that the students had been shot “more than once” at close-range.
Of the six adults murdered by Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary, the youngest, 27-year-old first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, is being called a hero. Soto reportedly “put herself between the gunman and the children” and attempted to hide some of her students in a bathroom or closet.
Another story of bravery, told by the school therapist, has middle-aged Principal Dawn Hochsprung (also among the deceased) pressing her
body against the inside of a door to keep the killer from entering.
The bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother have yet to be examined. We do know that Nancy Lanza often took her two sons target shooting and divorced her husband Peter, who works for General Electric, in 2008.