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Connecticut School Shooting

Cops Moving Closer

to Establishing Motive

12/15/2012 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1215_sandy_hook_school_gettyPolice investigating the horrific mass murder in Connecticut on Friday have uncovered "very good evidence" as they work towards finding a motive for why Adam Lanza opened fire in a public school yesterday, killing 20 children and six adults.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said investigators were collecting evidence both at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at the home of Lanza's mother, but would not elaborate on what that evidence was.

He explained, "The detectives will certainly analyze everything and put a complete picture together of the evidence that they did obtain, and we're hopeful that it will paint a complete picture as to how and why this entire unfortunate incidence occurred."

Vance also revealed that Lanza was not simply let into the school, nor did he sneak in undetected -- but rather he "forced his way into the school." He went on to say the investigation would not be completed for a few days.

All of the victims have been identified and authorities will release the list of names later today.

Dan Holmes, Lanza's mother's former landscaper, told reporters that she was a gun enthusiast who took her sons to the shooting range.

He explained, "She took her two sons to the gun ranges quite a bit to practice their aim. She was a really great shot from what she told me. Whenever I finished work and went inside to chit chat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection and she was really quite proud of it."

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31.

luv_it    

My heart hurts as a mom of 2 boys. We send our kids to school to learn, they play with friends are taught right and wrong at times and my Lil boy loves to go to school and learn and play with friends and the thought that our kids can be taken from us cause of an idiot is sad. I hugged then a lil tighter and as i see the news that these babies were shoot multiple times is just sad. Then they kill themselves after..so why kill babies if you wanna kill yourself and you don't care about life then you don't take lives of little kids then yourself..go and kill yourself and leave these kids alone. May all those affected GOD bless you and as for the killer ROT IN HELL!!

684 days ago
32.

itsallgoodnRoanoke    

MOTIVE! He KILLED>> I blame his Mother and I believe he knew he was wrong because the BASTARD killed himself. This is not right anyway you slice it. We need gun laws and Teachers should be able to go to work in peace. Any of us. This world is not right , let me retire. sad but true

684 days ago
33.

matt    

You guys are terrible with proofreading your stories... WTF

684 days ago
34.

RaisingStar    

Live by the gun. Die by the gun. But, don't allow your fasination for metal trap anyone else under your arms.

684 days ago
35.

DahhTroll    

My be the new genration of children who are growing up being feared gunned down at thier schools well
change the gun lasws. we realy dont need all these
guns around. gang members all have guns,start with them and dotn stop tell allt he guns are off the streets.
The bottom line is guns are just to easy to kill alot of people with and removing that threat is more important, than joe hunter having a gun to kill cute littel animls with.
The state of the Union is: we all suck!

684 days ago
36.

DahhTroll    

IF theThe long weapon used wasnt high enough clabier to kill kids with one shot. He had to shot multipule times
on child to killl them. The truth some of the kids
proably bleed out befor anyone could get to them,
even the ones shot at close range sufferd .
Is the right to own a gun realy worth the damage being done. No its not.
Yikess.

684 days ago
37.

BB not bb    

He went to the school and argued with four staff members a few days before, and shot them all except one who was absent when he came back. He shot the principal when she lunged at him. I suppose the teacher who was absent would know what he was upset about.


People can be very rude when dealing with others when they should be using their authority to be a help to others. It seems many people just enjoy pushing others buttons to see how upset and frustrated they can make them. Then they meet the wrong one to mess with and he comes back to exact revenge.


Now they have little kids all over the country in terror over guns and begging the president to ban them. To me, this is all some kind of a set up. The reason why is being swept under the rug in favor of just banning the guns.


It might very well start a civil war here if the gun owners and patriots are suddenly told that guns are not longer allowed. They will probably shoot to the death to protect their civil liberties.


Obama is crying and saying something decisive must be done. This is all to pull on the heart strings of people so that they don't miss the one protection they have against a corrupt government when guns are taken away.

684 days ago
38.

cougar39    

More gun laws is not the answer. If a teacher was allowed to carry a firearm at school they could have shot and killed this s***bag before his cowardly butt could of killed 20 precious kids and 6 adults.

684 days ago
39.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Wtf would a women love guns that's crazy and to think she got killed with the same guns she loved so much

684 days ago
40.

BeSerious    

How proud is she now?

684 days ago
41.

It's Me    

Let's ban knives. Knives kill people. My uncle was killed by a knife so we got to ban them. We have to ban rope. Rope kills people by hanging. Oh....we should ban pencils because they mis-spell words.

684 days ago
42.

olh    

I believe what 90% of ALL kids need is a boot on their a~~!!!.seriously , discipline growing up

684 days ago
43.

rlemons    

I have been so upset over this I can't stop crying. I look at my six and 9 yr olds and think that could happen to them. No words can describe how these parents feel. We have to do something now to keep are schools safer for out kids. And if that means no parents friends relatives are allowed in the schools period during school hours I'm all for it. That should be a safe place for them.

684 days ago
44.

rouge    

It was pointed out to me today that Mexico has 1(legal) gun store ...consider the level of violence by gun that persists in spite of the lack of access. Point is, the person pulling the trigger kills, and until society addresses the underlying issues, no amount of legislation and prohibition will make a difference.

684 days ago
45.

briana    

forget a motive..dere iz no way we humans can sit and think about how these kids and adults..mainly the 6 and 7 year old kids felt and the fear they had wen he walked in there class room..pointed a rifle at them wit no emotion and no care and ended there young lifes before they got started..its disgusting for someone to kill but more disgusting for someone to take the lives of lil kids dat have done nothing to deserve thing..senseless

684 days ago
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