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Official Report: Mental Health Problems, Guns Fueled Sandy Hook Massacre

By    |   Monday, 25 Nov 2013 07:43 PM

An 11-month investigation into the tragic Newtown, Conn., school shooting has concluded gunman Adam Lanza's actions resulted from the result of mental-health issues, including an obsession with murder, and access to weapons.

The 48-page report, released Monday, said Lanza's bedroom was filled with news stories of past school shootings, photographs of blood-covered people and violent video games. But it did not offer an explanation of why Lanza chose to target Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he fatally shot 20 students and six faculty members on Dec. 14, 2012.

Lanza's access to weapons was the result of a stockpile of high-powered guns and ammunition bought by his mother, whom he killed before driving to the school and continuing the massacre.

The day the report was released, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott said recordings of the 911 calls related to the massacre finally might be released to the
public.

"We are gearing up for the release of the investigation report, will learn of the disposition of the tapes of the 911 calls and will experience the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School," Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra wrote, calling for the release of the 911 tapes.

"Each of these happenings has the potential to feel like a body blow. It takes our breath away, and we struggle to regain our balance," Llodra wrote.

As the anniversary of the shooting approaches, residents of the town are bracing for a deluge of official information that is sure to reopen wounds. Unofficial information about the shootings — some of it quite painful — has plagued Newtown for months.

"We cannot stop the drip-drip-drip of leaked information," Llodra wrote. "Is it possible that those persons who feel compelled to speak without authority and without permission do not know the harm they do?"

While the town is bracing for a media flood on the Dec. 14 anniversary, no public commemoration is planned. Residents will mourn the day quietly and privately, Llodra said.

"We can tap into that inner strength we have called upon again and again over this past year to confront what we must, manage that hurt as best we can and put it behind us somehow," she wrote.

"We have a choice on Dec. 14. We have called upon every person to honor those who lost their lives that day in a personal, kind way."

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