Still No Police Report, or Toxicology Results, on Sandy Hook Killer

January 17, 2013 - 5:59 PM

One Month After Sandy Hook, the Facts About Shooter Adam Lanza are Still Sketchy

Adam Lanza photo provided by police to AP. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) –While President Barack Obama is moving ahead with executive orders and legislation to further tighten gun control in response to the mass murder committed by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., neither the toxicology report on Lanza's corpse nor the police report on his crime have been completed.

Lanza attacked the school on Dec. 14, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Before going to the school, he killed his mother at the home where he lived with her. When police arrived at the school during his murder spree, Lanza shot and killed himself.

A spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police told CNSNews.com on Friday that the investigation of Lanza's mass murder is ongoing and that the police report on it is still "several months away." They could not comment further because the investigation is still open.

Also, the office of the state's chief medical examiner told CNSNews.com that the results of a toxicology test on Lanza will not be available for "quite some time."  Once it is completed, the office said,  the cause and manner of death will be made public but not the actual toxicology report.

Despite no police report or toxicology test results, lawmakers and the president are calling for stricter gun control and  mental health reforms. Obama and others have called for reinstating the 1994 “assault weapons” ban; and on Jan. 16 Obama issued 23 executive orders to further address gun violence.

Among the executive orders is one clarifying the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) so that it does not prohibit doctors from “asking their patients about guns in their homes,” and launching a “national dialogue led by [Health and Human Services and Education] Secretaries [Kathleen] Sebelius and [Arne] Duncan on mental health.”

At present, however, it is not documented that Adam Lanza suffered from a mental illness or that he was taking any medication at the time of the shooting. In fact, according to news reports, an autopsy showed that there was “nothing unusual” with Lanza’s brain, and the toxicology report is not completed.

Obama Gun Control

President Barack Obama, accompanied by children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting  in Newtown, Conn., signs executive orders, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

What we do know is that Adam Lanza stole guns legally purchased by his mother, Nancy Lanza, which he used to kill her and 26 people at Sandy Hook; these firearms included two handguns and a Bushmaster .223 AR-15 rifle. That weapon is not restricted under Connecticut’s assault weapons ban unless it has added features, such as a bayonet mount or a grenade launcher, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.

Investigators said Lanza was wearing ear plugs when he fired approximately 150 rounds using a method called “jungle taping,” in which two magazines are taped together so he could re-load faster.  He also switched magazines before they were empty, sometimes only shooting 15 of the 30 rounds.

Lanza reportedly destroyed the hard drive to his computer, further complicating the investigation.  A plumber who worked at the Lanza home said Adam spent hours in his basement playing violent video games, such as “Call of Duty.”

Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that a former classmate said Lanza “worshipped the devil” and had an “online page dedicated to Satan.”

“The FBI are trying to piece together his smashed up hard drive to see if his online footprint will reveal any motive for the killing, but they strongly believe he made use of devil-worshiping and suicide sites and boasted of his murder plans on message forums,” according to the Daily Mail.

Lanza was from an affluent family in Newtown, Conn., where he lived with his mother, Nancy, 52, in a $1.4 million home.  His father, Peter Lanza, is an executive for General Electric, and lives in Stamford, Conn.  His parents divorced in 2009 and public divorce records made no mention of Lanza suffering from mental illness.