New report on Newtown massacre shooter out Friday
HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A report on the 20-year-old man who killed 26 people at an elementary school in Connecticut is being released Friday by a state agency that investigated whether anything about his mental health and educational history should lead to child-protection policy changes.
Adam Lanza killed his mother then shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012, and gunned down 20 children and six educators before committing suicide.
The Office of Child Advocate and the state’s Child Fatality Review Panel investigate all child deaths in the state, with a focus on preventing future tragedies.
The office said Thursday that this report will focus on Lanza and “an understanding of his personal, educational, mental health and medical trajectory can inform public health systems.”
The police investigation into the massacre concluded more than a year ago with prosecutors saying in a summary report that the motive might never be known.
Documents released by police in December 2013 indicated Lanza was interested in mass killings, played violent video games and had books that dealt with death. That report also included descriptions of Lanza’s disturbing childhood writings and his mental health troubles and sporadic treatment.
A Connecticut judge last year ordered Newtown school officials to give Lanza’s records the Office of Child Advocate for its investigation.
The governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has been waiting for the office’s report before releasing its recommendations on what the state can do to prevent and respond to future incidents.
Child Advocate Sarah H. Eagan already has met with the families of the victims and Newtown school officials to discuss the findings.