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FBI releases documents on Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting

Police officers stand at the entrance to the street leading up to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a day after a shooting where 26 people died. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The FBI Tuesday released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents from its investigation into the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

More than 1,000 pages of documents were released on the agency’s archives page. The documents show that the FBI opened a grand jury within days of the shooting to collect information from internet companies that shooter Adam Lanza frequented.

There also are field notes from agents who canvassed the Yogananda Street neighborhood in Newtown where Lanza lived.

One neighbor told agents that the FBI had visited the Lanza home a few years earlier because Adam had hacked into a government computer system when he was in ninth grade. The neighbor said that Lanza made it through the second level of the unnamed government computer system before the FBI and CIA agents showed up at the house.

The neighbor said that Nancy Lanza, the shooter’s mother, told them the agents remarked that Adam “could have a job with them someday.”

Adam Lanza shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School of Dec. 14, 2012, and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders. He fired 154 shots in five minutes before killing himself. Before going to the school he killed his mother in their home, shooting her four times with a rifle while she slept.

FBI agents assisted the state police in the aftermath of the shooting. The documents released Tuesday are mostly redacted grand jury subpoenas and interviews agents conducted as well as records they obtained from schools and health providers.

The investigators hand-written field notes on the day of the massacre show how the agents, during their initial canvass of witnesses, gathered a wide range of facts about Nancy and Adam Lanza’s relationship that would later shed light on his increasingly isolated existence in the weeks before the murders.

Another person told agents that Nancy had confided in them that Adam hadn’t left his bedroom for three months prior to the massacre and that she only communicated with him via email. Several mentioned about how he had been freaked out by Superstorm Sandy when they lost power for days.

“He had no real friends,” an investigator noted, “and would not go out of the house to a hotel when electricity (was) out during Hurricane Sandy.”

Another friend told agents that while in school Adam was “bullied, but not excessively, for his social awkwardness and his physical gate.” Lanza weighed only 111 pounds at the time of his death.

In the hours after the massacre, federal authorities, in an effort to rapidly provide aid to the victims’ families, authorized the use of Terrorism Emergency Victim-Assistance Funds, newly released documents state.


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