Newtown Shooter Lanza Did Not ‘Snap,” FBI Files Say

Newly released documents say that Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, had planned the attack nearly two years earlier.

Adam Lanza, the shooter in the 2012 Newtown, Ct., elementary school massacre, “did not snap” and had planned the attack as early as March 2011, say newly released FBI documents reported by the Wall Street Journal. The bureau made public hundreds of pages of documents related to the criminal investigation of the shooting, providing new insight into the weeks leading up to the attack by Lanza, 20, in which he killed 20 children and six adults. Investigators found that Lanza had a deteriorating relationship with his mother Nancy in the days leading to the shooting. Ms. Lanza said her son, who had become a vegan, hadn’t left his room for three months before the shooting and would communicate only by email. Lanza told his mother he wanted to move to Seattle “where it was dark and gloomy.”

Ms. Lanza said her son hacked a government computer system when he was in the ninth grade. She said his hacking prompted a visit by either the FBI or the Central Intelligence Agency. The FBI told families of victims that Lanza had a complex background “featuring many problematic bio-psycho-social issues. Historical, clinical, and contextual factors contributed to the shooter’s extremely rigid world view. The shooter did not ‘snap,’ but instead engaged in careful, methodical planning and preparation.” The bureau said, “There is evidence to suggest that the shooter had an interest in children that could be categorized as pedophilia.” One person who claimed to communicate via email with Lanza said he “devoted almost all of his internet activity to researching and discussing mass murders and spree killings.”