NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Connecticut State Police said it is not accurate to say that a motive has been established for the Dec. 14 shooting rampage in Newtown.
But investigators may have pieced together a big part of the puzzle in determining what drove gunman Adam Lanza to murder 26 people, including 20 first graders, that day.
Lanza was apparently obsessed with Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a July 2011 attack in downtown Oslo and at a teen summer camp, according to sources who spoke to CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr.
Criminologist Jack Levin at Northeastern University said Lanza’s isolation and a possible rivalry with other mass killers are characteristics that the Sandy Hook gunman shares with other shooters.
“It is not surprising that a school shooter would be inspired to break a record that was left by another school shooter. We’ve seen this happen at Columbine, a massacre that inspired killers all over the world – in Finland, in Germany, in Brazil, Australia, Canada and the United States,” Levin told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “They want to capture the attention of the world. They want desperately to become infamous and that’s why they talk about setting records, amassing large body counts.”