HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Investigators have released a long-awaited report on the Newtown school shooting, nearly a year after the massacre of 20 children and six women inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The 44-page report offers a detailed look at the shooting rampage that rocked the Connecticut town.
The Dec. 14, 2012, shooting plunged Newtown into mourning, elevated gun safety to the top of the agenda for President Barack Obama and led states across the country to re-evaluate laws on issues such as school safety.
WARNING: CONTENTS OF REPORT MAY BE VERY DISTURBING
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The prosecutor who led the investigation into the Newtown school shooting said it did not determine a motive for the attack.
State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III also said there is also no clear indication why gunman Adam Lanza chose Sandy Hook as the target for his rampage other than the fact that it was close to his home.
“The purpose of the investigation was to determine what crimes had been committed and whether anyone will be prosecuted as a result of those crimes,” Sedensky said in a statement accompanying the report’s release. “Based on a painstaking investigation it is determined that there will be no arrests or prosecutions. The Connecticut State Police are to be commended for their tireless work on this investigation and their consideration of the families and victims involved. With the release of this report today the investigation is closed, and no additional release of information or documents by this office is anticipated.”
The report concludes that Lanza acted alone.
Sedensky said Lanza had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and interact with others but did not affect his mental state for the crimes. Lanza had an “obsession with mass murder, in particular the Columbine shootings” in 1999, according to the report. He also was fascinated with violent video games, including one called “School Shooting.”
“There were contradictory views of him by people who knew him,” Gene O’Donnell, a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told CBS 2’s Dick Brennan. “But nobody thought he was going to walk into a school and shoot under these circumstances.
“It’s not very clear what the indicators are, what triggers this, what sets the person off and whether anybody could intervene,” O’Donnell added.
Lanza was carrying more than 30 pounds of guns and ammunition with him at the school and had the ability and intention to kill more than the 26 victims, the report concluded.