Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's home contained an arsenal of guns, more than
1,000 rounds of ammunition, Samurai swords, a bayonet and knives, search
warrants released Thursday indicate.
The warrants show police found the items after searching Lanza's home and car following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where Lanza killed 20 first graders and six adults.
Portions of the documents were blacked out, including the name of a witness who told police that Sandy Hook Elementary School was Adam's "life." Police found a copy of Adam Lanza's report card from Sandy Hook in the house.
The warrants state that investigators found at two rifles, a BB gun and starter pistol in the house, including the .22 rifle that he used to kill his mother, Nancy Lanza, before going on his killing spree. Lanza had taken four additional guns with him to the school.
Police also found thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment and video gaming consoles, and a receipt to a gun range in Weatherford, Okla.
A gun safe, where some weapons were stored, was located in Adam Lanza's bedroom, a warrant indicates. The list of more ammunition filled nearly two pages. Investigators found full boxes of shotgun shells with buckshot, hundreds of rounds for the .22 rifle, numerous boxes of ammunition for handguns as well as the instruction manual for the Bushmaster used in the shooting.
Investigators found 12 knives, three Samurai swords, a bayonet, eye protection, ear muffs for a gun range, Simmons binoculars, paper targets and Adam Lanza's National Rifle Association certificate.
They found journals that Lanza kept, although the warrants do not provide details of what they said. Investigators confiscated Lanza's video games, unidentified medical records and printed email conversations. They discovered books about living with Asperger syndrome, the condition with which Adam Lanza was diagnosed.
Investigators found a gun safe open and with no indication that it had been broken into. In one warrant, there is also a reference to a gun safe in Adam Lanza's bedroom, along with a smashed computer hard drive and gaming console. Among the video games found was "Call To Duty," a warrant states.
Police found three photographs of a dead person covered in plastic and blood. The warrants do not indicate whether authorities know the identity of the person.
They also found a bank check to Adam Lanza from his mother for "the purchase of a C183 (firearm)," one of the warrants states. Although investigators identified the "C183" as a firearm, it is unclear if any such weapon with that designation is made. Police confiscated a military-style uniform from Adam Lanza's bedroom, a warrant indicates.
Families of the victims were briefed late Wednesday night about what details were going to be released in the search warrants.
"It was obvious his intention was to do a lot of damage and he was certainly capable of doing that...considering the amount of ammunition he had," said Mark Barden, father of slain first-grader Daniel Barden.
Of Nancy Lanza, he said, "as a parent, I would think that she probably could have made different choices with how she came to spend her time with her son. Fishing comes to mind."
Barden said that he hoped the release of the warrants would remind the
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