three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster, each containing 30 rounds. They
also located in the area of the shootings six additional 30-round magazines
containing 0, 0, 0, 10, 11, and 13 live rounds respectively.
Police believe that Lanza was simulating the video games that he loved to play by switching out the ammunition in the Bushmaster as he moved from room to room and before the magazine was empty. It is a characteristic of hard core gamers to constantly switch magazines so that they are never out of ammunition when entering a room.
Lanza blasted his way into the school by shooting out the front glass and then proceeded to two classrooms firing 154 bullets in less than five minutes. He killed himself with one final shot as police were closing in.
Lanza killed 17 people in Lauren Rousseau's classroom, including 15 children, shooting most of them at point blank range as they tried to hide in a bathroom in the back of the classroom. One girl survived by playing dead.
He then backtracked into the classroom of Victoria Soto and killed seven more, including five children. All were shot multiple times.
Six students escaped from Soto's classroom when Lanza's Bushmaster AR-15 apparently jammed during the shooting spree. Police found a round in the chamber of the Bushmaster when they found Lanza's body. The magazine still had 14 rounds in it. Five other children were found hiding in a closet in that room. Lanza's body was found in Soto's room.
State police applied for four search warrants within the first few days of the massacre. On the day of the shootings, police obtained a warrant for the Honda Civic Lanza was driving -- where they found a loaded shotgun with 70 rounds -- as well as the home, which they entered after 7:25 p.m., according to court records.
Police also obtained a search warrant for the house on Dec. 15 and another one on Dec. 16, records show. Under state law, police have 14 days to return a search warrant to the court along with an itemized list of what was removed during their search.
Malloy released a statement Thursday saying that the additional details only enhanced what we already knew -- that a disturbed individual killed 20 children and 6 educators with a weapon that he should not have had access to.
Malloy also commented on the fact Lanza took only high capacity magazines with him into the school.
"We knew he used 30 round magazines to do it, and that they allowed him to do maximum damage in a very short period of time. And we now know that he left the lower capacity magazines at home," Malloy said. "This is exactly why we need to ban high capacity magazines and why we need to tighten our assault weapons ban. I don't know what more we can need to know before we take decisive action to prevent gun violence."
Nancy Lanza, a New Hampshire farm girl and sister of a police officer who had been around firearms all her life, bought the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and the other weapons used in the Sandy Hook rampage between 2010 and 2012.
Nancy Lanza took Adam Lanza to shooting ranges, and characterized those experiences to close friends as "a way to bond" with her son, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in middle school.
The darkness surrounding Adam Lanza began to creep into his life in 2010, when Lanza was 18. His mother had withdrawn him from Newtown High School when he was 16. He then went to Western Connecticut State University, but left after one year. He attended a community college, but also left that school after a year. He worked at a part-time job for a while repairing computers, but the job ended when the business shut down.
Until 2010, his father, who had divorced Nancy Lanza the previous year , had kept up regular visits with Adam, taking him hiking and going to coin shows, among other activities. But the 18-year-old abruptly severed ties with the father, and with his brother Ryan, in 2010.
Courant reporters Jenny Wilson, Edmund H. Mahony, Josh Kovner and Matthew Kauffman contributed to this story.
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