Warrants Released in Sandy Hook Shooting Investigation

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Families visit St. Rose church in Newtown, Conn., for Sunday mass, just two days after a deadly shooting at nearby Sandyhook Elementary School. Families visit St. Rose church in Newtown, Conn., for Sunday mass, just two days after a deadly shooting at nearby Sandyhook Elementary School. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Warrants that investigators used to search the home and car of the man who shot and killed 26 people inside a Newtown elementary school were released Thursday morning, as well as information about the ongoing investigation. The documents were sealed for 90 days during the investigation. 

The documents (PDF) reveal Adam Lanza kept an arsenal of ammunition and weapons in his mother's home. Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. He also killed his mother that day, and finally shot himself.

Found in the house were boxes of ammunition for a Ruger, Winchester, Blaser and Lawmen rifles; a Savage Mark II .22 caliber rifle with a magazine; an Enfield Albian bolt action .323 caliber rifle; and nine knives, including three samurai swords. Other items that begin to outline who Adam Lanza was include various book on autism, a photo of a dead person wrapped in plastic and a certificate from the National Rifle Association.

In a statement online the NRA notes, "There is no record of a member relationship between Newtown killer Adam Lanza, nor between Nancy Lanza, A. Lanza or N. Lanza with the National Rifle Association."

The FBI interviewed one person, whose name was redacted, who said that Lanza rarely left home, played the video game Call of Duty and had at least four guns in a gun safe. The person said Sandy Hook was Lanza's "life."

The documents confirmed that Lanza's computer was smashed.

The Conn. State Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III released a document Thursday detailing parts of the ongoing investigation. It notes that a 12-gauge shotgun was found in Lanza's black Honda Civic outside Sandy Hook Elementary School and that the shooting was over in less than five minutes.

It notes that all of the guns recovered were purchased legally. "There is currently no indication that the shooter attempted to purchase the guns and was denied. The gun locker at 36 Yogananda St. was open when the police arrived. It was unlocked and there was no indication that it had been broken into," Stephen J. Sedensky, Conn. State Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury wrote in a statement.

Lanza, 20, used his mother's Bushmaster rifle in the shooting. He killed her before driving to the school. She was found in her bed with a gun shot wound to the head.  A rifle was found near the bed. Lanza killed himself in the elementary school with a single shot from a Glock 10 mm handgun, according to investigators.

The full report may be completed by the summer.

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Inside a Killer’s Home - here’s what authorities found in the home Adam Lanza shared with his mother:

Reading List: Books

“Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asbergers”

“Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant”

“NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting”

“Train Your Brain to Get Happy”


Arsenal: Weapons discovered

9 knives

3 samurai swords

1 six-foot, 10 inch wood handled pole with a blade on one end and a spear on the other

Savage Mark II .22 caliber rifles

Several boxes with thousands of rounds of ammunition for Ruger, Winchester, Blazer, Lawmen firearms


Documents: Notes and Clippings

NRA certificate

Email from 

Receipts and emails documenting firearm/ ammunition shooting supplies

Birthday card from Nancy Lanza with Bank of America check made out for purchase of C183 firearm

New York Times clipping dated 2/18/2008 regard school shooting in Northern Illinois University

A handwritten “To-do list” for Nancy Lanza dated Dec. 14-Dec.20


Other items:

X-Box with Call of Duty

Various journals and drawings by Adam Lanza

Smashed computer

Various hard drives and cell phones 

Three photographs with images of what investigators say appear to be dead bodies covered with plastic and blood

Family photos


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Comments [3]

Eric Bosworth

I agree with Dennis. What difference does it make what he had in his house? I have a .22 rifle with thousands of rounds of ammunition but that doesn't make me a mass murderer. For all of you gun control freaks I would like to challenge you to find a case of an injury that occurred during a high school shooting competition. When I was in high school we had a rifle team and a rifle club. My father was a teacher and the reason I have .22 long ammunition is because he took it when they declared that guns are dangerous and can't be in schools. Injuries occur all the time in high school sports like football, hockey, basket ball, lacrosse, and swimming but they didn't happen with shooting competitions. Before anybody can start a debate saying we need gun control they need to first discuss gun safety. Where is that taught now? Living in New Yuck my .22 is illegal if I fill it with ammunition because it has a 10 round clip. That does nothing to change poor gun safety habits. My wife is an elementary school teacher and last year she had a student that killed his brother with a gun accident. An accident that easily could have been avoided with proper gun safety practices. Banning guns is not the solution. We need to look at the real cause of the violence in this country. The worst movie I have ever seen is Natural Born Killers. It was a terrible movie but the underlying satire is right on the money. I can be famous too, I just need to go on a killing spree. Obama's comments after this horrific event was terrible. He should have said "Our thoughts and prayers go out the the victims and their families. Unlike the media, beyond that, I refuse to glorify this event with any further comment."

Apr. 01 2013 02:13 PM

It is amazing the differances in reporting..

I would like to see the coroners report as to what caliber bullets actually killed those poor children. That would prove what weapons were used.

Mar. 28 2013 03:30 PM

Wow, it's actually pretty shocking how much weapon power he had with him, and even more shocking is that no one did anything to do not let him have them. Just found this video made by a policeman at the house on forum: . Wonder if this will make it to the news, as so far it seems it hasn't been published yet.

Mar. 28 2013 12:07 PM

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