Police release documents on Newtown massacre
Police in Connecticut have released thousands of pages of documents from the investigation into last year's school massacre in Newtown.
The Friday afternoon release could shed additional light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza.
The paperwork "has been redacted according to law," and it includes text, photos and 911 calls received by state police.
Prosecutors issued a summary of the investigation last month that portrayed Lanza as obsessed with mass murders, but the report concluded that Lanza's motives for the massacre might never be known.
Lanza gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother inside their home. He committed suicide with a handgun as police arrived at the school.
- Five teachers were meeting in Classroom 20 between 9 and 9:30 a.m. when they heard banging. Someone entered the room and told them to leave because he thought he smelled gunpowder. They began to hide, and then broke a window to climb out. Four of the five crawled out, but one couldn't get through the window and stayed behind. The ones who escaped ran to a Subway restaurant across the street from the school.
- Teachers told investigators they heard janitor Rick Thorn confront gunman Adam Lanza and attempt to get him to leave the school. One teacher, who was hiding in a closet in the math lab, heard Thorn yell, "Put the gun down!" Thorn was not killed.
- A male friend of Lanza's mother, Nancy, told investigators she had planned to sell their home in Newtown and move to Washington state or North Carolina, where she hoped Adam could get a job. She planned to buy an RV for Adam Lanza to sleep in. If they went to Washington, Nancy said, there was a special school where she planned to enroll him. In North Carolina, she said, a friend owned a computer firm and had agreed to give Adam a job and teach him the business.
- Images taken at the Lanza home show an open case of earplugs used to protect the hearing of someone firing a gun, curved ammunition magazines and gun cases. One room's windows are covered with dark plastic bags. In Nancy Lanza's room, where she was killed in bed, the rifle used by her son lay on the floor nearby.
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