After smashing through the school’s glass security doors and leaving a trail of death in a killing spree that lasted only minutes, Lanza killed himself with a single bullet to the head from a 10 mm gun. The bullet was recovered from a classroom wall.
Three unnamed survivors were treated in nearby Danbury hospital and are now being given trauma counselling.
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“Ticking timebomb”: Gun maniac Adam Lanza rowed with four staff members at school where he massacred 26 victims
Lanza is described as an outcast and a troubled “genius” by those who knew him
The maniac behind the Sandy Hook massacre was a disturbed “ticking TIMEBOMB” who rowed with four school staff members the day before his murder rampage.
Adam Lanza – described as a detached loner by those who knew him – killed three of the colleagues during the massacre in which 20 children and six adults. died.
But the fourth person Lanza rowed with was not at school on Friday and was last night being interviewed by police who believe he or she may hold the key.
It also emerged that Lanza was trained to shoot by his gun-loving mother Nancy – who he blasted in the face and killed first, before setting off for the school .
Her former landscaper, Dan Holmes said: “She’d take her two sons to the range a lot, to practise their aim. Nancy was an enthusiast – so much so that she wanted to pass it on to her kids.
“Whenever I finished work and went inside to chit-chat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection and she was really quite proud of it.
“I remember one time she brought a nice case out and when she opened it up, she pulled out this beautiful old rifle. She was really proud of that one. She would just smile when she looked at it.”
No clear motive had emerged for the killing spree last night, but investigators were forming a disturbing portrait of Lanza, who had a troubled childhood, compounded by the marriage bust-up of his wealthy, middle-class parents. They eventually divorced in 2009.
Friends who knew him growing up described a young man with behavioural problems – consistent with Asperger’s Syndrome – who was marked out as an eccentric.
He would carry a brief case to lessons at Newtown High School but talked to virtually no one. The words “camera-shy” were written where his photograph should have been in the school yearbook of 2010.
Although a talented student whose name featured on the honour-roll at his school, Lanza flunked out and didn’t manage to get a job.
He was believed to be distant from his accountant dad Peter and estranged from his older brother Ryan, 24.
Thanks to a newly installed security system at the school, the doors were automatically locked at 9.30am, just before he arrived .
But Lanza smashed his way into the school office at 9.40am and started stalking the corridors, firing round after round with his .223-calibre assault rifle.
In a matter of minutes he’d slaughtered 20 innocent children aged six and seven, as well as the adults. More guns were recovered during the police investigation.
State police Lt Paul Vance said one person suffered an injury and survived, indicating that Lanza was unusually accurate or methodical in his fire – or that most of his victims were shot at point-blank range.
Witnesses say he didn’t say a word as he fired off at least 100 rounds before turning the gun on himself.
Police investigating Lanza’s background claim that so far, they have found no note or manifesto and he had no criminal history.
A “computer genius”, he left no trace on Facebook or Twitter.
Police who found his mother’s body said they were astonished by his bedroom, which was not typical of a 20-year-old male. Everything was immaculate with clothes and shoes neatly stored.
An officer said he was struck that someone on his way to commit mass murder would leave a room in such pristine condition.
Some reports say he’d had a longrunning dispute with his mother. She organised family outings to go target shooting at local gun ranges.
Neighbour and childhood pal Tim Dalton
Olivia DeVivo, a classmate of Lanza’s at elementary school,
Alex Israel, 20, who was in the same class at Newtown High School with Lanza, said: “He was really quiet, he kept to himself.
Tim Arnon, 20, was a member of a school computer club with Lanza.