Sandy Hook report doesn't find motive for shooting

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November 25, 2013, 10:16 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo) - Nearly a year after 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with an arsenal of rifles, guns and ammunition, and took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators, a highly anticipated summary report of what happened that day has been released.
 


"I think it makes it worse but it's the only way to do it is the reality," Conn. Governor Dan Malloy said.
 
The report examines Lanza himself, who was obsessed with weapons, computers and violent video games; who kept clippings of previous mass shootings; a shut in who let no one in his bedroom; who was troubled by mental health issues, diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder, and refusing to take suggested medications or undergo suggested therapies.

The report determined Lanza acted alone - first killing his mother in her bed, before traveling to Sandy Hook and carrying out the shooting in a matter of minutes - only killing himself after the first officer was on scene.

But for all its detail, what the 48-page report doesn't answer is why this shooting happened.
 
Jeffrey Schutz, a family therapist in Newtown, said, "This'll answer a lot of questions for the police and information many professionals need to know. I'm not convinced it's gonna answer the deeper questions."
 
But not everyone feels that way. Gilles Rousseau, victim Lauren Rousseau's father, says he thinks the report can be helpful.
 
"I think it will be good for the residents of Newtown to have some kind of closure, for them to understand more what happened," he said.
 
But he says it doesn't change the fact that he still thinks of what his daughter went through in the last moments of her life.
 
"I don't know what I would have done, faced with having 15 kids in my classroom, all little first graders and hearing shots - guns going on in the hallway and, for her to have really stood there and took the brunt of the bullets, it was many bullets in her body, because she was in front of them," Rousseau said.
 
Rousseau says he believes the whole story will come out in January. That's when the full state police report is expected to be released, which is expected to be thousands of pages.

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