Mom Planned to Have Lanza Committed: Source

Joshua Flashman tells Fox News it could have caused shooter to snap

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2012 6:48 AM CST | Updated Dec 19, 2012 10:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Investigators have yet to offer a motive for Adam Lanza's deadly rampage, but a Newtown resident offers one theory to Fox News: Lanza lost it because his mother planned to commit him against his will. Joshua Flashman, the son of a Newtown pastor, says he has been told that Nancy Lanza was petitioning the court to get conservatorship over her son so she could then send him to a mental institution, and Adam was "really, really angry" about it. "I think this could have been it, what set him off.” Another resident tells Fox a similar story; police say only that Nancy's plans for "his future mental health treatment" are being reviewed in the search for a motive. Other recent revelations:

  • Though most reports say she had no ties to Sandy Hook Elementary, Flashman says Nancy Lanza volunteered with kindergartners there last year. Adam may have believed that "his mom loved him less than she loved the kids, loved the school," he says.
  • The shooter cut off all ties with his father, Peter Lanza, in 2010, following his parents' 2009 divorce, a source tells NBC News. The couple separated—apparently amicably—in 2001, and Adam saw his father every week in the ensuing years. The source says Peter hadn't seen or heard from his son since 2010.
  • A close friend of Nancy's told PIX 11 that Adam was a vegan ... because he "didn’t want to hurt animals."
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This undated photo shows Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage.
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage.   (AP Photo/NBC News)
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook.
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook.   (AP Photo)
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