Adam Lanza's Motive: Out-Kill Norway Shooter
Sandy Hook gunman was obsessed with Breivik: sources
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2013 6:41 PM CST
This undated file photo circulated by law enforcement and provided by NBC News, shows Adam Lanza.   (AP Photo/NBC News, File)

(Newser) – Adam Lanza drew motivation from Norway's most notorious mass murderer when he opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, CBS News reports by way of two sources. The officials, who have been briefed on the investigation, say Lanza considered himself in competition with Anders Breivik, who bombed and gunned down 77 people in July of 2011. Wanting to out-kill Breivik, Lanza picked Sandy Hook as the "easiest target" containing the "largest cluster of people."

Lanza had honed his shooting skills by obsessively playing video games in the basement of his family home, and may have considered his death toll of six adults and 20 first graders to be a kind of "score." He also practiced shooting real guns with his mother at a shooting range. The sources were light on details, but said investigators have uncovered evidence of Lanza's obsession with Breivik. But Lt. J. Paul Vance told CBS News that the investigation is ongoing and that any revelations about motive are just speculation.

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Disgusted2013
Feb 20, 2013 8:51 AM CST
First Lanza's motive was jealousy. His mother cared more for her kindergarten students than she did for him. Then it turned out his mother wasn't a kindergarten teacher at all despite the fact that the school nurse described Mrs. Lanza in glowing terms. So we need a new motive: Anger. Anger that his mother planned to have him hospitalized due to mental issues. Oh, geez, mental issues would mean we might need a national dialog on something other than gun control. Scrap that one. Now the "autistic" Lanza collects information on mass shootings and may have been attempting to outgun some assassin in Norway. Americans have reached a real low point in their ability to think and reason if they are satisfied with the way this incident has been reported. Yes, on a visceral level we are offended that anyone would question an event where first graders were massacred, but in light of the FACT that the entire first day it was reported to be KINDERGARTNERS ( when that mistake was cleared up Mrs. Lanza suddenly was someone no one had ever heard of instead of the "caring" teacher), we owe it to ourselves as a society to take a closer look at the reporting of this story.
justmy2cents
Feb 19, 2013 9:14 PM CST
Enough. All these continuous newsfeeds accomplish is fodder for the next shooter. The boy was ill, the mother unable to cope and it created a tremendous mess. Start talking about good stuff and give people good examples to follow!
TeddyOctober
Feb 19, 2013 1:48 PM CST
"honed his shooting skills by obsessively playing video games " What a far reaching, nonsensical addition to your "article", Colgrass. Complete conjecture, and utter horseshit.