State police in Connecticut today made public thousands of pages related to their investigation into Adam Lanza and the Newtown shooting, and media outlets are poring over the text, audio, and video to see whether they might shed more light on his actions. You can see the files here. Authorities withheld information that would identify witnesses and children, including photos of the victims, notes AP. The Hartford Courant has a live blog going as its reporters go over the documents. Some excerpts from there and from CNN:
- Before the shooting, police say Nancy Lanza traveled to New Hampshire for a few days as an "experiment" to leave her son home alone. She stayed at a hotel, and her son shot her the morning after she returned.
- She had told a friend that the 20-year-old Lanza had "some sort of autism," that life was difficult, but that she was proud of his accomplishments and never felt in danger.
- At the school, an officer went to Lanza as he lay on the ground and asked Lanza who had shot him; he was trying to get a response, apparently unaware that Lanza was the gunman and had just shot himself.
- Police took a birthday card from the house sent to Lanza by his father: "Send me an e-mail when you want to go hunting or shooting," it read.
- A neighbor heard gunshots the morning of the shooting, apparently when Lanza killed his mother, but chalked it up to hunters.
- "My God, he's still shooting," a wounded teacher is quoted as saying. "Whoever he is, he's still shooting."
- After the shooting, police had to slide their badges under classroom doors to prove it was safe to come out.
- An officer carried one of the young victims from the school, saying, "Come on, sweetie, come on sweetie."