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Redacted search warrants unsealed in Newtown shooting investigation

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky has released 5 redacted search warrants related to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  In an emailed statement accompanying the documents, he released some details about what happened at the school on December 14.


"Recovered from the person of the shooter, in addition to more ammunition for the handguns, were three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster, each containing 30 rounds. Located in the area of the shootings were six additional 30-round magazines containing 0, 0, 0, 10, 11, and 13 live rounds respectively. One-hundred-and-fifty-four spent .223 casings were recovered from the scene.  It is currently estimated that the time from when the shooter shot his way into the school until he took his own life was less than five minutes."


According to one search warrant, a responding Police officer said there were numerous school children and school personnel located dead from apparent gun shot wounds in the first two classrooms located off the main hallway.  That's also where a white male dressed in military clothing was located.

A person, whose name was redacted, told investigators "...rarely left the house...considered a shut in, was an avid gamer...played Call of Duty".  This person also said there was a gun safe with at least 4 guns in the home.  The unidentified witness said Adam Lanza attended Sandy Hook Elementary and that the school was "his life".

One of the search warrants was for the car that Lanza took to the school.  In addition to DNA evidence, there was a shotgun with two magazines containing 70 rounds.

Receipts and emails documenting firearm ammunition and shooting supplies, printed email conversations located in the living room and books about Asbergers, Autism and the NRA guide to basics of pistol shooting were recovered from the home.  Police also seized 3 Samurai swords, a BB gun, 9 knives with blades ranging from 5 inches to 12 inches, a rifle scope and other similar items.


There was also a holiday card with a check, made out by Nancy Lanza, to Adam Lanza for the purchase of C183 firearm.

Also seized were three photographs with images of what appeared to be dead people covered with plastic that had blood visible, an article about the shooting at Northern Illinois University, 1 military style uniform and a box of personal writings from Adam Lanza's bedroom.

As previously reported. investigators found a smashed computer hard drive, a gaming console and a gun safe in what is believed to be Adam Lanza's bedroom.  

In another search warrant, the contents of a gun safe was detailed.


The search warrants can be viewed here: One, Two, Three, Four, Five

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