Adam Lanza, the shooter who massacred 20 children and six adults last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, spent hours in the windowless basement of his home playing violent video games like “Call of Duty” and obsessing over “guns and military equipment.”
Peter Wlasuk, a plumber who worked at the Lanza home, told The Sun that Lanza “lived in the basement” and he found it “strange.”
“He had a proper set up down there computers, a bathroom, bed and desk and a TV,” Wlasuk said. “There were no windows.
Wlasuk said he went down to the basement on numerous occasions while doing work at Lanza’s home and said Lanza also had a “huge poster with every tank ever made” and another one with “every piece of military equipment the U.S. ever made.” He said the Lanza brothers could tell “you about guns they had never seen from the 40s, 50s and 60s.”
Lanza was suspected of being mentally ill and may have had Asperger’s. His high school assigned him to a counselor because they feared he may harm himself but not others.
According to reports, Lanza’s mother was a “a gun enthusiast who owned at least five weapons” and “took her younger son to a local firing range just days before the rampage.”
A family friend told NBC that Lanza’s mother said she wanted to introduce Adam to guns to teach him a “sense of responsibility.”
Guns require a lot of respect and she really tried to instill that,” the friend said. “And he took to it. He loved being careful with them. He made it a source of pride.
I've seen this stated a number of times. Other than owning guns, I wonder if there is any evidence the mother actually was a gun enthusiast. I suspect she was just a hyper-indulgent mother and bought them at the behest of her son.
One gun range owner said he didn't know them and the FBI didn't find their names on the sign in sheets going way back.
A little impossible to volunteer at the school and have no one there know her. That sounds like more of a rumor they keep rehashing.
Him being in the basement is nothing. Lots of guys would love a man cave in the basement. With his mental state, windows may have been a distraction he couldn't handle.
Oh, no! He had military posters and played video games!!!! Gee, why didn't his brother go bonkers if that was the cause? Why haven't everyone who has these in their rooms go on shooting sprees? Enough with blaming video games and guns. The guy was mental. Banning guns isn't the solution to mental illness.