Additional Sandy Hook Information Released

| April 2, 2013

Danbury State Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III authorized the release of new information concerning the December 14, 2012, tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Events

First, on the morning of December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, the shooter, age 20, shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, age 52, in her bed with a .22 caliber rifle. There was no indication of a struggle.

Later the shooter went to Sandy Hook Elementary school where he shot his way into the building and killed 20 children and 6 adults with a Bushmaster .223 caliber model XM15 rifle. One person was wounded.

The shooter took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 10 mm handgun. He also had a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun on his person.

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.

Weapons And Ammunition

The guns used in the shootings were apparently all purchased by the shooter’s mother. There is currently no indication that the shooter attempted to purchase the guns and was denied.

The Bushmaster was loaded with a 30-round capacity magazine. Fourteen rounds were in the magazine when the Bushmaster was recovered by police. There was one round in the chamber. In addition to more ammunition for the handguns, he was carrying 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.

In total, he had 10 30-round magazines, carrying 300 rounds of .223 ammunition.

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in the shooter’s car, and confiscated.

The gun locker at 36 Yogananda St. was open when the police arrived. It was unlocked and there was no indication that it had been broken into.

Investigation Continues

The Connecticut State Police, the Newtown Police Department and other state and federal law enforcement agencies are not only continuing to investigate, but are still in the process of compiling reports, statements from witnesses, and documenting, examining and testing physical and digital evidence that has been obtained.

Sedensky and the state police also released the results of a search warrant documenting items found at the school, in the shooter’s car, and at his home.

A full report is expected this summer.


  1. Danbury State’s Attorney Releases Additional Information on December 14, 2012, Incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  2. Search Warrant Offers Complete List Of Sandy Hook Guns, Other Items
  3. Was The Weapon Used At Sandy Hook An AR-15?

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