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The latest news on Newtown from Business Insider

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    Peter Read, the father of one of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre, was standing next to two women who shouted their collective frustration at the U.S. Senate after lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases.

    "Shame on you!" they yelled.

    One of the women was Lori Haas, whose daughter survived the Virginia Tech massacre. Her daughter and Read's daughter, Mary, were both in the same French class when shots were fired. 

    The other woman was Pat Maisch, a hero of the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Maisch wrestled a magazine away from shooter Jared Loughner as he tried to reload. 

    "It's not hard to understand why they did it," Read said in a phone conversation after the background check legislation failed. "This is a failure for the American people. This is a failure for us."

    Read was among a coalition of families of recent mass-shooting victims who were in Washington for the vote Wednesday. Many of the family members sat in the gallery as Senators voted down new gun control measures. 

    Read told Business Insider it was hard to watch another day of what he called "doing nothing."

    "They don't understand," he said of the Senate. "They don't understand that we wake up with the choice to do nothing, or the choice to act."

    "We choose to act. They choose to do nothing."

    His sentiments were echoed by families of victims of other recent mass shootings, including the 2012 massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

    On a conference call after the vote Wednesday, Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, the principal killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, said she was "disgusted" by the outcome. Neil Heslin, father of slain child Jesse Lewis, called the Senators who voted no "cowardly." 

    "We're here, grieving in public, trying to show that change needs to happen," said Carlee Soto, the sister of slain teacher Jillian Soto. "We don't get to mourn in private."

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    Families of the victims of December's elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., lamented the "political game" they said prevented the passage of an amendment to expand background checks on gun purchases.

    The Senate on Wednesday failed to pass the bipartisan-sponsored amendment, as it fell short of the 60 votes needed to move it through the Senate. It drew an angry response from President Barack Obama and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, among others.

    Neil Heslin, whose son, Jesse Lewis, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, called Senators who prevented the amendment's passage "cowards."

    "It's not about the Second Amendment," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "It's strengthening and adding to laws that are already in effect. So I don't think they did justice for all the victims of Newtown."

    Heslin appeared on the show with Carlee Soto, the sister of slain teacher Vicki Soto, and Erica Lafferty, the daughter of slain principal Dawn Hochsprung. 

    Lafferty said she was "disgusted" at the vote. Both she and Soto drew a contrast between the courage of their family members and what they called a lack of courage on the part of the Senate.

    "My sister wasn't a coward that day," Soto said. "... My sister was not a coward. She protected her kids. Why aren't they protecting us?"

    Added Lafferty: "I've said it a plethora of times before: My mom was not scared in the halls of Sandy Hook. They should not be scared to case a vote to protect millions of innocent people."

    All of the family members said, as they have before, that this is "just the beginning" of their efforts, and they vowed to continue pushing for new measures.

    Watch the full interview below:

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    CEO Josh Fiorini and his gun manufacturing company PTR Industries, are right in the center of the national gun control debate.

    PTR makes clones of the HK-91 semi-automatic rifle and is located in Bristol, CT. Bristol is about 45 minutes north of Newtown, where 20 children and six of their teachers were shot to death last December.

    The debate grew more heated recently, when Connecticut passed the strictest gun control law in the nation on April 4th. As a response to that law, on April 9th, PTR announced its plan to leave Connecticut in an open letter to the state.

    When we asked Fiorini how he felt after learning about the shootings in Newtown, he told us, while the tragedy left him and his employees devastated, he ultimately feels manufacturers are not the problem.

    "I probably feel the same way an engineer at GM feels when he drives by a car accident," he said.

    We visited PTR Industries to get a firsthand look at the company, their operation, and employees living on the front lines of the gun control debate.

    As soon as you enter the PTR factory, gun parts are everywhere.



    These parts are being assembled by PTR's 42 employees. This is the 1st phase assembly area.



    Most of PTR's employees are guys in their twenties and thirties who grew up in the area and have known each other for years.



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    In the months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, charities have raised $11.4 million to support Newtown in the aftermath of the tragedy.

    That money has yet to be allocated.

    The Newtown Bee reports that the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation plans to divide $7.7 million in the fund to the families of the children killed, the surviving children, and two staff members who were wounded in the shooting.

    The rest of the money that won't go directly to the victims will be saved for "long-term community needs." 

    But a member of the foundation's board declined to say when the money might be distributed, the The News-Times of Danbury, Conn. reported. Families of the victims got the state attorney general involved, who suggested that foundation officials meet with family members to explain its decisions about where the money might go.

    Victim's advocate Michelle Cruz told the newspaper that "the fact that these families have to go to meeting after meeting to fight for this money is ludicrous."

    In Boston, the process of getting donations to victims is apparently running more smoothly — The News-Times notes that the One Fund Boston hopes to get money to victims by Monday.

    Complicating the Newtown process is the "hodgepodge" of charity funds that cropped up after the shooting, according to The Bee. Some of the money from other funds has been distributed to families.

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    Men with guns at StarbucksThe Newtown Action Alliance is asking gun rights activists not to participate in a Starbucks Appreciation Day in the Connecticut city where a deadly school shooting occurred in December, according to NBC Connecticut.

    The Facebook page for the event encourages gun owners with concealed-carry licenses to visit Starbucks franchises around the country in support of the company, which permits lawful firearms in its coffee shops.

    The alliance issued this statement to NBC

    "Our community is still healing and we find it reprehensible that they are picking Newtown to rally. It is disturbing to think that tomorrow night you and your children may be sitting in Starbucks when people carrying guns walk through the door."

    Starbucks is aware of the appreciation day, though it has not had direct contact with its Facebook page creators.

    Spokeswoman Jaime Riley could not confirm or deny if any organizations or individuals opposed to the appreciation day had made contact with the company. 

    “While we’re not endorsing the meeting, we do recognize Starbucks as a place for communities to gather," Riley said. "We respect what they’re doing, but we do not endorse it.”

    She said in an email that Starbucks recognizes the passion around open carry weapon laws and that the company continues to support and abide by local laws. 

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    The residents of Newtown, Conn. have voted to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new school in its place, a move that will cost the state about $49 million, according to The Newtown Bee.

    Residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the measure. Rebuilding on the same site is meant to be symbolic for the community still reeling from the mass shooting that killed 20 students and six educators in December, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The new building is scheduled to open in 2016.

    Newtown also considered building a new school on a different site and renovating the current structure. Sandy Hook students are currently going to school in a building in a different town.

    After the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that killed 13 people, the school paid $1.2 million to renovate the building. They also blocked off the library where 12 students were killed, turned it into a memorial, and built a new library in a different location.

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    Connecticut police are expected to release a long-awaited report soon detailing their investigation into exactly what happened on the day of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, but the Hartford Courant's Dave Altimari and Steven Goode have worked their sources to put together a rather chilling preview of some the investigation's major takeaways.

    You can, and should, go read the full Courant report, but below you'll find a sampling of the more noteworthy revelations, from details about the sophisticated technology investigators are using to reconstruct the gunman's path to the latest heartbreaking revelation in a tragedy full of them.

    One note before we start: the paper's reporting is based largely on unnamed sources familiar with probe, so keep in mind that there's always a chance for some of the findings' nuances to have been lost along the way. We'll have a more complete picture when the police release their final report.

    Lanza May Have Been Planning to Ambush Police: Adam Lanza parked his car with the passenger's side facing a small brick wall near the school's front entrance, and left a shotgun leaning against the passenger's side door. Given that, police believe that he may have been setting himself up to ambush police officers. "The spot gave him potentially a perfect line of sight to shoot at unsuspecting police driving down the long driveway, around a curve and into his line of fire," the paper reports. "It also provided him cover since the school and woods were behind him."

    He Shot His Mother at Close Range: Investigators believe that Lanza began his rampage by shooting his mother, Nancy, in the head four times with a 22-rifle. The gun, the paper reports, "was pressed directly against her forehead and found at her bedside." The bedroom shades were still drawn when police arrive, suggesting to police that she was killed in the day's pre-dawn hours.

    The Police Set Up Their Command Center Before Clearing the Room: Two school employees—a secretary and a nurse—who had taken shelter in a closet in the principal's office when the shooting began remained there for "several hours" unbeknownst to the state police who were using the office as their command center.

    Authorities Are Piecing Together Lanza's Movements With the Help of an Open Phone Line: State police and the FBI are using "sophisticated sound technology" to reconstruct the path of Lanza's rampage. The secretary in the main office who originally called 911 never hung up the phone, and it is the sounds recorded via that open line that investigators are using to plot the timeline of his actions.

    And, Finally, There's This Heartbreaking Paragraph:

    Through interviews with surviving children, sources said, investigators learned that some of [Victoria Soto's first-grade] students were holding hands in the far right hand corner near the chalkboard, away from Lanza's initial line of fire. When Lanza stopped firing because his gun jammed, student Jesse Lewis yelled for kids to run. Lewis was shot to death. Six of the children ran past Lanza to safety.

    Much more over at the Courant.

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    Sandy Hook Elementary

    The State's Attorney of Danbury, Conn. has released its report on the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 14 attack.

    Authorities were reportedly not able to establish a conclusive motive for the crime. The case is now closed.

    Lanza reportedly drove to the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that day and fired dozens of rounds in two rooms before shooting himself in the kindergarten classroom.

    The Newtown, Conn. attack 20 school children, six adults, and Lanza's own mother. Lanza was only in the school for about 11 minutes. The school shooting is one of the worst in history. 

    All of the firearms that Lanza had access to were purchased legally by his mother, according to the report. There is no evidence that Lanza purchased any of the ammunition used either.

    Authorities believe Lanza acted alone and that no one else was aware of his plans.

    There is no clear indication as to why Lanza targeted Sandy Hook, the report says.

    The report suggests that despite "significant" mental health issues, Lanza did not seek treatment as an adult:

    "It is known that the shooter had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and to interact with others, even those to whom he should have been close. As an adult he did not recognize or help himself deal with those issues."

    Lanza was reportedly obsessed with mass murders, Columbine in particular.

    Several weapons were found in the home Lanza shared with his mother:

    "Investigators found a large number of firearms and related items in the home. All firearms involved in these incidents were legally purchased by the shooter’s mother over the years. The home also contained many edged weapons, knives, swords, spears, etc."

    The full report is embedded below.

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    The State's Attorney of Danbury, Conn., released a detailed report Monday on the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The report details what investigators found at the home of shooter Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy, whom he killed before going to the elementary school. 

    In the report, Stephen J. Sedensky, the state's attorney, writes that Lanza was "obsessed" with mass murders in history — particularly the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. 

    The report also lists a number of chilling items investigators found that relate to historical school shootings:

    • A Christmas check from the mother to the shooter to purchase a CZ 83 firearm.
    • A New York Times article from Feb. 18, 2008, regarding the school shooting at Northern Illinois University.
    • Three photographs of what appear to be a dead human, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic.
    • The book "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy," Jossey-Bass, 2007, by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher.
    • Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children.

    There's more, including the juxtaposition of a video of Adam Lanza playing the video game, "Dance Dance Revolution," with one of a dramatization of children being shot:

    • Bookmarks pertaining to firearms, military, politics, mass murder, video games, music, books, Army Ranger, computers and programs, ammunition, candy, economic books.
    • Two videos showing suicide by gunshot.
    • Commercial movies depicting mass shootings.
    • The computer game titled “School Shooting” where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students.
    • Screen shots (172) of the online game "Combat Arms."
    • "Dance Dance Revolution” (DDR) game screen shots.
    • Videos of shooter playing DDR.
    • Images of the shooter holding a handgun to his head.
    • Images of the shooter holding a rifle to his head.
    • Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot.
    • Images of shooter with a rifle, shotgun and numerous magazines in his pockets.
    • Documents on weapons and magazine capacity.

    Sedensky said he could determine no clear motive for the massacre, one of the worst school shootings in American history. The investigation is now closed. 

    Read the full report here. You can see photos from the investigation here.

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    A Connecticut state attorney has released a report about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that reveals why police initially feared there may have been more than one shooter.

    On Dec. 14, the day Adam Lanza killed 20 school children and six adults, news reports suggested there was at least one other possible shooter.

    It turns out a number of people were initially detained and treated as suspects, but none turned out to be involved with the slaughter. Here are the people who were detained, according to the report by the Danbury, Conn. state attorney.

    • Two reporters were located in the woods near Sandy Hook and held at gunpoint by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection until their identities could be confirmed.
    • A man from New York who was working in a town nearby got a news alert about the situation at Sandy Hook and went to the school to see what was going on. He was taken from the school in handcuffs.
    • Another unknown male who was detained turned out to be a parent with a mobile phone in his hand.

    Police were also concerned about multiple shooters because school personnel reported seeing someone running outside during the shooting. It turned out that a number of the school's staff members had escaped through a window and were fleeing by the school during the massacre.

    In the aftermath of the shooting, there were a number of early reports that turned out not to be true — including that Adam Lanza's brother Ryan was the shooter.

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    Authorities have released a report about the investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    Included in the report were photos of the home 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza shared with his mother in Newtown. Lanza shot and killed himself the day of the Dec. 14 massacre. He killed 20 children, six staff members, and his mother that day.

    The photos are chilling. One shows the gun Lanza used to kill his mother laying on her bedroom floor next to a book titled "Train Your Brain To Get Happy" and another shows Lanza's bare bedroom with windows covered in black trash bags. Other disturbing items were found in Lanza's home.

    The photos are posted below.

    Here's an exterior shot of the house:

    Adam Lanza house

    This photo shows the computer room used by Lanza:

    Adam Lanza house

    Investigators found this book alongside newspaper articles from 1891 about the shooting of school children:

    Adam Lanza house

    This photo is from Lanza's basement:

    Adam Lanza house

    These photos show Lanza's bedroom:

    Adam Lanza house

    Adam Lanza house

    Adam Lanza house

    Adam Lanza house

    Adam Lanza house

    This photo was taken in the second-floor bathroom of the home:

    Adam Lanza house

    These photos show the master bedroom:

    Adam Lanza house

    Adam Lanza house

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    A new book about Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting describes how Lanza's mother, Nancy, grew increasingly concerned about her son in the years leading up to the shooting.

    Several disturbing details were released in an excerpt of the upcoming book, "Newtown: An American Tragedy," which is due out Dec. 10. The excerpt, published in the New York Daily News, reveals that Adam became increasingly obsessed with the military and had an obvious fascination with death and an aversion to human touch.

    We've pulled out some of the new details below:

    • Adam had an online gaming persona that significantly differed from his real personality. Under the username "Kaynbred," he was "able to show a bravado and confidence that was unfamiliar to classmates and family who only knew him as an awkward and meek teenager." He fit in well with other players in the online gaming universe.
    • In the game "Combat Arms," Adam created a military character who used weapons similar to those he used in the Sandy Hook massacre.
    • Nancy was concerned about Adam early on in his life. About 10 years ago, she emailed a friend about Adam saying that "parental bonds are formed so early in life ... they are either there or they aren't." She seemed optimistic about being able to shape Adam's future.
    • By 2012, she began to frequently leave Adam alone and confided in a friend that she thought it might be "too late" to help him. She went to see family in northern New England for Thanksgiving that year, leaving Adam behind because he didn't want to go.
    • Nancy also noted in the weeks before her death that Adam "physically recoiled" when she reached for him.
    • Days before the shooting, Nancy told a friend that Adam had become obsessed with joining the Marines. She told him he wasn't cut out for it.
    • Adam often dressed in military garb and created an indoor shooting range that he used for target practice with his pellet gun.
    • As Nancy grew increasingly worried about Adam, she decided to search his room. Under his bed, she found sketches that showed "gruesome depictions of death" and "images of mutilated corpses." One even showed "a large rolling grassy field lined with the corpses of young children" with faces that were "severely mutilated and couldn’t be recognized."

    Adam shot Nancy dead at the home they shared before driving to Sandy Hook to kill 20 students and six adults last year on Dec. 14. Adam committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police were arriving on the scene.

    You can read the full excerpt here.

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    Police interrogated Ryan Lanza — the older brother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza — for hours after the massacre in Connecticut, according to a new book by New York Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak.

    "Newtown: An American Tragedy" goes on sale Dec. 10 and contains new details about the Dec. 14 shooting.

    Police reportedly questioned Ryan for hours in Hoboken, according to the book. They asked him if he knew what Adam did.

    When asked about the last time he spoke to Adam, Ryan told police that he hadn't spoken to him in more than a year. When they asked him why the brothers didn't speak to each other anymore, Ryan said Adam is "sick" and "[doesn't] talk to anyone."

    "Do you have any idea why he did this?" police asked.

    Ryan responded: "No. I don't know him anymore."

    Police and media incorrectly identified Ryan Lanza, a then-24-year-old employee at Ernst & Young, as the possible shooter in the chaos that followed the massacre. Adam apparently had Ryan's driver's license on his person at the scene of the shooting.

    Once Ryan saw his name on the news in connection with the shootings, he immediately left his Times Square office and headed back to his apartment in New Jersey. On the way, he posted on his private Facebook page: "IT WASN'T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASN'T ME."

    CNN reported Ryan's name more than three hours before issuing a correction on the air.

    Ryan got back to his Hoboken apartment at about 3 p.m., and a few minutes later, police handcuffed him and put him in a squad car. They searched his apartment and looked into his phone and computer records.

    Adam killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide in a classroom. He also shot and killed his mother Nancy before leaving his house for Sandy Hook that day.

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    Newtown book coverThe new book "Newtown: An American Tragedy," by former New York Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak, examines Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza's life and the events leading up to and following the tragedy.

    Lysiak and his publisher granted Business Insider permission to excerpt the section of his book in which Lysiak describes why Adam's mother Nancy decided to pull him out of Newtown High School right before his junior year.

    Richard Novia was a mentor to Adam and the school's Tech Club advisor.

    But just as it appeared Adam was beginning to slowly adjust to the routine at Newtown High School, right before beginning his junior year, Nancy learned that Richard Novia would be leaving the school. Wary of the rest of the Newtown administration and faculty, Nancy knew the only person she could trust to look out for her troubled son was leaving and decided to take Adam out of the school.

    Novia heard the news and pleaded with Nancy to keep Adam in school, believing that removing him could "send him in a tailspin." 

    "I told her that Adam was making progress and that taking him out of school could send him in reverse. He had a support network. Without the school, he would fall back into isolation. He would lose all of his interactions. Everything would be stripped from him. He would get worse."

    Nancy wouldn’t budge. "If you are not going to be there, I'm taking him out," Nancy told Novia in a phone call. "I don't trust anyone else." Her intense anger at and distrust of the school overwhelmed any arguments to the contrary and she insisted that Adam be taken out.

    "She didn’t trust anyone else. She had a lot of anger at the school administration. She was very unhappy with the entire district," said Novia. "Nancy didn’t believe Adam would get the attention he needed without me there."

    Novia also noted: "There was just no pleasing Nancy. She wanted Adam watched one hundred percent of the time. She wanted every faculty member to be just as dedicated to her son as she was. She directed her anger at the special ed teacher, the guidance counselor, the administration."

    The school had failed her son, Nancy believed. Adam was angry with the school, too. With no social life or friends, school was all he had and now that was gone.

    Nancy pulled her son out of Newtown High School after his junior year and enrolled him at Western Connecticut State University, hoping that Adam would thrive in a more adult environment where there would be less chaos. After passing his GED test in the summer of 2008, he took a total of seven classes and earned a 3.26 GPA his first year. He took Website Production, Visual Basic, Data Modeling, American History since 1877, and Introduction to Ethical Theory, a course in which he got a C.

    But signs of his mental instability were always present. When asked on his college application to indicate a gender, Adam wrote: "I choose not to answer," followed by the question, "How do you describe yourself?" Even his university ID photo — his brown eyes bulging, his face seemingly devoid of emotion — suggested to some that something about him was off.

    Adam always sat alone, toward the back of the class, often wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He never spoke. At Western Connecticut State University, Adam, who was several years younger than his classmates, again didn't fit in. If a classmate greeted him, Adam acted nervous and avoided eye contact. After an Introduction to German class in spring 2009, two girls asked Adam if he wanted to join them for a drink.

    "No, I can’t. I’m seventeen," he responded.

    Still, Nancy had hopes that her son would excel in a more adult environment and didn’t entertain the possibility of enrolling him back at Newtown High School. "Newtown [school] is dead to me," she told a friend.

    Copyright © 2013 by Matthew Lysiak.  From the forthcoming book NEWTOWN: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak to be published by Gallery Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Printed by permission.

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    A pro-gun control billboard on the Massachusetts Turnpike has been updated to count how many Americans have died from gun violence since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago.

    The billboard, from the nonprofit group Stop Handgun Violence, estimates that more than 32,000 Americans have died in gun-related incidents in the year since Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults with a semiautomatic rifle at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

    A reporter at Boston's PBS and NPR station posted a photo of the billboard on Twitter. It reads: "Assault Weapons Have Stopping Power. Fortunately, So Does Your Vote. We Need A Federal Assault Weapons Ban NOW!"

    Massachusetts gun violence billboard Newtown

    Stop Handgun Violence has had its 250-by-20 foot billboard in the shadows of Boston's Fenway Park since 1995. Starting in 2011, the billboard showed the number of U.S. gun deaths since the 2010 elections, with the billboard later being updated to include 20 handprints for each of the children murdered at Sandy Hook.

    Stop Handgun Violence calculated the number of deaths since Sandy Hook using the Centers for Disease Control's data on the average number of firearm deaths over a 30-year period.

    Stop Handgun Violence and other advocates for increased firearms restrictions were frustrated this past April, when proposed laws to increase background checks and ban assault weapons were rejected by the U.S. Senate four months after the Sandy Hook shootings.

    SEE ALSO: Authorities Have Released A Detailed Report On The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

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    The State's Attorney of Danbury, Conn. has released its full report on the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.

    Authorities released a summary of their report last month that said investigators weren't able to determine a motive for Adam Lanza's massacre. He killed 20 school children, six adults, and his own mother before shooting himself in the Newtown, Conn. school.

    The full report is several thousand pages long and contains additional evidence from the investigation. The case is now closed.

    This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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    A report released by Connecticut state police on Friday includes photos of Sandy Hook elementary school from the day of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting.

    The report contains thousands of pages of documents, photos, and videos pertaining to the investigation.

    Twenty school children and six adults were killed in the Newtown, Conn. school during the massacre.

    Graphic content has been redacted from the report.

    This photo shows the exterior of the school, where Adam Lanza shot his way inside.

    Sandy Hook exterior

    The shots created a gaping hole in the glass.

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    The school's playground sits empty.

    Sandy Hook playground

    This photo shows the interior of what looks like a classroom.

    Sandy Hook classroom

    Some children hid in bathrooms in an effort to evade the shooter.

    Sandy Hook bathroom

    This photo shows another room inside the school.

    Sandy Hook classroom

    This photo shows administrative offices in the school.

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    Sources affiliated with Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza told the FBI that he was a vegan recluse who loved to hike and was "weirded out" by Hurricane Sandy, according to new information released Friday.

    Connecticut authorities have published documents that describe FBI interviews conducted after the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school.

    One source told the FBI that Lanza had no friends or associates and didn't use drugs or alcohol:

    FBI interviews Adam Lanza

    Another source said Lanza didn't show signs of violence:

    FBI interviews Adam Lanza

    This person provided several interesting details about Lanza — the source said he was vegan and that he was taking private classes in Mandarin Chinese. He also reportedly refused to leave his house when Hurricane Sandy hit, forcing his mother to stay there for several days without electricity:

    FBI interviews Adam Lanza

    The same source said Adam "had no emotions or feelings":

    FBI interviews Adam Lanza

    Lanza also reportedly played the saxophone and wanted to climb every mountain in New Hampshire:

    FBI interviews Adam Lanza

    The report does not note which of these claims have been verified.

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    A Newtown police officer who responded to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting described in documents released Friday the grisly scene he found in the school on Dec. 14, 2012.

    Adam Lanza killed 20 children, six adults, and his own mother before shooting himself in the school.

    The content below is graphic.

    The officer described finding Lanza's body, which he described as very small, like the body of a 12-year-old:

    Newtown police Sandy Hook shooting scene

    Officers sifted through the pile of bodies in one classroom to search for survivors:

    Newtown police Sandy Hook scene

    The report also describes some of the children who survived the shooting:

    Newtown officer Sandy Hook scene

    The full report is embedded below:

    Sandy Hook Shooting: Vanghele Description Of Scene Inside School by Matthew Keys

    SEE ALSO: These Eerie Photos Show Sandy Hook Elementary The Day Of Adam Lanza's Massacre

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    Investigators found disturbing material on a computer used by Sandy Hook elementary school shooter Adam Lanza, according to recently released results of a police investigation.

    The state attorney's full report about the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre was released last week.

    One document contains a description of materials found on a computer in the Lanza home. Several files — which investigators believe belonged to Lanza — are related to pedophilia, and dozens of others have violent themes.

    A file titled "pbear" contains a document that advocates for pedophiles' rights and the liberation of children, according to the report. "Pbear" is a term that's short for "pedobear," a popular meme on the online message board 4chan. Know Your Meme describes it as a cartoon mascot that is used as a signal when illegal pornographic content has been posted. (The meme is sometimes mistaken as a symbol for pedophiles, but it generally is not.)

    Another document titled "Lovebound" contains a screenplay about a relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man. A file called "babies" contains writings that describe being attacked by babies and efforts to defend against them.

    And there's even more strange content:

    Adam Lanza pedophile documents

    The computer also contained instant message transcripts from 2010 and 2011 that show Lanza discussing homosexual fantasies. Another document titled "Selfish" describes why females are selfish.

    The state's report is thousands of pages long, but investigators still couldn't conclusively determine Lanza's motive for the Newtown, Conn. shooting. Lanza killed 20 children, six adults, and his mother before shooting himself at the school.

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