Panel on Sandy Hook Shooting Releases Final Report Detailing Rampage and Urging Changes

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The 16-member commission assigned to investigate the appalling shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than two years ago has completed a draft of its final report and will submit it to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy next month.

Posted to the state of Connecticut’s official website, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission begins the report by offering a dedication to the 26 first-graders and faculty at the elementary who were shot to death by gunman Adam Lanza on Dec. 14, 2012. The dedication does not include Lanza’s mother, Nancy, who was also killed by her son before he set out for the elementary school.

The commission, chaired by Hamden, Conn., Mayor Scott Jackson, heard testimony from more than 100 people involved in the tragedy and sought advice from dozens of safety and mental health specialists.

According to the report, the chain of events began three days before the shooting when Nancy Lanza left Adam Lanza home alone and checked into a resort — partially to see how her son handled being alone. The morning after she returned home, the report says, Adam Lanza entered her bedroom and shot her four times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle she owned.

Adam Lanza, the commission says, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary with a small arsenal of firearms in his car — including two semiautomatic handguns, an M-16-like assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. He took with him more than 400 rounds of ammunition — all of which had been legally purchased by his mother.

The assault began at around 9:30 a.m. local time when Lanza used the assault rifle to shoot out panes of glass at the school’s locked front doors and and gain entry. The 20-year-old gunman wore a hat and sunglasses during the assault, and appeared calm, the report said.

The first victims killed were school principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, who each ran from a meeting into a hallway upon hearing gunfire.

The 16-member commission assigned to investigate the appalling shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than two years ago has completed a draft of its final report and will submit it to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy next month.

Posted to the state of Connecticut’s official website, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission begins the report by offering a dedication to the 26 first-graders and faculty at the elementary who were shot to death by gunman Adam Lanza on Dec. 14, 2012. The dedication does not include Lanza’s mother, Nancy, who was also killed by her son before he set out for the elementary school.

The commission, chaired by Hamden, Conn., Mayor Scott Jackson, heard testimony from more than 100 people involved in the tragedy and sought advice from dozens of safety and mental health specialists.

According to the report, the chain of events began three days before the shooting when Nancy Lanza left Adam Lanza home alone and checked into a resort — partially to see how her son handled being alone. The morning after she returned home, the report says, Adam Lanza entered her bedroom and shot her four times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle she owned.

Adam Lanza, the commission says, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary with a small arsenal of firearms in his car — including two semiautomatic handguns, an M-16-like assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. He took with him more than 400 rounds of ammunition — all of which had been legally purchased by his mother.

The assault began at around 9:30 a.m. local time when Lanza used the assault rifle to shoot out panes of glass at the school’s locked front doors and and gain entry. The 20-year-old gunman wore a hat and sunglasses during the assault, and appeared calm, the report said.

The first victims killed were school principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, who each ran from a meeting into a hallway upon hearing gunfire.

SOURCE: Doug G. Ware 
UPI

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