Mother shared her gun obsession with school shooter

Published: 17 December, 2012 09:04 IST | Agencies |

Adam Lanza, the gunman responsible for the Newton school shooting, was taught by his survivalist mother how to use guns; he later turned on her and shot her with her own firearm

The mother of Newtown school massacre gunman Adam Lanza was a survivalist who was stockpiling food because she thought the world economy was on the verge of collapse.

Adam Lanza’s mother taught her son how to become a killing machine who used what he learned from her about firing guns to commit one of the worst massacres in American history at a Connecticut elementary school.

Mourning for their loss: Donna Soto, mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot by Adam Lanza (below) and killed while protecting her students sobs as she attends a memorial for the victims of the shooting. Pic/AFP

Weapon-loving Nancy Lanza regularly took her awkward loner-son Adam to shooting ranges, where the painfully shy boy — who suffered from the autism-related Asperger’s syndrome — blasted away targets using his mom’s small arsenal of guns.

“She’d take them to the range a lot . . . Nancy was an enthusiast — so much so that she wanted to pass it on to her kids,” said her former landscaper and occasional drinking buddy Dan Holmes.

“Whenever I finished work and went inside to chitchat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection, and she was really quite proud of it.” Nancy’s gun training took a tragic turn on Friday when Adam grabbed her weapons and shot her dead in her home. He then took one of her handguns and two powerful rifles she owned to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 students, six adults and, finally, himself.

Lanza’s mom cherished her guns, which she began buying after she divorced her husband in 2009, according to a report. The shooter’s aunt, Marsha Lanza said that Nancy bought guns for protection because she was living alone. The revelations came amid other developments in the shocking tragedy. The victims were killed at close range by rifle shots, according to the state’s chief medical examiner.

“Everybody was hit more than once,” said Dr H Wayne Carver at a news conference yesterday afternoon outside the school.

No link found to gun ranges yet
Two federal agents reportedly visited the Wooster Mountain State Range on Friday evening. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives spokeswoman Ginger Colburn stated that there currently is no evidence that either Adam Lanza or his mother had trained for the shooting or belonged to any gun clubs.

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