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Neighbor on Conn. gunman Adam Lanza: He was troubled for sure

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    Saturday, December 15 2012 12:48 PM EST2012-12-15 17:48:01 GMT
    The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday.
    The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, who lived with his mother in Connecticut, was believed to suffer from a personality disorder when something inside him snapped, sending him on a horrific killing spree that ended when he took his own life.

"State Police Major Crimes Squad, Newtown Police Department and Danbury State's Attorney and many agencies are working together to answer all the questions surrounding exactly what happened," Lt. Paul Vance said at a press conference.

What happened, police say, appears to have been well-planned and premeditated. 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at the home they shared, shooting her directly in the face. He then drove his mother's car to the school where she worked either as a teacher or volunteer.

Lanza walked into the school wearing combat gear and carrying a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun and Glock semi-automatic handgun, both 9 millimeters, along with multiple rounds of ammo.

Inside the car, police found a Bushmaster 223 m4 carbine.

Chicago-based ATF agent Tom Ahern says the handguns are designed to shoot a lot of bullets in a short amount of time.

"With a semi-automatic, as quickly as you can press the trigger of the gun, you're going to fire those rounds off. It's easy to change out the magazine once it's empty," says Ahern. "So, as quickly as you get through those magazines you can get those rounds off. And I'm hearing there were lose to 100 rounds that were fired in the school. That's very possible."

Lanza's 24-year-old brother, Ryan, works at a major tax firm in Manhattan. Police took his work computer, and searched his home, but he's not considered a suspect.

News reports say Ryan Lanza had described his younger brother as "troubled." A neighbor who lives down the block from the home where Lanza lived with his mother sent out this tweet: "My daughter went to school w/Adam Lanza. We lived 6 houses away. He was troubled for sure for a long time. RIP Nancy."

Family and friends suggest Adam Lanza may have had emotional or psychological issues, saying he was not connected with other kids.

Lanza's parents were divorced four years ago. His father, a vice president of taxes for General Electric, was informed about the shooting by a Hartford Courant newspaper reporter as he arrived at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.

The reporter writes: "Lanza took the news as a blow, his face turning from patient to surprised and horrified. He promptly rolled up the window of his car, declined to comment, and pulled his vehicle (into the garage)."

FBI agents are interviewing Adam Lanza's brother and father, hoping to learn more about what was going on inside his troubled mind.

Investigators are also puzzled by this: if Lanza's rage was directed at his mother and he did shoot her in the face, why did he open fire on the innocent children of complete strangers?

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