Connecticut school shooting: police fail to recover data from Adam Lanza’s computer
By James Orr
Police have been unable to recover data from gunman Adam Lanza’s computer after the 20-year-old deliberately sabotaged the machine’s hard-drive, investigators have said.
Gunman Adam Lanza banged on the door of a locked classroom shouting “Let me in, let me in!” Photo: Reuters/AP
Forensic experts revealed the software had been smashed so extensively that attempts to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as emails had failed.
A joint effort to piece together the remains of the hard-drive, reported to have been damaged with a screwdriver or hammer, was undertaken by both Connecticut State police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Authorities had hoped its data would shed some light on the reason for Lanza’s deadly killing spree. Detectives have so far been unable to provide any definitive link between the young man and the school he attacked.
“It looked like he took steps to damage it – he smashed it,” an official connected to the investigation told the New York Times.
Lanza shot dead 20 children under the age of eight as well as six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, last Friday.