Newtown Gunman’s Computer Damaged, Evidence Possibly Destroyed
By CHRISTINA NG and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
A computer at the Connecticut home where Newtown, Conn., school shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother was badly damaged, perhaps smashed with a hammer, said police who hope the machine might still yield clues to the gunman’s motive.
The computer’s hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver, law enforcement authorities told ABC News, complicating efforts to exploit it for evidence.
Officials have “seized significant evidence at [Lanza’s] residence,” said Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance, adding that the process of sifting through that much forensic evidence would be a lengthy and “painstaking process.”
Authorities also told ABC News that the weapons used in Friday’s rampage at Sandyhook Elementary School, which left dead 20 children and seven adults including Lanza’s mother Nancy, were purchased by his mother between 2010 and 2012.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Lanza visited shooting ranges several times in recent years, and went at least one time with his mother.