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(NEW YORK) — Adam Lanza, who carried out a massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last year, had accumulated an arsenal that included pistols, rifles, revolvers, shotguns, hatchets, knives and other “cutting instruments,” according to search warrants released on Thursday.

The documents also stated that Lanza’s deadly rampage took no longer than five minutes from the time Lanza forced his way into the school to when he turned a gun on himself.

Five previously sealed search warrants were released Thursday for Lanza’s home, which he shared with his mother Nancy Lanza, and his car.  Nancy Lanza was the first victim of her son’s shooting spree.  The documents represent the fullest picture yet of the shooting.

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shot his way into the building and killed 20 children and six adults with a Bushmaster .223 caliber model XM15 rifle.  The Bushmaster was loaded with a 30-round capacity magazine.  Fourteen rounds were in the magazine when the Bushmaster was recovered by police. There was one round in the chamber.

Adam Lanza took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 10 mm handgun.  He also had a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun with him.  Additionally, he had three magazines for the Bushmaster, each containing 30 rounds, and additional ammo for the handguns.  

When the carnage was over, police counted 154 spent bullet casings.

The warrants also say police found computers and gaming devices.  Documents say Adam Lanza was “an avid gamer who plays Call of Duty amongst other games.”  There were also books that included Look Me in the Eye — My life with Aspergers, Born on a Blue Day — Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant, and NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting.

In addition, police discovered personal notes, memoirs and thoughts collected by Adam Lanza.  There were also newspaper clippings, drawings and medical bills police have been scrutinizing to develop a psychological profile of the gunman.

The guns used in the shooting were apparently all purchased by Nancy Lanza.  The gun locker at the Lanza home was open when police arrived, according to authorities.  It was unlocked and there was no indication that it had been broken into.

“After consultation with the investigators, it was decided that much of the information in the search warrants would not sought to be sealed and that the release of the above basic crime scene information would not jeopardize the active and continuing criminal investigation into this unprecedented tragedy,” Stephen Sedensky III, state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, said in a statement Thursday.

“This is an active, ongoing investigation,” Sedensky wrote.  “No conclusions have been reached and no final determinations have been made.”

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