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Police release full Newtown massacre report, with photos and video

The 7,000-plus page report includes investigative files, 911 call transcripts, crime scene reports and thousands of photos.
A massive new report from the Connecticut State Police released online Friday reveals new details about the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The 7,000-plus page report includes investigative files, 911 call transcripts, crime scene reports and thousands of photos, among them images of the aftermath of the shooting that show weapons, bloodstains, and bullet-riddled hallways, and the clothes shooter Adam Lanza wore. The report also includes more than four hours of heavily redacted video shot by investigators inside the school. State law prevents the release of crime scene photos that show the bodies of the victims.

The report quotes an unnamed witness who says that Lanza may have targeted the nearby school because his mother Nancy had once worked there.

A citation found in the Lanza home thanks Nancy Lanza for her volunteer service at the school, which Adam attended, in 1999. "Dear Mrs. Lanza, Thank you for being such a special volunteer. The children achieved a most successful year with the dedication from your active involvement."
It also quotes a witness whose name is redacted that Adam had a grudge against the school. “Lanza hated his mother and Sandy Hook,” said the unnamed witness, “because his mother worked there. Lanza apparently felt that his mother loved the students more than him.”

The report makes no conclusions about a possible motive. A summary report released in November said that Lanza had no clear motive, but was obsessed with school shootings -- particularly the Columbine massacre of 1999 -- and planned both the Sandy Hook rampage and “the taking of his own life.”

The new report also says that a police officer who attempted to rescue a teacher and children hiding in a bathroom had to convince them he was really there to help. When he identified himself as a police officer, the teacher said, “You’re not the police, I don’t believe you” until a trooper began removing kids from the room.

Lanza, 20, killed his mother at the Newtown, Conn. home they shared and then drove to the nearby elementary school, where he murdered 20 children and six staffers with a Bushmaster rifle before taking his own life.
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