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Newtown School Shooting Report Released: Lanza's Motive May Never Be Conclusive

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A report on the Newtown school shooting says that the gunman, Adam Lanza, had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence that Lanza had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime.
   
The summary of the investigation by Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky says Adam Lanza was obsessed in particular with the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. The report also found that Adam Lanza's mental condition caused him to be obsessed with mass murders and violent video games, including one in which players gun down students in school.
   
However, even after the release of the report, the question of Lanza's motive is still not able to be answered conclusively.
   
Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a rifle in Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. He fatally shot his mother in the head, then drove to the school, carried out the killings and committed suicide as police arrived.
   
Documents also show Adam Lanza wrote a violent book in the fifth grade that included passages in which a character shoots his mother in the head.
   
The homemade manuscript was titled "The Big Book of Granny" and was among items seized from Adam Lanza's home. Details are in documents that were part of a report released Monday.
   
The documents say the main character in Lanza's book has a gun in her cane and shoots people. There's nothing to indicate Lanza ever handed the book in at school.
   
The son character sinks his mother to the bottom of the ocean with a "cement floatation device." Another character likes hurting people, especially children.

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