Police arriving at the home of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza found that at least two computers had been “smashed to smithereens” in an apparent attempt to destroy potential evidence, according to CBS News.
CBS correspondent Bob Orr revealed that detail on “Face The Nation” on Sunday morning in a discussion of the evidence that investigators are searching to explain why Lanza shot 27 people, including 20 children, before killing himself on Friday morning. After shooting his mother in the face in their $700,000 home in an upscale neighborhood in Newtown, Lanza drove her car to the nearby elementary school and methodically shot the children.
CBS correspondent John Miller, who previously worked for the FBI, said on the program that subpoenas have been issued for all of the shooter’s email accounts and his mother’s accounts, including all of the “sent” mail and “received” mail over a long period of time. Miller said that Lanza’s mother, Nancy, had battled with the school system and eventually took her son out of the schools and home-schooled him.
Regarding Nancy Lanza, Orr said, “She was an avid sporting enthusiast” who took her two sons to the shooting range. He said it was a highly toxic mix to have guns around her younger son, whom he described as “a recluse, a loner, an anti-social personality.”
“He was intending to take as many victims as he could,” Orr said, adding that Lanza had additional guns and ammunition that “could have perhaps carried out a greater slaughter.”
On CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy also called for increased gun control. McCarthy rose to national prominence on gun issues after the Long Island Railroad shootings that killed her husband and injured her son aboard a commuter train that was heading toward the affluent suburb of Garden City in Nassau County. The Long Island shootings by now-convicted murdered Colin Ferguson occurred on December 7, 1993 – almost exactly to the date of the Newtown shootings of December 14.
“Let’s come together to get this right for our children’s sake,” McCarthy said on CBS.
Later on CNN with Candy Crowley, McCarthy said that the deaths of the children have changed attitudes.
“The heavy lifting is going to have to come from Congress, and it will,” McCarthy said. “The attitudes of the American people are a little bit different than they were before Friday.”
Later on CBS, longtime Connecticut state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance was interviewed by Schieffer.
When asked if police know the reason why Lanza acted as he did, Vance said, “We don’t have that specific answer.”
Schieffer asked about any possible suicide notes and whether computers had been smashed by Lanza. Vance said that all the evidence was being reviewed.