(Image Source: ABC News)

BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Christina Hartman

The massacre of 28 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday has left the world reeling, as authorities and members of the media seek to answer the question: what would drive someone to commit such a crime?

HLN: “His name is Adam Lanza, he is 20 years old - was 20 years old, he is now deceased. he walked into the school at 9:30 in the morning. ... He had three guns. A Sig-Sauer handgun, a .223 Bushmaster and a 9MM glock gun.”

KCPQ: “20-year old adam lanza was possibly developmentally disabled. he was buzzed into the school office and targeted the principal and a school counselor first during the morning announcement. the sounds of the attack went out over the loudspeaker alerting others.”

Suspect Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan told authorities his brother was either autistic or had a quote “personality disorder.” (The Huffington Post)

But according to authorities Lanza had no criminal history. News outlets have struggled to piece together the alleged perpetrator of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history. According to The New York Times, there’s little out there about him.

“He apparently had no Facebook page... Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, ‘Camera shy.’ Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school.”

Despite the lack of online information on Lanza, news outlets have attempted to comb through Lanza’s childhood -  looking at how he handled his parents’ divorce, his peer interaction, anything that could provide clues to this man’s motives.

A former babysitter told The Washington Post... “The separation hit the children hard … He would have tantrums … They were much more than the average kid [had]. … Yet he was not prone to violence.”

CNN: “He was a nice kid, very polite. He must’ve snapped.”

KCAL: “I'm -- I -- I don't think I have to say at this moment. He was just a kid. >> Just a kid? >> Just a kid. >> Never antisocial? >> No, no. >> Troublemaker? >> No, definitely not. >> Noticeable? Did he just blend into the background? >> Yeah, nothing that would warrant any of this.”

“A ‘longtime’ family friend said Lanza had a condition ‘where he couldn’t feel pain.’... ‘A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,’ said the friend. ‘Adam had a lot of mental problems.’” (New York Daily News)

Police say Lanza shot children in two classrooms and killed six adults in one of the deadli­est school shootings in US history, then took his own life. Earlier, they say he killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home in ­Newtown. Authorities still have not discovered a motive.

Ryan Lanza: Adam had 'Personality Disorder'

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Dec 15, 2012

Ryan Lanza: Adam had 'Personality Disorder'

(Image Source: ABC News)

BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Christina Hartman

The massacre of 28 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday has left the world reeling, as authorities and members of the media seek to answer the question: what would drive someone to commit such a crime?

HLN: “His name is Adam Lanza, he is 20 years old - was 20 years old, he is now deceased. he walked into the school at 9:30 in the morning. ... He had three guns. A Sig-Sauer handgun, a .223 Bushmaster and a 9MM glock gun.”

KCPQ: “20-year old adam lanza was possibly developmentally disabled. he was buzzed into the school office and targeted the principal and a school counselor first during the morning announcement. the sounds of the attack went out over the loudspeaker alerting others.”

Suspect Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan told authorities his brother was either autistic or had a quote “personality disorder.” (The Huffington Post)

But according to authorities Lanza had no criminal history. News outlets have struggled to piece together the alleged perpetrator of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history. According to The New York Times, there’s little out there about him.

“He apparently had no Facebook page... Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, ‘Camera shy.’ Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school.”

Despite the lack of online information on Lanza, news outlets have attempted to comb through Lanza’s childhood -  looking at how he handled his parents’ divorce, his peer interaction, anything that could provide clues to this man’s motives.

A former babysitter told The Washington Post... “The separation hit the children hard … He would have tantrums … They were much more than the average kid [had]. … Yet he was not prone to violence.”

CNN: “He was a nice kid, very polite. He must’ve snapped.”

KCAL: “I'm -- I -- I don't think I have to say at this moment. He was just a kid. >> Just a kid? >> Just a kid. >> Never antisocial? >> No, no. >> Troublemaker? >> No, definitely not. >> Noticeable? Did he just blend into the background? >> Yeah, nothing that would warrant any of this.”

“A ‘longtime’ family friend said Lanza had a condition ‘where he couldn’t feel pain.’... ‘A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,’ said the friend. ‘Adam had a lot of mental problems.’” (New York Daily News)

Police say Lanza shot children in two classrooms and killed six adults in one of the deadli­est school shootings in US history, then took his own life. Earlier, they say he killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home in ­Newtown. Authorities still have not discovered a motive.

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