PS2, Xbox 360 And Weapons Found In Newtown Shooter’s Home

PS2, Xbox 360 And Weapons Found In Newtown Shooter’s Home
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“Video gamer”. It was the earliest and most persistent labels media outlets placed on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, after he ruthlessly murdered 20 kids and six adults last December. But that assertion seemed to be based mostly on interviews with people who knew his family, and not hard evidence.

After months of speculation, an FBI affadavit is revealing some of what was in the Lanza home and the findings include multiple video game consoles and a cache of firearms.

As reported in the New York Times, The Smoking Gun and other places, unsealed search warrants say that a stash of weapons and ammunition — including pistols, rifles, knives and samurai swords — were found in the killer’s Connecticut home. A police search of the residence turned up multiple game consoles and accessories as well.

The documents also say that FBI agents spoke to an unnamed person who called Lanza “a shut-in and an avid gamer who plays Call of Duty, among other games.”

Millions of people play Call of Duty every year. But the reporting and investigations thus far seems to indicate that Lanza was a different sort of player than the vast majority of that game’s audience. His personality — which was allegedly influenced by some degree of mental illness — may have made him the kind of person who acts out what he sees on the screen. And now it seems clear that what Lanza was seeing was some amount of virtualised gunplay. Gunplay that he brought into the real world in the most tragic way.

Sandy Hook Killer’s Home Contained Large Cache of Weapons [New York Times]
Warrants Detail Items Seized From Lanza Home [The Smoking Gun]

Top picture: Associated Press

Comments

  • Were there games on the iphone?
    What evil was he getting inspiration from?
    Temple Run? Jetpack Joyride or something more nefarious like Words with Friends.

  • Also it couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with the cache of weapons they found, he must have turned physical video games into projectile weapons. There’s no way that guns could be responsible for bullet holes in other people.

  • I think you guys need to chill :p
    Lets look at this for a second here. As stated, MILLIONS of people play COD etc. but obviously, this guy had somethin wrong going on. Something that didn’t let him see games as games, reality as reality and so on. The focus here isn’t the games… But I think that the gaming could be used to help piece together what WAS wron with him and causing the behavior. The games didn’t cause it, otherwise we’d all be fucked! BUT it might be helpful to use games/ vices whatever as indicators and helpers to investigation etc! Just my .02

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