Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza wore a pair ofÂ earplugs before he blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunnedÂ down 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself, it wasÂ revealed today.
The decision by the mentally disturbedÂ 20-year-old has puzzled authorities as it is believed he had every intention ofÂ killing himself after the senseless massacre of December 14 in the quietÂ Connecticut town.
It was also revealed today that he reloadedÂ his gun several times, even though there were a number of rounds left inÂ each.
He also may have targeted teacher LaurenÂ Rousseau, police believe, as he shot up her car before he entered the school toÂ commit one of America’s worst mass shootings.
Investigators revealed the details as theyÂ attempt to ascertain the mentally-disturbed gunman’s mindset as he moved throughÂ the school with a Bushmaster AR-15Â assault rifle.
TheHartfordÂ CourantÂ reported that the earplugs were still inÂ his ears when police found his body, which they considered strange – that heÂ would be worried about his hearing when he intended to commitÂ suicide.
‘It’s just weird, given what he was about toÂ go do,’ a source told theÂ Courant. ‘It’s not like he had to worry aboutÂ long-term protection ofÂ his hearing because he had to know he wasn’t comingÂ back out of theÂ building.’
It has also been suggested that the ear plugsÂ could have been a matter of habit as his mother often took him shootingÂ atÂ indoor ranges where hearing protection is mandatory.
Or, chillingly, it couldÂ have been to blockÂ out the screams of his innocent victims.
Some patients with Asbergers have aÂ highÂ sensitivity to loud noises. Though it has never been confirmedÂ Lanza has theÂ disorder, many who knew his mother Nancy – who was hisÂ first victim after heÂ shot her in the face at their home – said sheÂ struggled with his mentalÂ problems.
Police are looking into whether he targetedÂ Miss Rousseau, whose classroom was his second stop after killing the principal and the school psychologist inÂ the front office.
As well as the 30-year-old teacher, 15 of herÂ 16 students – all first graders – were shot dead several times.
It is believed Lanza opened fire on severalÂ cars in the parking lot, including the vehicle belonging to MissÂ Rousseau.
Previous reports have said Lanza may haveÂ targeted the school because his mother, Nancy Lanza, was volunteering there.
Fox News reports that Adam Lanza was jealousÂ that his mother may have loved the students at Sandy Hook more than him.
The shooting of Miss Rousseau’s car, and herÂ subsequent murder, raisesÂ questions about whether the teacher was specificallyÂ targeted.
Police still have not determined what droveÂ the reclusive Lanza, who was said to have mental and emotional problems -Â possibly Asperger’s syndrome – to murder 27 people on December 14 in Newtown,Â Connecticut.
Though they have not said how many rounds heÂ fired as he made his bloody rampage through the school, police did say that he frequently changed the 30-round magazinesÂ onÂ his assault rifle – even though some still had up to 15 shots remaining.
This practice of ‘topping up’ is commonÂ inÂ violent video games – where magazines are in unlimited supply and aÂ gamer’sÂ worst fear is running out of bullets in the midst of aÂ firefight.
Police say they are investigating whether Lanza frequently played military-style games like the popular Call ofÂ Duty,Â which puts assault rifles like the one Lanza was firing in theÂ hands of users.