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Paper: Police Investigates If Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Game Scenario

posted on 2013-02-18 23:57 EST

The Hartford Courant newspaper published a profile of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza on Sunday, and it reported that police are investigating whether Lanza was "emulating the shooting range or a video-game scenario" when he attacked the school.

According to the newspaper, the police found "thousands of dollars worth" of violent video games in the Lanza home while investigating the mass shooting:

He said the guns and the violent video games Adam played may well have been an unhealthful combination for a troubled boy.

During a search of the Lanza home after the deadly school shootings, police found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games.

And detectives working the scene of the massacre are exploring whether Adam Lanza might have been emulating the shooting range or a video-game scenario as he moved from room to room at Sandy Hook, spewing bullets, law enforcement sources have told The Courant.

Before he killed his mother and set off for Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza destroyed the hard drive on his computer, which probably kept some of the records of the games he played and who he played with. He also may have destroyed any chance to see if he had a manifesto or had written down anything indicating that he planned the shootings, or why he chose the elementary school.

A UK tabloid claimed, without citing a source, that Lanza was influenced by KOEI Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors video game franchise. The Courant article does not name any titles said to be owned by Lanza.

[Via Kotaku]


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