Thousands of dollars of violent video games were found in Lanza's homes. Investigators are looking into whether he replayed a scenario in one of them at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six educators were killed.
Investigators’ attempt to gain insight into Lanza’s habits and mind set before the spree has been hampered because he destroyed his hard drive. Connecticut police found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games in the home of Adam Lanza, who mercilessly gunned down 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.
During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who also died Dec. 10 at the hands of her son, authorities discovered what appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of graphically violent games, the Hartford Courant reported.
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' is among one of the violent video games being associated with gun violence in minors.
The sad discovery has led detectives to investigate whether Lanza, 20, who turned one of his rifles on himself, may have been mimicking a gory scenario in one of the violent games he so loved to play.
Police are also looking into whether Lanza, who was said to have bonded with his mother at gun ranges, was emulating a scenario that he may have seen at one.
Lanza, who had Asperger’s syndrome, has been described by family friends as a lonely young man who isolated himself in his bedroom for hours, if not days, while playing violent video games
People with Asperger’s are known to have serious difficulty with social interactions, but doctors say it carries no predisposition toward violence.
One of the violent games Lanza loved to play may have been “Call of Duty,” an intense shooting game set during World War II.
But police may never know the full extent of Lanza’s obsession with violent video games, as he destroyed the hard drive on his computer.