Adam Lanza Photos: First Images of Connecticut School Shooter Released

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The first photos of Adam Lanza have been released, along with more information on the 20-year-old responsible for the Connecticut school shooting massacre yesterday.

Adam Lanza Photo

The Newtown, Conn., native was a child of the suburbs and of divorce who still lived with his mother, Nancy, in the quiet town about an hour from N.Y. City.

Friday, he began his day by shooting Nancy in the face.

As if that weren't disturbing and tragic enough, he then drove her car to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, armed with two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.

There, before turning his gun on himself, he shot and killed 20 children. Six adults were also killed at the school. Nancy Lanza was found dead in her home.

A relative told ABC News that Adam was "obviously not well."

Family friends in Newtown described the young man as troubled and described Nancy as rigid. "[Adam] was not connected with the other kids," said one.

"A little bit different ... Kind of repressed."

Federal authorities believe his mother may have once worked where the Connecticut school shooting occurred, although she was not a teacher, as originally reported.

Nancy and her husband Peter, Adam's father, divorced in 2009.

Peter Lanza, who drove to northern New Jersey to talk to police and the FBI, is a vice president at GE Capital and had been a partner at accounting giant Ernst & Young.

Adam's older brother Ryan Lanza, 24, has worked at Ernst & Young for four years, following in his father's footsteps and carving out a solid niche in the tax practice.

He too was interviewed by the FBI, but neither he nor his father is under any suspicion, despite erroneous reports originally naming Ryan Lanza as the killer.

"[Ryan] is a tax guy and he is clean as a whistle," a source familiar with him said.

  • Adam Lanza Picture
  • Ryan Lanza Photo

Ryan Lanza (above, right) sent out a series of Facebook posts saying it wasn't him and that he was at work all day. Video records and card swipes at Ernst & Young confirm that.

Two federal sources say that an ID belonging to Ryan Lanza was found at the scene of the mass shooting, perhaps leading to the initial conclusion.

Neither Adam Lanza (above, left) nor Ryan has any known criminal history.

Sig Sauer and Glock handguns were used in the slaying, and .223 shell casings - a round used in a semi-automatic military-style rifle - were also found at the scene.

Nancy Lanza had numerous weapons registered to her, including a Glock and a Sig Sauer, plus a semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle, which holds .223 caliber rounds.

Friends and relatives of the Lanzas in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts are being interviewed by the FBI in an effort to put together a better picture of the gunman.

"I think the most important thing to point out with this kind of individual is that he did not snap this morning and decide to act out violently," said FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole

"These acts involve planning and thoughtfulness and strategizing in order to put the plan together so what may appear to be snap behavior is not that at all.

President Obama cried during a press conference when describing the "beautiful little kids" between five and 10 years of age who had been slain.

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Please stop glamourizing this piece of shit, mentally unstable, mass murdering fucktard. No one needs to know his name, how old he was, nothing. He murdered innocent children and their teachers in cold, ruthless blood for NO GOOD REASON. Focus on the victims and the families and PRAY FOR THEM. This asshole is hopefully, painfully, burning in HELL right now. #PrayForNewtown

@ GreekGal

u are so right this guy is a total jerk but we need to be focusing more on the famileys he hurt


Morgan Freeman's statement about these random shootings.... "You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why. It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you kn
ow the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody. CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next. You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."

@ Melicha

Exactly! Thank you! So sick of this shit happening and nothing being done about it except making the actor look like the victim and the victims ironious.


I do not understand. Why did Nancy Lanza have these guns in the house if her son had any indication of mental instability. Right to bear harms. You may have these wonderful rights but I think the lives of innocent children should trump this right. This right to have these guns in the house is the very thing that allowed this access to occur. He was not a strong guy....he would have not got as far with a knife...this is a coward who did not speak. I am a liberal but not when it comes to guns or stand your ground laws. People kill with guns so guns kill people....without the guns less killing.....pure and simple....Rosie versus Tom Selleck showdown about to begin.

@ mom2

So if somebody tries to break into your home with intent to harm you or your family would you feel the same?

@ Mackenzie

I would not feel safe with guns in my house. My finger is always on the 911 trigger on my phone only. Most people are killed by their own guns. In Canada we require our guns to be locked. Right to bear arms ? Why does that include a semi-automatic weapon that can fire off many rounds quickly....Result only one survivor...Deadly and should be banned....someone with loads of cash and cloat needs to fight the NRA....most people cave....they are so powerful.

@ mom2

I completely agree.


Not only Adam Lanza brought harm to the dead people and their loved ones but also his own family too.


I agreed to Lisa DiGi, this is just so disturbing ! My heart goes to all the family who have lost their precious ones ...... as my tears flowing as I am writing ...... this needs to be STOPPED !!! Guns should not be permited to be easily purchased ! And guns should be BANNED !!! I pray to Dear God that this will never ever happened again !!!!


STOP showing his face and stop saying nis name. This is not Hollywood Gossip and this should not be about the killer. He was a coward that was afraid to face the consequences of his actions. I wish the media would stop showing this mass murderers....that is what they wanted to this attention for such heinous crimes. Pray for the babies and their families as well as the teachers and administrators - all killed for no reason. Stop making this about him!!!!!

@ LisaDiGi

absolutely agree.


STOP showing his face and stop saying nis name. This is not Hollywood Gossip and this should not be about the killer. He was a coward that was afraid to face the consequences of his actions. I wish the media would stop showing this mass murderers....that is what they wanted to this attention for such heinous crimes. Pray for the babies and their families as well as the teachers and administrators - all killed for no reason. Stop making this about him!!!!!


What a cute out-dated photo of little Adam. Just like Trayvon's.

@ Rick Patel

he is not cute he is a murderer

@ Rick Patel

It seems that you are comparing a murderer (Adam Lanza) to a murdered victim (Trayvon Martin).


It never ceases to amaze and disappoint me at how cruel human nature can be. Some people are just born fuckin evil and hateful. There's a war on children
now I'm certain of it. What is it going to take to get these guns out of the hands of nut jobs? Maybe the gun manufacturing company or whomever makes the bullets should price them like 20,0000 a bullet maybe that will help ....maybe.


Let's not forget that the weapons were not actually owned by Adam. He found a way to get his hands on some, just like any criminal or mentally troubled person will once stricter gun laws have disarmed the innocent law following citizens.

@ Alece

Amen! If the teachers and administers had been properly trained and armed, there would only have been one death. May they all rest in peace. May the rest of us learn a lesson from this horrible tragedy.