Latest News:  


Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre: source


15:48, February 19, 2013

Local resident Jaeger Andrea holds a bunch of flowers near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 15, 2012. A shooting incident on Friday morning in the elementary school in Newtown of the Connecticut State of the United States killed at least 28 people, including 20 children. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Key Words:gun;shooting accident; Connecticut;Newton;U.S.;gun control;motivation;Newton

Related Reading:
>> U.S. to see gun background check bill in "next week or two": senatorl
>> Obama to unveil gun-control proposals Wednesday

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people in Connecticut of the United States last year, was motivated by a Norwegian mass murderer.

Police sources told the media Monday that the 20-year old Lanza was obsessed with Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in July 2011.

Lanza believed that he was in a direct competition with Breivik. He intended to exceed Breivik's death toll. Lanza targeted nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School because it was the "easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people," the source noted.

On Dec. 14 of last year, Lanza killed his mother before carrying out the shooting rampage. He sprayed two classrooms with bullets and killed 20 first graders and six adults.

Unlike Breivik, who surrendered, Lanza turned the gun to himself as police closed in.

Officials have not publicly revealed what led them to the motive, but sources said that Lanza was indulged in playing violent video games.

The police said they found a "trove" of video games from the basement of Lanza's home, where he would spend countless hours alone in a private gaming room with the windows blacked out, honing his computer shooting skills.

Police said he used three weapons in shooting massacre, all registered to his mother Nancy Lanza, and shot his mother with a fourth weapon.

The Connecticut State Police said that the investigation has not finished and that any statements about Lanza's intentions were just speculation.

We recommend:

Backstage of Ralph Lauren 2013 Fall collections

New York slammed with heavy snow

"Swan Lake" rehearsed in Mexico

Costumed revellers gather in Venice

People protest against DPRK's nuclear test

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated around world

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:LiXiang、Yao Chun)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Female sailors hold combat positions

  2. Chinese flotilla sets sail on escort missions

  3. Highlights of Madrid Fashion Show

  4. China's weekly story (2013.2.8-2.15)

  5. Beauties at Beijing Film Academy enrollment site

  6. Fact check on Russian meteorite crash

  7. Happy big brother has birthday cake

  8. Chocolate fantasy park offers entertainment

  9. 3D printing reshapes manufacturing

  10. HK Disney's 1st profit since opening

Most Popular


  1. The weakening yen's impact on China
  2. Young climbers aim too high in China
  3. China Focus: Festive traditions disrupt green efforts
  4. Chinese distrust strangers, lack shared values
  5. How to face wrestling's removal from Olympics?
  6. Discontents of demography
  7. Online ambitions could elude mid-level brands
  8. Human rights progress as a matter of fact
  9. Millions on the move
  10. US to withdraw from Middle East?

What’s happening in China

Auto-chat app sparks social skills concern: A littile yellow chicken can talk, really?

  1. Paid leave seen as tourism boost
  2. Pressure leaves millions exposed to suicide risk
  3. 5 buried in SW China landslide
  4. Psy attracts 9 million followers on Sina Weibo
  5. Child defecating in airplane causes outrage