Sandy Hook Elementary school gunman Adam Lanza may have been motivated by a horrific 2011 mass shooting in Norway, as the 20-year-old plotted his own massacre.
Law enforcement officials investigating Lanza’s tragic December shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six educators dead at the school, told CBS News that Lanza saw himself as a competitor to Anders Breivik, the deranged Norwegian man who killed 77 people in series of attacks in 2011, in a sick imagined mass-murder contest.
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Two officials said evidence had been uncovered suggesting that Lanza was determined to top Breivik’s death count. The officials added that investigators had found credible evidence that Lanza was probably even obsessed with Breivik.
They also found evidence that Lanza had zeroed in on Sandy Hook Elementary School because he felt it was the “easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people."
Anders Breivik detonated a car bomb near the Norwegian government’s headquarters on July 22, 2011, killing eight and injuring more than 200. Hours later, he opened fire at a summer camp, killing 69, most of whom were teens.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik detonated a car bomb near the Norwegian government’s headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.
Hours later, he opened fire at the annual summer camp of the governing Labor Party's youth wing. killing 69 people. Most of the victims were teenagers. He surrendered to police when they arrived at the camp and, in August, was sentenced to 10 to 21 years in prison, the longest allowed under Norwegian law.
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In Norway, such sentences can be extended if an inmate is considered too dangerous to be released. Experts have said that Breivik is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.
During his own massacre, Lanza, who may have been mimicking a gory scenario in one of the violent games he loved to play, may have gone on to kill even more people, but he turned one of his guns on himself as police closed in on the school.
The troubled 20-year-old has been described by family friends as a lonely young man who isolated himself in his bedroom for hours, sometimes days, playing graphically violent video games.