Report: Sandy Hook Elementary Shooter Had a ‘Mass Shooting Spread Sheet’

A sensational New York Daily News report (dug up by Kotaku) details what a "law enforcement source" (who spoke at length with the paper) calls Adam Lanza's "score sheet," a spreadsheet filled with information from past mass killings. Describing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter as a "Deranged Gamer," the source says that this spreadsheet contained information on the number of killed in it and that Lanza was trying to top it. He or she also alleges that Lanza may have been planning his shooting spree for many years.

The first mention of this spreadsheet took place at the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels conference, attended by Col. Danny Stebbins from the Connecticut State Police. During his presentation he reportedly talked about how the state's police community is trying to tie this spreadsheet to Lanza's "obsession with video games." As is usually the case the Daily News did not mention any specific games. The only time specific games have been mentioned have been in the U.K. tabloids.

"They don't believe this was just a spreadsheet," said the source. "They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list. They believe that he picked an elementary school because he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills. That's what (the Connecticut police) believe."

"It really was like he was lost in one of his own sick games," the paper's source continued. "That's what we heard. That he learned something from his game that you learn in (police) school, about how if you're moving from room to room – the way he was in that school – you have to reload before you get to the next room. Maybe he has a 30-round magazine clip, and he's only used half of it. But he's willing to dump 15 rounds and have a new clip before he arrives in the next room."

The source adds that Lanza's methods in the shooting were "Classic police training. Or something you learn playing kill games."

Police have not released any details on what (if any) evidence they have collected during the course of investigating this crime, mainly because the perpetrator shot and killed himself.

Source: Kotaku


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    Thomas Riordan says:

    Why does it have to be a "deraged gamer" does it really matter if he's a gamer, a student, a church goer or an all around asshole. It makes no difference because it had nothing to do with what he did. If I beat someone to death with a baseball bat does that make me a deraged baseball player just because I used a baseball bat and ocassionally watch baseball? No, it just makes me deranged.

    So he had a spreadsheet with previous school shooting "scores" on it which he wanted to beat. That has nothing to do with being a gamer and more to do with the fact that the media makes these idiots famous or infamous depending on how you look at it, but to a deranged mind famous is good even if it's for all the wrong reasons or even if you don't live to know it. You don't need to because all you need to do is commit the act the media will do the rest for you. I guarantee you there's some asshole out there now thinking okay he killed this many people so I need to kill at least this many.

    As far as learning something in a game that you only learn in police school that's total horseshit. You can learn that strategy from movies, the internet, books, etc. It's also basic common sense that if you're entering a room full of hostiles (yes, I know they we're hostiles but in this nitwit's mind they probably were) to make sure you have a full clip beforehand. Not to mention that his mother was a nutter and probably taught him that.

    You'd think people would get over this scapegoating bullshit and focus on the real problem. That being that this was a deranged person who had easy access to assault rifles. But I guess CRAZY GAMER KILLS 28, YOUR KIDS AT RISK is a much better headline than crazy asshole with gun kills 28.


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    Left4Dead says:

    You know who uses spreadsheets more than accountants?  Actuaries.  Actuaries calculate when you are going to die and then use that to determine your life insurance premiums.  What keeps them from becoming mass murderers must be due to their six figure salaries – money must be the reason for placating their natural tendencies to commit mass murder.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    Wymorence says:

    Yup. Heck, the movie "The Frighteners" had a freaking ghost who was killing from beyond the grave with his still alive girlfriend because they wanted to "break the high score" left by other mass murderers.

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    Samster says:

    Sports scoring tables were my first offended perfectly balanced gamer reaction, too. Competition – particularly violent competition – isn't unique to gaming.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    You know what else has scores? Sports. Baseball, Basketball, Football (American), Football (Everywhere else), Hockey, Polo, Cricket, Tennis, etc. Obviously since he was keeping score in a spread sheet, he was obsessed with the statistical analysis of sports and thus treated his killing spree as a sport in competition with other "teams" as he most likely considered the other shooters. 

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    Imautobot says:

    The sentence I find the most disturbing in this article is 'During his presentation he reportedly talked about how the state's police community is trying to tie this spreadsheet to Lanza's "obsession with video games."'

    Nice to see they are doing the completely logical thing by picking a culprit and then going after it without considering all other motives equally.

    I can see it now, Microsoft Excel will now have an M-Rating.

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