Update: Keen-eyed readers may have noticed that two items among all the crap that was hauled out of the Lanza residence were an "NRA certificate for Nancy Lanza" and a copy of the "NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting." This has lead many to assume that the Lanza's were NRA members. As such, the National Rifle Association was quick to release the following statement:
"There is no record of a member relationship between Newtown killer Adam Lanza, nor between Nancy Lanza, A. Lanza or N. Lanza with the National Rifle Association. Reporting to the contrary is reckless, false and defamatory."
That last sentence strikes us as particularly amusing in light of the arguably reckless, false and defamatory statements the NRA made about video games and the video game industry a mere week after the shooting.
Original Story: Connecticut State Police have released the search warrant for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza's home, but very few game related items were collected, despite a wildly speculative report from the New York Daily News report that cited a "law enforcement source" close to the situation. In that report the anonymous source claimed that Lanza was a deranged gamer who had a gigantic spreadsheet with stats from other mass shootings.
"They don't believe this was just a spreadsheet," said the source at the time. "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."
But looking through the list of confiscated items, there doesn't seem to be a mention of a gigantic spreadsheet or any specific video games. That part of the New York Daily News report may be related to an unnamed witness. This Yahoo News story reports that the FBI interviewed an unidentified resident who described Lanza as a "shut in" and "avid gamer who plays Call of Duty" and rarely leaves the house. The witness also told FBI agents that Lanza had a "gun safe containing at least four guns." He or she also said that Lanza had attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, and "that the school was Adam Lanza's 'life.'"
Superior Court Judge John Blawie ordered parts of the documents redacted after state prosecutors requested that the identity of a key witness not be revealed for another 90 days. Other information in the document was also redacted. The information was released after parents and community leader in Newtown and the state complained that they were being informed about the investigation after other people in other states – namely law enforcement agencies at a conference in New York – were being given details.
So what items were confiscated by police? Apparently a lot of guns were found in a gun safe in the garage, as well as several samurai swords, assorted knives and some exotic bladed weapons. Police think that Lanza had been planning on doing something for quite some time. A number of other items were confiscated from the shooter's bedroom as well.
They also confiscated medical records, Lanza's writings, and other written material.
As for electronic devices, the police documents show that they confiscated one damaged Seagate 50 GB hard drive, a custom built computer with no hard drive, one PlayStation 2 game console with a controller and an 8MB memory card, one Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, an Apple iPhone, an Xbox with a partial serial number, a hard drive platter, a shoebox containing "video game parts" and accessories, a Transcend Storejet 160 GB external USB hard drive, one Verizon LG phone with battery, a Brother fax machine, an Ivera USB device, an Xbox 360 console, a Western Digital 80GB hard drive, a garbage bag containing a GPS device, a list of local gun stores addresses, 12 CD-R and DVD-R discs with unknown content, a plastic case with 29 CD-Rs, and vehicle paper work.
The document does not list any specific game titles, nor does it list any gigantic spreadsheet.
We'll have more on this story as it develops. You can check out the 50 page document on the Investigation here (in PDF format).
-GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen… um, contributed to this report