- Adam Lanza killed 27 people in Connecticut, including 20 school children and his own mother
- Anders Breivik killed 77 in Norway, eight died in a car bombing on the capital and he murdered 69 more at a summer camp
- Police probing whether Lanza may have been a copying video game as he went room-to-room firing a Bushmaster assault rifle at the school
- He smashed his hard drive before the massacre, making his online trail and habits impossible to follow
Adam Lanza set out on his shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut, intent on killing people people than Norwegian mass-murderer Ander Breivik, it was claimed today.
A new report says Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School because he believed it was the best place for him to shoot as many people as possible and rival the 77 lives claimed by Breivik in 2011.
The details could shed more light on what caused Lanza to kill his mother and then commit a shooting rampage that left 20 first graders and six adults dead on December 14.
CBS News quotes two anonymous officials with inside knowledge of the police investigation as saying Sandy Hook offered the ‘easiest target’ and the ‘largest cluster of people’ for him to attack.
The Connecticut State Police dismissed the CBS report as ‘pure speculation’ and said the assertions about Breivik are not true.
Lanza left no note explaining his motives and smashed his hard drive before for the shooting, leaving few clues about why he killed his mother Nancy Lanza in her bed and then shot his way through the school.
Police believe Lanza may have been playing out a scenario in one of his favorite video games and was obsessed with achieving a higher ‘score’ than Breivik by killing even more people, according to CBS.
Both Lanza and Breivik men apparently shared a love of the Call of Duty – the realistic combat shooting game and used it as ‘training’ for the deadly massacres.
Detectives found thousands of dollars worth of video games in a den with darkened windows where Lanza spent hours playing.
Both killers also used American-made .223-caliber assault rifles. Breivik armed himself with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15.
Mother: Nancy Lanza had taken her son to a shooting range for years, and was shot dead by her son with one of her own guns
Breivik, 32 at the time, shocked the world in July 2011 when he planted a car bomb in downtown Oslo, Norway, and then attacked a summer camp run by the country’s Labor Party.
Eight people died in the bomb blast and 204 were injured. Breivik shot dead 67 people and wounded 33 more.
He was later taken alive by police and said he carried out the attacks to combat socialism and the immigration of Muslims to Norway.
He was sentenced to 21 years in prison, though his prison term can be extended every five years.
Unlike Breivik, Lanza would not be taken alive. He reportedly fired several rounds at police cars as they arrived on the scene.
He then shot himself in the head and was found dead by police who swept through the building.
House of horrors: It is thought that Nancy was planning a move from their house in Newtown, pictured, for Washington state to find a place for Adam to go to college as she was tired of home schooling the troubled 20-year-old
Along with the video games, Adam Lanza also learned how to fire guns during numerous sessions with his mother Nancy Lanza at a shooting range, where the two ‘bonded, the Hartford Courant reported on Sunday.
Her landscaper Dan Holmes told the paper: ‘She said she took her kids target shooting, that they bonded over that.’
Nancy Lanza was seen as a dedicated mother to Adam, who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and a sensory integration disorder – an aversion to bright lights and loud noises.
She had enrolled and pulled Adam into numerous schools over the years after growing unsatisfied with the education he was receiving.
Victims: Top row- (L-R) Ana Marquez-Greene, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner. Second row: (L-R) Jesse Lewis, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Charlotte Bacon, Chase Kowalski. Third row: (L-R) Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto, Catherine Hubbard, Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler. Fourth row: (L-R) Grace McDonnell, James Mattioli, Avielle Richman, Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy. Fifth row: (L-R) Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Dawn Hochsprung, Nancy Lanza
More victims: Madeline Hsu, six, left, and Allison Wyatt, also six, right, were shot dead on December 14 at their school
She was planning a move to Washington state with the hopes of getting her son back into a college program.
But Adam Lanza also received an education on weapons from his mother, who took him target shooting at a gun range for years.
Richard Novia, a security chief in the Newtown School system who moderated the tech club – of which Adam had been a member – said he disagreed with Nancy Lanza’s recreation with her son.
He told the Courant: ‘It’s a serious mistake, first of all. If you have a child in the home with mental disorders, or learning disabilities, to have involved him with guns in the first place would be bad.’
Days after the Sandy Hook shooting, Nancy Lanza’s sister-in-law Marsha revealed that she had traveled to nine cities in three countries because she wanted out of the mansion she shared with her troubled son Adam – and could have known the end was coming.
It is believed that Nancy – who was suffering from multiple sclerosis – wanted to downsize and find a place for him to go to college as she was tired of home schooling the troubled 20-year-old.