The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

Evidence hints at deadlier plan in school massacre


NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AP) - The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage shot his mother four times in the head before going to an elementary school and gunning down 26 people, authorities said on Sunday as details emerged suggesting that Adam Lanza planned an even more gruesome massacre but was stopped short.

Lanza blasted his way into the building and used a high-powered rifle to kill 20 children and six adults, including the principal and school psychologist who tried to stop him, authorities said.

The unthinkable bloodshed might even have been worse. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Lanza shot himself when he heard police coming. Authorities said they found multiple 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets at the school, enough ammunition for Lanza to carry out significant additional carnage.

"There was a lot of ammo, a lot of clips," State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance. "Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved."