The nation's shock over the horrific murder of 20 schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School was matched by a desire to find ways to protect all children from such a crime.
Many questions about the killer, Adam Lanza, and his mother, school security, gun laws and weapons used remained unknown until today.
The search warrants from the December 14 shooting in Newtown, which gives answers to many of those questions, were released Thursday by the Danbury state's attorney, Stephen J. Sedensky III.
Reports that Lanza tried to buy guns, but failed to pass an FBI background check, were false.
He stole all his weapons from his mother's home.
Police found his mother's gun safe opened and unlocked, but no evidence that it had been broken into by anyone.
Investigators determined that Lanza murdered the children and their teachers with a Bushmaster .223 caliber model XM15 rifle. He shot himself with a Glock 10 mm handgun.
He also carried a Sig Sauer P226 9mm pistolm and police found a 12 gauge shotgun in his car.
Lanza's horrific rampage lasted only five minutes. He fired 155 rounds.
The documents detailing the police investigation and search warrants can be seen by clicking on the links to the left:
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