"She would often go target shooting with her kids:" Nancy Lanza, mother of "murderer" Adam Lanza was "avid gun…

PICTURED: The mother of massacre gunman Adam Lanza who taught son how to shoot before he went on killing rampage
Nancy Lanza, 52, was killed by her son, Adam Lanza, before he massacred 26 people and killed himself at Sandy Hook Elementary in ConnecticutNancy Lanza once showed off a 'high-end rifle' to family friend Dan Holmes and recalled 'she was proud of it… she loved her guns'
The mother had five guns registered to her name, two of which Adam Lanza used to carry out the execution-style killingsA third gun belonging to Nancy Lanza was found in the back of the car that Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary
Peers remember Adam Lanza as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to class
Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder
Reporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife

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Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior, is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school

Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior, is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school

Nancy Lanza took her son, Adam, to a shooting range and taught him how to use a firearm before he turned a gun on her and shot her dead, then executed more than two dozen terrified children and teachers at an elementary school.

Fifty-two-year-old Nancy Lanza was an avid gun collector who had legally purchased five firearms, all registered in Connecticut, according to police records.

'She said she would often go target shooting with her kids,' Dan Holmes, owner of the lanscaping firm Holmes Fine Gardens, told Reuters.
He recalled that she once showed him a 'high-end rifle' that she had purchased.

'She was very proud of it,' he told the New York Daily News. 'She loved her guns.'

Adam killed his mother in the home they shared on Friday morning by shooting her in the face using one of her own guns.

Adam then allegedly took his mother's car keys and several guns belonging to her – including a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, and a .223 caliber rifle – and drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he massacred 20 children and six adults, before shooting himself.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, it was widely reported that Nancy Lanza was a kindergarten teacher at the elementary school. But Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said Saturday that she had 'never met' Miss Lanza and that she was not in the school database as a staff member.

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Fifty-two-year-old Nancy Lanza, pictured, was shot dead by her son, Adam Lanza on Friday. She was an avid gun collector

Fifty-two-year-old Nancy Lanza, pictured, was shot dead by her son, Adam Lanza on Friday. She was an avid gun collector

Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 26 people including 20 children

Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 26 people including 20 children

Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, was raided after 2 p.m. Friday and she was found shot dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the face

Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, was raided after 2 p.m. Friday and she was found shot dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the face

Adam Lanza allegedly stole his mother's car keys after shooting her dead and drove her car, pictured, to the school to carry out the massacre

Adam Lanza allegedly stole his mother's car keys after shooting her dead and drove her car, pictured, to the school to carry out the massacre

Adam's 24-year-old brother, Ryan Lanza, is seen being led away from his Hoboken home in New Jersey to be questioned by police over the shooting

Adam's 24-year-old brother, Ryan Lanza, is seen being led away from his Hoboken home in New Jersey to be questioned by police over the shooting

Ryan Lanza is escorted to a car outside his home in Hoboken by law enforcement. Police said he has been very cooperative during the investigation

Ryan Lanza is escorted to a car outside his home in Hoboken by law enforcement. Police said he has been very cooperative during the investigation

W5Traumatized students were seen being led out of the school crying and holding hands.
Traumatized students were seen being led out of the school crying and holding hands

The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School
The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School

Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Map of area surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed at least 26 people, 20 of them small children

Map of area surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed at least 26 people, 20 of them small children

Some reports alleged that Nancy had
retired from working as an educator many years ago to take care of her
son, Adam, who allegedly had behavioral and personality issues.

Nancy and Adam lived in a well-to-do part of Newtown, a
prosperous community of 27,000 people about 60 miles northeast of New
York City. Neighbors said that the mother always took great pride in her
Colonial-style house, and always kept her home tidy.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is estimated to be worth around $537,000, and is situated on 2.19 acres of land.

Lanza's aunt, Marsha Lanza, said her
nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have
hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it.

The Crystal Lake, Illinois resident told the Associated Press she was
close with Adam Lanza's mother and sent her a Facebook message Friday
morning asking how she was doing. Nancy Lanza never responded.

Marsha Lanza described Nancy Lanza as a good mother and kind-hearted. If
her son had needed counseling, 'Nancy wasn't one to deny reality,' she
said.

Marsha Lanza said her husband saw Adam as recently as June and recalled nothing out of the ordinary about him.

Beth Israel tweeted that shooter Adam Lanza was troubled for a long time

Beth Israel tweeted that shooter Adam Lanza was troubled for a long time

Jacob Wycoff also tweeted that Adam was autistic

Jacob Wycoff also tweeted that Adam was autistic

Adam Lanza's father, Peter Lanza, had divorced Nancy in 2009 because of
‘irreconcilable differences,’ and now lives in Stamford, Connecticut
with a new wife. A reporter for the Stamford Advocate broke the news to
him that his son had allegedly shot and killed 26 people, including his
ex-wife.

Nancy Lanza was divorced from Peter Lanza who lives in Stamford, Connecticut

Nancy Lanza was divorced from Peter Lanza who lives in Stamford, Connecticut

He works as the vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial
Services, and lives on a sprawling street glittered with
multimillion-dollar homes. The couple apparently married in 2011.

A man several houses down, who said he was friends with the couple,
declined to give his name, saying only that they are 'great people' and
'my heart bleeds for them.'

Friends and neighbors said the divorce, as far as they knew, was amicable.

Holmes said he had just last week decorated Nancy Lanza's yard with Christmas garlands and lights.

She was 'very nice, very pleasant and always very appreciative of our work,' Holmes said.

Jim Leff, a musician who knew Nancy through a local bar and music spot that she frequented, called her a 'lovely person.'

But he said he never became close friends with her because she was 'high-strung.'

'What held me back was my impression that she was a little high-strung,' Leff wrote on his blog. 'But now that I've been filled in by friends about how difficult her troubled son (the shooter) was making things for her, I understand that it wasn't that Nancy was overwrought about the trivialities of everyday life, but that she was handling a very difficult situation with uncommon grace.'

Former classmates of Adam Lanza recall him as a shy and extremely intelligent student.

In Newtown High School, he dressed more formally than other students and
carried a black briefcase to his classes, which stuck out to some as
most other students wore backpacks.

Classmate Tim Arnone, 20, who graduated with Lanza in 2010, told Reuters.

He said Lanza was 'driven hard' to succeed academically by his parents,
particularly his mother. 'She pushed him really hard to be smarter and
work harder in school,' Arnone said.

NBC Connecticut also reported that Adam Lanza tried to buy a rifle at a Dick's Sporting Goods in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday but was rebuffed because the state has a waiting period for gun sales.

Quoting
a 'family insider,' the New York Daily News reported that Adam was a
'deeply disturbed kid' who 'certainly had major issues' and was 'subject
to outbursts.'

President Obama openly wept as he spoke of the mindless shooting, saying, 'Our hearts are broken today'

President Obama openly wept as he spoke of the mindless shooting, saying, 'Our hearts are broken today'

ryan lanza screen grab sandy hook shooting

Ryan Lanza, brother of Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting suspect Adam Lanza, is seen in these photos pulled from his Facebook page.

Ryan Lanza, brother of Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting suspect Adam Lanza, is seen being led away by cops, left, and in photos pulled from his Facebook page, right

A couple embrace each other near Sandy Hook Elementary School, were a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut

Dawn Hochsprung

A couple comfort each other after the mass shooting, left, and Principal Dawn Hochsprung, right, is one of the 26 who were shot dead at the school

Maryrose Kristopik

Music teacher Maryrose Kristopik, circled, has been hailed a hero after taking 15 children and putting them in a closet, undoubtedly saving their lives

A woman walks past a fire truck in disbelief outside a fire house near the Sandy Hook Elementary School where children were gathered after the shooting

A woman walks past a fire truck in disbelief outside a fire house near the Sandy Hook Elementary School where children were gathered after the shooting

Adam Lanza shot his mother at her home before driving in her car to the elementary school and shooting dead 26 people before turning the gun on himself

Adam Lanza shot his mother at her home before driving in her car to the elementary school and shooting dead 26 people before turning the gun on himself

Sandy Hook Elementary School is in Newtown, Connecticut, where Nancy Lanza lived. Son Ryan lives in Hoboken, New Jersey
Sandy Hook Elementary School is in Newtown, Connecticut, where Nancy Lanza lived. Son Ryan lives in Hoboken, New Jersey

A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the tragic shooting this morning which has shocked the quiet suburban community

A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the tragic shooting this morning which has shocked the quiet suburban community

Chaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the area

Chaotic scenes at the school as police work to secure the area and bodies are carried out of the school

Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School immediately after the shooting

Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School immediately after the shooting

Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

A member of the Connecticut State police leaves the scene outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School

Scenes outside Sandy Hook Elementary School this afternoon

A member of the Connecticut State police leaves the scene outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, left, as parents comfort each other, right

'IT'S TIME FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION' SAYS MAYOR BLOOMBERG

'We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again.

For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year-olds.

President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem.

Calling for “meaningful action” is not enough. We need immediate action.'

-Mayor Bloomberg

A former classmate said Adam has been 'a weird kid since we were five years old.' Tim Dalton wrote on Twitter: 'As horrible as this was, I can't say I am surprised…. Burn in hell, Adam.'

Catherine Urso, who was attending a
vigil Friday evening in Newtown said her college-age son knew the killer
and remembered him for his alternative style.

'He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths,' she said.

Adam
Lanza belonged to a technology club at Newtown High School that held
'LAN parties' – short for local area network – in which students would
gather at a member's home, hook up their computers into a small network
and play games.

Gloria Milas, whose son Joshua was in the club with Lanza, hosted one of the parties once.

She
recalled a school meeting in 2008 organized by the gunman's mother to
try to save the job of the club's adviser. At the meeting, Milas said,
Adam Lanza's brother Ryan said a few words in support of the adviser,
who he said had taken his brother under his wing.

'My brother has always been a nerd,' Ryan Lanza said then, according to Milas. 'He still wears a pocket protector.'

Joshua
Milas, who graduated from Newtown High School in 2009, said Adam Lanza
was generally a happy person but that he hadn't seen him in a few years.

'We would hang out, and he was a good
kid. He was smart,' Joshua Milas told the AP. 'He was probably one of
the smartest kids I know. He was probably a genius.'

He
graduated high school in 2010, but was not pictured in the school
yearbook. Rather, a block reading ‘camera shy’ is the entire imprint he
left.

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A boy weeps as he is told what happened after being picked up at Reed Intermediate School following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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A woman talks to a state police officer for news about the 29 people believed to have been shot dead at the school

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A visibly shocked Governor Dan Molloy joins armed law enforcement officers as they respond to the scene of multiple deaths reported after a shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School

A neighbor in
Newtown, Rhonda Cullens, said she knew Nancy Lanza from monthly
get-togethers the neighborhood women had a few years back for games of
bunco, a dice game.

'She was
a very nice lady,' Ms Cullens told the AP. 'She was just like all the
rest of us in the neighborhood, just a regular person.'

Ms
Cullens recalled that Mrs Lanza liked to garden and to make her house
look nice for the holidays. Lanza joked, though, that no one noticed
because the house was out of view, up a hill, she said.

Sandeep
Kapur, who lives two doors down from the Lanza family in Newtown, said
he did not know them and was unaware of any disturbances at the Lanza
house in the three years that he and his family have been in the
neighborhood.

He described
the area as a subdivision of well-tended, 15-year-old homes on lots of
an acre or more, where many people work at companies like General
Electric, Pepsi and IBM. Some are doctors, and his next-door neighbor is
a bank CEO, said Kapur, a project manager at an information technology
firm.

'The neighborhood's
great. We have young kids, and they have lots of friends,' he said. 'If
you drive past this neighborhood, it gives you a really warm feeling.'

A PRESIDENT BREAKS DOWN AS 'HEARTS ARE BROKEN': OBAMA'S SPEECH IN FULL

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old.

They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.

Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children.

And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another.

But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.

May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

A mother runs with her children, left, as police canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and another comforts her traumatized child, right

Parents pick-up children outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after 18 students and two adults were shot dead this morning

Parents pick-up children outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after 18 students and two adults were shot dead this morning

Hundreds of officers, sniffer dogs, and firefighters patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School to secure the area

Hundreds of officers, sniffer dogs, and firefighters patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School to secure the area

The
shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in
American schools and colleges, that is especially shocking given the
age of the students involved.

Mayor Bloomberg said Friday that immediate action must be taken over gun laws in the U.S.

He
said: 'We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun
laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak
Creek. And now we are hearing it again.

'For
every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many
of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt
condolences to the families in Newtown.

'But
the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem.
Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate
action.'

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Paramedics push stretchers toward Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, after the mass shooting this morning

Paramedics push stretchers toward Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, after the mass shooting this morning

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A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown

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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: AMERICA'S WORST SCHOOL MASSACRES

1. Virginia Tech – 32 dead plus the shooter, 16 April 2007, Blacksburg, Virginia

Student Seung Hui Cho, 23, killed two stuidents in a dorm
and then went through building of classrooms armed with two handguns, shooting
at random before killing himself.

2. University of Texas – 16 dead plus shooter, 1 August 1966, Austin, Texas

Former Marine sniper Charles Whitman, 25, armed with an
arsenal of weapons shot victims from the observation deck of the campus tower.

3. Columbine High School – 13 dead plus two shooters, 20 April 1999, Littleton, Colorado

Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire
outside the school killing students and one teacher before shooting themselves
in the library.

4. Red Lake High School – 9 dead plus shooter, 21 March 2005, Red Lake, Minnesota

Jeffrey Weise, 17, goes on a shooting spree at Red Lake High
School killing nine people, including his grandfather, before shooting himself.

5. University of Iowa – five dead plus shooter, 1 November 1991, University of Iowa

Gang Lu, 27, a graduate student from China killed five with
a .38-caliber revolver. He was apparently angry because his doctoral
dissertation had not been nominated for an academic award.

6. Amish schoolhouse massacre – six dead plus shooter, 2 October 2, 2006, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania

Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, executes five girls aged 7 to
13 before killing himself in a small Amish schoolhouse

7. Jonesboro, Arkansas – five dead, 24 March 1998, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Mitchell Johnson, 10, and Andrew Golden, 8, took seven guns
to school and pulled the fire alarm and shot students as they headed for the
exits. Four died plus a teacher. The pair were sent to a juvenile detention
center and released in 2005.

8. Cleveland Elementary School – five dead plus shooter, 17 January 1989, in Stockton, California

Patrick Edward Purdy entered a schoolyard and opened fire
with a semiautomatic rifle at Cleveland Elementary School. Five children died
and 30 others were wounded including one teacher. He then shot himself.

9. University of Arizona – three dead plus shooter, 28 October 2002, University of Arizona

Robert Flores, 40, a nursing student shot an instructor in
her office before entering a classroom and killing two more teachers before
committing suicide.

10. Kent State University – four dead, 4 May 1970, Kent State University in Ohio

National Guard troops killed four students who took part in
anti-war protests on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio.

'If we get more information and as we get more information, we'll certainly provide it to you. The president as a father and I as a father certainly … feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement, to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.'

First Selectman Pat Llodra told Patch that there is no information being released about the victims — only confirming that there was a shooting.

'I'm
horrified, saddened and shocked that this happened in Newtown,' Llodra
said. 'Our priorities right now are making sure everyone safe and
reuniting parents with their children.'

One mother of an eight-year-old girl at the school, Brenda Lebinski, told Patch that her daughter is safe thanks to one teacher's decision to move all kids into a closet when a gunman had entered the building.

Mrs Lebinski said that she had spoken to her daughter's teacher who was in the school at the time of the shooting, and that a masked gunman had shot adults in the school.

'My daughter's teacher is my hero,' Lebinski said. 'She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives.'

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SECURITY MEASURES CAN'T PREVENT ANOTHER U.S. SCHOOL SHOOTING

American public schools use a variety of security measures
to protect students and staff.

Almost 94 per cent of U.S. elementary schools lock their
doors during the school day to restrict access to campuses.

Some 84 per cent of high schools, 73 per cent of middle
schools, and 51 per cent of elementary schools use security cameras to monitor
their schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Increasing numbers of security guards are in place at U.S.
public schools as a result of gun crime with metal detectors also in use across
the country.

Yet despite security measures school shootings in America
are still common place.

On February 10 2012 a 14-year-old from New Hampshire called
Hunter Mack shot himself in the face at Walpole Elementary School cafeteria.

Two weeks later student T.J. Lane, 17, allegedly opened fire
at Chardon High School, Ohio, killing two and injuring three.

Seven were killed and 10 injured at a shooting at Oikos
University, in Oakland, California on 2 April. One L. Goh, 43, a Korean
national surrendered to police.

Police arrested 15-year-old Robert Gladden and charged him
as an adult after a student opened fire on the first day of school, at Perry
Hall High School, Baltimore, in August. The 15-year-old allegedly opened fire
before being rushed by teachers.

Teachers again stopped a shooter on September 7 when a
14-year-old was tackled to the floor after shooting at the ceiling at Normal
Community High School, Illinois.

On September 26 eight grader Cade Poulos killed himself at
Stillwater Junior High School in Oklahoma.