Update: 12/15: An Aunt was interviewed by a Fox News reporter and she said the killer was a very nice boy. His mother was battling with the school, she said, but she didn’t know what it was about. The mother home-schooled her killer son. It is hard for a parent of a child with serious problems.
Other neighbors said he was a terror.
Original Story from abcNews: There are reports that Adam Lanza was learning disabled, slightly Autistic, socially awkward, very bright, and suffered from personality disabilities. He was subject to sudden outbursts and terrorized his neighbors and classmates.
All of those interviewed today said he was very troubled.
“This was a deeply disturbed kid,” a family insider told the Daily News. “He certainly had major issues. He was subject to outbursts from what I recall.”
A family friend said Lanza had a condition “where he couldn’t feel pain.”
“A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,” said the friend. “Adam had a lot of mental problems.”
His family is well-to-do and his antics were a problem for the neighbors in his tony neighborhood.
“Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were 5 years old,” a neighbor and former classmate named Tim Dalton wrote on Twitter. “As horrible as this was, I can’t say I am surprised . . . Burn in hell, Adam.”
In high school, he carried a black briefcase and was an outcast who rarely spoke. He hung out with the smart students.
He lived in a lovely home with his mother who, by all accounts, was devoted to her children. She was divorced from his father Peter Lanza, now a VP of GE Energy Financial Services since 2008 after 27 years of marriage. He has since remarried. Peter didn’t want the divorce allegedly and he took it hard according to his lawyer. He was also devoted to his children and paid more money in the divorce settlement than his lawyer suggested. The divorce went amicably.
Lanza learned of the shootings from a reporter and seemed horrified by the news.
Nancy Lanza, 54, a teacher’s aide, gave up her job years ago to stay home and take care of Adam who needed her ongoing care. She was well-respected as was her ex-husband but Adam was seen as a terror. [Correction: This report is probably inaccurate. It is now said that the mother never worked for the school. Her connection to the school might have been from the fact that she home schooled him and would have to get texts, arrange for tests, and so on.]
Adam’s brother Ryan has not spoken with his brother in a couple years reportedly, since he began attending Quinnipiac University. Ryan and his girlfriend started tweeting and blogging on Facebook “Shut the Fu#$ Up CNN” today when he was said to be the shooter. It appeared he didn’t know that his brother committed the crime either. He was accidentally identified as the gunman instead of his brother and it is thought that Adam had Ryan’s ID on him when he shot himself after slaughtering a total of 7 adults and 20 small children, mostly first graders.
Adam was a computer wiz with few friends. Adam Lanza was a gamer and one has to wonder if he was playing violent games or games which caused him to confuse reality and fiction.
If only half the descriptions of his illnesses are true, he was dealt a difficult hand. Signs of how dangerous he was seem tohave been evident for much of his life. He shot some of his victims with a long rifle 3 to 11 times. In the end, there can be no excuse and the act was pure evil.
Read more at the NY Daily News