New police documents were released today from the ongoing investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, including search records that reveal shooter Adam Lanza had amassed a gigantic home arsenal. Among the items that were seized from the Lanza home:
- 1,400 rounds of ammunition, and numerous magazines, for various types of weapons
- An open gun safe, with no sign of force entry. Most of the ammo was stored in the safe.
- A .22-caliber rifle
- Nine knifes, one bayonet, three samurai swords, and some kind of double-bladed spear
- A rifle scope, binoculars, and several holsters
- Various other items used by sports shooters and hunters, such as eye and ear protection, and paper targets (and an NRA certificate) [Update: The NRA says "there is no record of a member relationship" between them and either of the Lanzas, but the police report only says "certificate," which could mean a number of things that aren't membership.]
- Video game consoles (including the first-person war game Call of Duty), multiple cellphones, and notes about local gun shops
- Books on mental health and firearms (titles included Look Me in the Eye — My Life with Asperger's; Born on a Blue Day — Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant; and NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting)
The inventory is not complete, however, as some of the documents are still being withheld at this time. For example, there's no mention of a supposed spreadsheet where the shooter kept detailed notes of other famous mass killings. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but talk of this detail in the media has drawn the ire of some victim's families and prosecutors, who feel that police are revealing too much information other law enforcement officials, but not the public.