The son of a Connecticut pastor said mom Nancy Lanza may have wanted to have her son committed, causing him to snap. But the pastor called the claim ‘hearsay.’ Meanwhile, other details about the enigmatic killer emerged, including that his mother always did the talking at the barber shop.
By: Erik Ortiz/New York Daily News
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 8:33 AM
The theory that Adam Lanza targeted an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., because his mother was going to have him committed was quickly disputed Tuesday.
Still unanswered publicly is what drove the 20-year-old gunman to kill so viciously, murdering 27 people and himself last Friday. The motive remains murky, but that hasn’t stopped the intense speculation.
Richard Flashman, a pastor at Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church in nearby Monroe, was forced to put out a statement after his son told Foxnews.com that Lanza’s mother, Nancy, wanted to put him in a psychiatric facility.
“I’ve just spoken to Josh,” Flashman said of his son, according to The Journal News. “As the Fox News article indicates, the information Josh spoke to them about was hearsay and not confirmed. I suggest you do not run with the story. I am perplexed why Fox would run with it in the first place.”
Some of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shooting took place, are members of Beacon Hill. Joshua Flashman told FoxNews.com that he heard Nancy Lanza had volunteered at the school for several years, and her son may have believed she loved the school “more than she loved him.”
“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and plans to have him committed,” Joshua Flashman claimed. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
Richard Flashman said that he wasn’t the source of the information, although two state troopers had arrived at the church to take a statement, according to The Journal News.
State police have said that Adam Lanza had “no connection” to the school, and school officials disputed an early report that his mother worked there.
“No one has heard of her,” Lillian Bittman,who served on the local school board until 2011, told The Wall Street Journal last Friday. “Teachers don’t know her.”
Police say Adam Lanza shot his mother in their Newtown home before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School with at least four guns, all registered to Nancy Lanza, and shooting his way in shortly before 9:30 a.m. He killed six adults, including Principal Dawn Hochsprung, and 20 children ages 6 and 7. with a semiautomatic assault rifle.
Police said they received the first 911 call around 9:31 a.m., and by the time they arrived, Lanza had killed himself.
Investigators said Monday that they’re examining possible evidence, including cell phones and video game consoles, to get a clearer picture of who Lanza was. So far, no letters or diaries by the killer have emerged, The Associated Press.
A home computer was found smashed, according to reports, and an FBI forensics team is trying to determine if they can still retrieve data from the hard drive.
Experts told the Daily News that it could take a while before investigators sift through all the electronic evidence.
Meanwhile, new reports have emerged about the enigma that was Adam Lanza, who has been described by former classmates as intelligent but distant. His parents divorced when he was 17.
Hair stylist Bob Skuba said Nancy Lanza would take her son to get a haircut at his family-owned shop, Robert Anthony’s Hair Salon, beginning when he was age 12 and over the next five years.
Skuba told CNN that Adam Lanza would sit with his head down and never made eye contact. When Skuba tried to make small talk, Nancy Lanza would answer for her son.
Another stylist, Jessica Phillips, told The AP that Nancy Lanza would give her directions.
“He would just be looking down at the tiles..the whole time,” Skuba added.
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