An investigation into the Newtown school shooting did not determine a motive for the attack that killed 20 children and six women, a prosecutor says, but did reveal that the shooter had an obsession with the 1999 Columbine High shootings and other such mass killings.The need to find some rationale, some cause and effect linkage, to allocate fault or blame, is deeply ingrained in the Western psyche. But sometimes there is no rhyme or reason.
State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, who led the investigation, said there is no clear indication why 20-year-old Adam Lanza chose Sandy Hook Elementary School as the target for his rampage other than the fact that it was close to his home. The summary report by Sedensky comes nearly a year after the massacre.
He said Lanza had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and interact with others but did not affect his mental state for the crimes.
One thing that is clear from the report, however, is that when seconds counted, the police were only minutes away.