The man who shot dead 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school wanted to kill more people than the 77 slain by a Norwegian man in a 2011 rampage, CBS News reported yesterday, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
A Connecticut state police spokesman dismissed the report as inaccurate speculation.
Adam Lanza, 20, who killed himself as police closed in on him at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, saw himself in direct competition with Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting attack in Norway on July 22, 2011, CBS said. Breivik surrendered to police.
Citing two officials briefed on the Newtown investigation, CBS said Lanza targeted the elementary school because he saw it as the "easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people." The report did not say how the investigators learned of Lanza's desire to compete with Breivik.
Lanza was also motivated by violent video games and had spent numerous hours playing games and working on his computer shooting skills in a private gaming room with blacked-out windows, CBS said.
Evidence shows that in his mind, Lanza was likely acting out the fantasies of a video game during his shooting spree with each death amounting to some kind of "score," CBS said.
Authorities have not publicly spoken of his motive.
"All of it is speculation. There is no basis to the CBS story. We have not established a motive. It's inaccurate," Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance said in a statement read on CNN.