“Newtown Massacre: What Is a Bushmaster .223?”


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A Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen in Seattle, March 27, 2006. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

A Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen in Seattle, March 27, 2006. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

Law enforcement officials said that Adam Lanza was armed with four firearms when he started his rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Friday that ended in the deaths of 20 children and seven adults, but nearly all the killing was done with just one of the guns: a .223 caliber Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle.

Lanza used the rifle, a modified civilian version of the military’s M-16 similar to the popular AR-15, as he stalked through the school and opened fire on children as young as five. Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the medical examiner who investigated the massacre, told reporters over the weekend that all of Lanza’s victims had been shot more than once.

The killing ended when Lanza took his own life, this time using a handgun, officials said.

Bushmaster, headquartered in North Carolina, bills itself on its website as the leading supplier of AR-15-type rifles in the U.S. and offers more than a dozen different models in various calibers.

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“Adam Lanza: Gunman’s family at a loss to explain Connecticut shooting”


By Holly Yan, CNN

updated 4:51 PM EST, Sun December 16, 2012

(CNN) — As with many murder-suicides, the gunman in the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting took to his grave the reasons that compelled him to kill more than two dozen people before taking his own life in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

But those who knew the shooter struggled to reconcile the difference between the quiet, withdrawn 20-year-old without a criminal record and the man who donned black fatigues and a military vest and rained hell at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week.

Police said the shooter was Adam Lanza and that he killed his mother, Nancy, in their home before walking into the school and spraying with

A yearbook photo of Adam Lanza, taken during his sophomore year in 2008.

A yearbook photo of Adam Lanza, taken during his sophomore year in 2008.

bullets 26 more people — 20 of them children no older than 7.

The rampage ended when Lanza apparently took his own life in a classroom. With him were three firearms: a semiautomatic .223-caliber rifle made by Bushmaster and two handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer.

Connecticut law requires gun owners to be at least 21. The guns, authorities said, belonged to his mother.

Police have yet to disclose a motive for the attack — which left those who knew Lanza trying to discern whether anything in his past could have foreshadowed the present.

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