Connecticut school shooter's mother collected guns in preparation for chaos following economic collapse
The mother of the gunman, who killed 20 children and seven adults in a shooting spree in a Connecticut school, was a gun-proud 'survivalist' preparing for economic collapse.
Nancy Lanza, whose gun collection was raided by her son Adam for Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook school, was part of the "prepper" movement, which urges readiness for social chaos by hoarding supplies and training with weapons.
"She prepared for the worst," her sister-in-law Marsha Lanza told reporters.
"Last time we visited her in person, we talked about prepping - are you ready for what could happen down the line, when the economy collapses?" she added.
According to the Telegraph, it has also emerged that Lanza had spoken of her fears less than a week before the attack that she was "losing" her son.
"She said it was getting worse. She was having trouble reaching him," a friend of Nancy Lanza, who did not want to be named, said.
Police disclosed that the 52-year-old had five legally registered guns - at least three of which her 20-year-old son carried with him, the report said.
Most victims were shot with an assault rifle, while Lanza also carried two handguns and left a shotgun in his car, it added.
Fresh details emerged of the massacre which has caused shock across America and internationally.
Lanza was reported to have wiped out one complete class of six and seven-year-olds along with their teacher.
According to the report, Dr H Wayne Carver, Connecticut's chief medical examiner, said the injuries were the worst he had seen in his career with some of the children shot 11 times.
Dannel Malloy, the Connecticut governor, said the death toll might have been much greater and Lanza may have planned to kill even more.
"We surmise that he heard responders coming and apparently at that, decided to take his own life," Malloy said.