Connecticut school shooter snapped as 'mum wanted to send him to psychiatric facility'
The fanatic gunman, who killed 20 children and six adults in a shooting spree at a Connecticut elementary school, may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility, resident of the area who was familiar with the killer's family and several of the victims' families said.
"Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early on Friday because he believed she loved the school 'more than she loved him," Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place, said.
"From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed," Flashman told FoxNews.com.
"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," he added.
According to the report, a senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza's anger at his mother over plans for 'his future mental health treatment' is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
Flashman said Nancy Lanza was also good friends with the school's principal and psychologist both of whom were killed in the shooting rampage.
"Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this [was the fact that] she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed," Flashman said.
"I could understand how he might perceive thatthat his mom loved him less than she loved the kids, loved the school. But she did love him. But he was a troubled kid and she probably just couldn't take care of him by herself anymore," he added.