Gun­man re­called as silent tech whiz

Mother wanted to en­roll loner son in ‘cen­ter’ out West.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Katie Zezima

NEW­TOWN, CONN. — As the na­tion paused to mark a week since the shoot­ings at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School, new de­tails emerged Fri­day about the gun­man, Adam Lanza, who ac­quain­tances said was able to take apart and re­assem­ble a com­puter in a mat­ter of min­utes but rarely spoke to any­one.

In high school, Lanza hardly ever talked to class­mates and once gave a pre­sen­ta­tion en­tirely by com­puter, never ut­ter­ing a sin­gle word.

“As long as I knew him, he never really spoke,” said Daniel Frost, who took a com­puter class with Lanza and re­mem­bered his skill with elec­tron­ics.

Lanza seemed to spend most of his time in his own large space in the base­ment of the home he shared with his mother — the same base­ment where she kept a col­lec­tion of guns, said Rus­sell Ford, a friend of Nancy Lanza’s who had done chim­ney and pipe work on the house.

A week ago, Lanza fa­tally shot his mother be­fore blast­ing his way into the school, killing 20 chil­dren and six teach­ers with a mil­i­tary-style ri­fle. As po­lice ap­proached, he used a hand­gun to com­mit sui­cide.

Nancy Lanza was

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