Geneticists Set To Study Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza's DNA
Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza will have his DNA studied in hopes of finding a scientific answer as to what drove him to commit such a heinous crime.
Nearly two weeks ago, Lanza shot 20 children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also killed his mother prior to shooting up the school.
The study, which experts believe may be the first of its kind, is expected to be looking for abnormalities or mutations in Lanza's DNA.
Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver has reached out to University of Connecticut's geneticists to conduct the study.
University of Connecticut spokesperson Tom Green says Carver “has asked for help from our department of genetics” and they are “willing to give any assistance they can.”
Green said he could not provide details on the project, but said it has not begun and they are “standing by waiting to assist in any way we can.”
Lanza, 20, carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just days before Christmas. His motives for the slaughter remain a mystery.
The study has not yet started, and may not necessarily determine Lanza's motive. “I don't think any one of these mutations would explain all of (the mass shooters), but some of them would have mutations that might be causing both schizophrenia and related schizophrenia violent behavior,” noted Baylor College of Medicine professor Arthur Beaudet. “I think we could learn more about it and we should learn more about it.”
After the shooting, Lanza took his own life. His brother, Ryan, was originally believed to be the suspect.
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