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Possible motive: Lanza's mother was reportedly trying to get him committed

Home of Adam Lanza, 20, the shooter of 27 people, including himself and his mother. Screen shot via Fox News.

According to an exclusive report by Fox News on Tuesday, a senior police officer has confirmed that they’re looking into Adam Lanza’s fear of being committed as a possible motive for his shooting rampage on Friday.

Police now have information which suggests Lanza, 20, shot and killed 20 first graders, his mother and six other Sandy Hook Elementary staff members because his mother reportedly volunteered with the Kindergarten students last year at Sandy Hook Elementary. Police suspect that when Adam Lanza found out that his mother was petitioning for conservatorship in order to have him committed to a psychiatric facility, he snapped.

Joshua Flashman, 25, the son of a Newtown, Connecticut, area pastor told Fox News that people close to the family were aware of Adam’s mother’s petitioning the court to have him committed against his will. Flashman said that he was told that Ms. Lanza, whom Adam shot and killed shortly before he went on his elementary school killing spree, was at a loss in how to deal with Adam’s issues. Flashman believed the paperwork had been filed and that Ms. Lanza was just waiting on a competency trial to complete the process.

According to the source, Ms. Lanza was friends with the school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and the school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, who were both shot and killed on Friday. The source believes that Adam chose the first grade classrooms because those children would have been Kindergarteners last year, during the time his mother allegedly volunteered in those classrooms. Adam Lanza was also a former student of Sandy Hook.

Flashman said, “I could understand how he might perceive that—that 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.”