Adam Lanza, 20, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter who shot and killed 20 first graders, six adults and himself on Friday, had aspirations to join the Marines says a close friend of Nancy Lanza, the man’s mother.
Nancy Lanza, 52, was also killed by her son on Friday morning, right before he open fired in a first grade classroom in Newtown, Connecticut, killing all but one child in that class. A friend of Nancy Lanza’s, Ellen Adriani, who claims she met Nancy at an area restaurant and bar, says Nancy spoke often of Adam and told her that he wanted to join the Marines. If the Marines wouldn’t take him, Adam reportedly had a back up plan to join another branch of the military.
Adriani said that Nancy Lanza was supportive at first, but reconsidered based on Adam’s behaviors and quirks.
Adriani said of Nancy Lanza, “She squashed” any notion of Adam joining the Marines or any branch of the armed services by reminding him “that he didn’t like to be touched.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, Adam reportedly stopped taking college level courses shortly before his shooting rampage and held close to him his desire to join the military.
According to the The Sun of London newspaper, Peter Wlasuk, a Newtown plumber, said that he did some work for the Lanzas in their home and noticed that Adam would play violent video games, in his basement, for hours on end, cut off from the world. Wlasuk said he liked to play the role of a soldier in these gruesome games. Wlasuk also recalls a poster in the home, “They had one poster of every piece of military equipment the U.S. ever made,” Wlasuk said.