Morning Security Brief: Report on Sandy Hook, Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Investigation, Yale Shooter, and More
A 48-page report on the Sandy Hook shootings offers insight into shooter Adam Lanza's life, but offers no clear motive behind the attack; the supposed gunman on Yale's campus might have been a hoax; and there no criminal charges in a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy that killed 64 people.
► A 48-page report on the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, was released yesterday, revealing details about the investigation that has largely been kept from the public. The document offers some insight into killer Adam Lanza’s actions and the path he traversed during the shooting rampage. “Lanza carefully planned his attack. According to information from a GPS device he owned, he drove to the vicinity of the school one day before the assault, while his mother was out of town,” according to the New York Times. The report reveals that Lanza had “significant mental health issues,” but that he “refused to take suggested medication and did not engage in suggested behavior therapies.” The document also details some of the violent paraphernalia he kept in his room at his mother’s Connecticut home, and says a hard drive he destroyed discovered by investigators was unable to be recovered. Investigators are still unable to piece together what his motive was for the shooting. “The long-awaited report does not suggest a motive for Mr. Lanza’s actions, even as it offers a glimpse into his strange, troubled life,” says the news report.
► Police are indicating that reports of a gunman on the campus of Yale University yesterday may have been a hoax . According to Fox News, "No evidence of any gunman was found despite a room-to-room search by police." New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman said that a 911 call was placed from a pay phone a mile away from the Ivy League school campus. The caller indicated that his roommate was going to the campus to shoot people. New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said he will track down arrest the person who made the intial call. "Though it is starting to tilt in the direction of an innocent mistake, it started with a purposeful and malicious call," he said.
►There are still no criminal charges linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak in 20 states, but federal and state prosecutors said in a news conference yesterday they are making progress in their criminal investigation. “At least 64 people were killed and nearly 700 others were sickened in 20 states after receiving pain injections with tainted steroids made by Framingham-based New England Compounding Center, which has since surrendered its license and filed for bankruptcy,” the Boston Globe reports. U.S. attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz and Attorney General Bill Schuette of Michigan announced they will be conducting two separate investigations into the pharmacy. Michigan had a total of 19 residents killed in the outbreak, the highest number of the 20 states that were affected. The charges prosecutors are expected to focus on are “fraud; selling tainted drugs in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; or defrauding the government Medicare or Medicaid health insurance programs. Those crimes carry maximum charges of three to 20 years in prison,” according to the report.
►The security pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan
has encountered another hurdle as the two countries attempt to reach a deal. Afghan president Hamid Karzai said on Monday night that he refuses to sign off on the pact until certain conditions are met, according to CNN, but U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice says that what Karzai is asking for was already worked out in the details of the pact. In a speech to a council of Afghan Elders, the Loya Jirga, Karzai complained about U.S. raids on Afghan homes. "If U.S. military forces conduct military operations on Afghan homes even one more time, then there will be no [bilateral security agreement] and we won't sign it," Karzai said Sunday. "They should give assurance about this to us before I sign it,” he said. The U.S.-Afghan security pact outlines how many U.S. troops remain in the Middle Eastern nation after most foreign forces pull out by the end of 2014, and is a crucial agreement to other NATO countries who “have said they will be unable to remain in Afghanistan if the United States and Afghanistan do not reach a deal.”