A Connecticut state police spokesman calls it "mere speculation" at this point to say what motivated Adam Lanza to commit the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Bob Orr of CBS attributed to "law enforcement sources" Monday night a theory that Lanza saw himself as being in competition with Anders Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in Norway two years ago, many of them teenagers at a summer camp. The story said Lanza wanted to kill even more people and went to the school because it was an easy target.
But Lt. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police spokesman, says investigators "are a long way" from determining what motivated Lanza. The notion that it was an obsession with Breivik, Vance says, "is mere speculation."
"Determining a motive is a huge undertaking," Vance said, "especially given that Lanza is dead."
Another law enforcement official said Lanza had collected material on previous mass shootings. "But there was nothing that outlined his plans or said that he was trying to outdo a previous shooting," the official said.
Federal law enforcement officials say they are not involved in that aspect of the investigation. The FBI lab is trying to extract data from Lanza's damaged hard drive, but so far that effort has produced nothing of value, an official says.
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