Police at Sand Hook Elementry, after the shooting on December 14, 2012.WIKIMEDIA< VOAOfficials in Connecticut are searching for any clues that may help them piece together the motivations of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who killed his mother before going on a deadly shooting spree in an elementary school last Friday (December 14), gunning down 20 young children, and 6 other adults in the idyllic New England town of Newtown. According to The Hartford Courant, H. Wayne Carver, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, has invited a University of Connecticut geneticist to join him in the investigation of the killings. “I’m exploring with the department of genetics what might be possible, if anything is possible,” Carver told the Courant on Tuesday. “Is there any identifiable disease associated with this behavior?”

Some sources have averred that Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, but that has yet to be...

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