The Shooter played the Saxophone by Matthew and Robert Carney

The Shooter played the Saxophone
By Matthew and Robert Carney

Excerpted from the report of the State’s Attorney regarding the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Those who knew the shooter describe him in contradictory ways.

He was a quiet, shy boy who participated in class and listened,

But did not show enthusiasm, extreme happiness or extreme sadness.

He was neutral.

When asked to write a poem, he was able to write a beautiful one and presented it in public.

The shooter was capable of laughing, smiling and making jokes.

He loved music. He played the saxophone.

In seventh grade, a teacher described the shooter as intelligent but not normal.

He wore the same clothing repeatedly and might not speak to you.

Even if you were talking to him.

The shooter had a cell phone but never used it.

Calls all went to voice mail.

The shooter was particular about the food that he ate and its arrangement on a plate.

No one was allowed in his room.

When the shooter had his hair cut, he did not like to be touched
and did not like the sound of clippers,

So they were not used much.

The mother took care of all of the shooter’s needs.

The mother wanted to buy the shooter a CZ 83 pistol for Christmas and had prepared a check for that purchase to give the shooter.

He would not allow his mother to put up a Christmas tree.

The shooter liked to play a game called “Dance Dance Revolution.”

The shooter wrote about
human nature,
lack of control,
mental illness,
existential crisis,
urban exploration of abandoned areas,
hiking and

The shooter produced the “Big Book of Granny” in which the main character has a gun in her cane and shoots people.

The level of violence in the writing was disturbing

The shooter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder.

It was also noted that he lacked empathy.

Police officers found the shooter in classroom 10.

He had yellow colored earplugs in each ear.

He was wearing black cargo-pocket pants, black socks, black sneakers, a black canvas belt and black fingerless gloves on each hand.

Many people have asked why the shooter did what he did.

What we do know is that the shooter had significant mental health issues that…

While not affecting the criminality of the shooter’s mental state
for the crimes or his criminal responsibility for them…

Did affect his ability to live a normal life and to interact with others.

Whether this contributed in any way is unknown.


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