Scientists will be researching the DNA of Newtown, Connecticut gunman Adam Lanza in search of a gene that might indicate that certain individuals have a propensity to commit evil, reports state.
Connecticut medical examiner H. Wayne Carver, who performed the autopsies of Lanza’s victims, has ordered a review of the killer’s DNA to see if there might be any abnormalities. Geneticists at the University of Connecticut are stated to conduct the study in the weeks and months ahead.
Arthur Beaudet, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, told reporters that geneticists will likely work to “detect clear abnormalities of what we would call a mutation in a gene.”
“[T]here are some abnormalities that are related to aggressive behavior,” he said. “They might look for mutations that might be associated with mental illnesses and ones that might also increase the risk for violence.”
Beaudet stated that the ultimate goal is to find some sort of “treatment” that will stop mass shootings before they happen. However, he also admitted that DNA testing may not provide all of the answers in every situation.
“I don’t think any one of these mutations would explain every mass shooting — but some would have mutations that cause schizophrenia and related violent behavior,” Beaudet said.
Scrape TV stated, “If a demon possessed Lanza, that will likely not be found in his DNA. … No one has yet been able to determine the DNA structure of fallen angels/demons which could cause some problems.”
In the meantime, the FBI and other government officials are investigating evidence both online and from Lanza’s hard drive, which they found smashed, in order to try to obtain answers as to a motive for his crimes. According to reports, authorities speculate that he might have used devil-worshiping or suicide sites, or conversed online in some manner about his plans to murder his mother. A former classmate of Lanza purportedly claimed that the 20-year-old had a satanic page on the internet, but his assertions have yet to be confirmed.
As previously reported, earlier this month, Lanza shot his mother in the head while she was still in bed, and then taking her firearms and vehicle, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he began to fire upon the children and their teachers.
At the end of his violent rampage, when Lanza took his own life as first responders closed in on him, twenty children and six adults were left dead, including the school principal. Medical examiners report that the majority of the victims had been shot multiple times.
“I’ve been at this for a third of a century … [and] this is probably the worst I’ve seen,” said Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver. “This is a very devastating set of injuries.”
Sixteen of the children that died in the rampage were six years of age, and four were seven years old. All of the adults that were killed were women.
There have been a string of deadly attacks across America following the Connecticut shooting, including in Texas, where a man opened fire in the restaurant where he worked and then ran across the street to a movie theater where he believed co-workers might have entered, and in New York, where a man set fire to the house he lived in with his sister and then gunned down firefighters as they arrived to put out the flames.