Medical Examiner Seeks Genetic Clues To School Gunman’s Motive

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 19, 2012)--Connecticut's chief medical examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver says he's seeking genetic clues to help explain why a shooter killed 20 children and six adults in a Newtown elementary school.

Carver told The Hartford Courant that he wants to know if there is any identifiable disease associated with the behavior of the gunman Adam Lanza, 20.

He is working with the University of Connecticut department of genetics.

Paula Levy, a mediator who worked with Lanza's parents during their divorce, has said Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-like disorder.

Carver says Asperger's is not associated with violent behavior and he says he's not considering it as a reason for Lanza's rampage on Friday.

Carver is awaiting toxicology results for Lanza and other information.

Lanza shot himself to death as first responders approached the school Friday morning.


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