Report: Adam Lanza suspected shooter of 26, had form of autism

Posted at 1:12 AM, Dec 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-15 01:12:59-05

CNN reports that a family member of suspected shooter Adam Lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism. That information is cited from a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

CBS reports that Lanza was a honors student, though somewhat reclusive and shy. 

“We would hang out, and he was a good kid. He was smart,” Joshua Milas, a Newtown graduated said. “He was probably one of the smartest kids I know. He was probably a genius.”

Additional reports on Lanza’s mental state cite his brother as a source. CBS said that Ryan Lanza told authorities that his brother was believed to suffer from a personality disorder.

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Reporting from CNN’s Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.