Gunman's aunt speaks out about the Conn. shooting

Posted: 12/15/12 at 7:55 pm EST      Last Updated: 12/15/12 at 8:05 pm EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WHDH) -- Family members said there were no warning signs and residents are trying to make sense of the tragedy that has struck the small town in Connecticut.

“It’s just devastating. It’s just devastating,” said resident, Joann Lapke. “My son is waiting to hear on some of his friends.”

Investigators combed through the Lanza’s home for a second day in a row. They believe Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy, before going to the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The guns used matched similar ones owned by his mother.

“Last time we visited with her in person we talked about prepping and you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses,” said the gunman’s aunt, Marsha Lanza.

The reporter asked, “Survivalist kind of thing?”

“Yea,” said Marsha Lanza.

Nancy’s guns were supposed to be for self defense. Marsha Lanza called her nephew a special needs child. So far, no motive has been released.

“Just pray for peace,” said Marsha Lanza. “Do I think gun laws need to be changed? No. It’s the person that does the killing, not the gun."

Federal investigators searched for clues at a Danbury, Conn. shooting range, but turned up nothing.

“He sat up in the club house for a couple of hours and scrutinized every single name signed in for 2012 and there are thousands of them and they determined they had never been here,” said Dean Price, Wooster Mountain Shooting.

“I just don’t know how we’re going to heal from something like this. It’s just so tragic,” said Lapke.

Family members said they reached out to Nancy Lanza Friday morning before the shooting and said there was no indication that anything was wrong.

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