Malloy Says Newtown Motive May Never Be Known

Announces formation of Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

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Gov. Dannel Malloy at a press conference Thursday
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Malloy Says Newtown Motive May Never Be Known
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The investigation into last month's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School may take months to complete.  And, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the governor says the shooter's motive may never be known.
 
Governor Dannel Malloy made the remarks at a press conference.
 
"We don't yet know the underlying cause behind this tragedy, and we probably never will.  Not in any way that will make sense of what happened on that day."
 
Asked to explain the comment, Malloy said the gunman -- Adam Lanza -- apparently hid any reasoning for killing 26 people at the school before committing suicide.
 
"The perpetrator didn't leave a note or a long address and took steps to prevent us from understanding his thought process up to a certain point."  
 
State investigators have not given a timeline for the release of their report.
 
Malloy was at the state capitol to announce the formation of an advisory commission that will review and recommend changes to state laws and policies following the Newtown shooting.
 
"The commission will look for ways to make sure that our gun laws are as tight as they need to be, that our mental health system can reach those who are in need of our help, and that our law enforcement agencies have the tools that they need to protect public safety -- particularly in our schools."
 
The governor named Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson to chair the panel.  An initial report is due to Malloy by March 15.
 
For WNPR, I'm Jeff Cohen.