Medical examiner seeks genetic clues to Connecticut shooter

Dr. H. Wayne Carver, Connecticut's chief medical examiner, is investigating whether any identifiable disease may have led to Adam Lanza's deadly shooting spree at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's chief medical examiner says he's seeking genetic clues to help explain why a shooter killed 20 children and six adults in a Newtown elementary school.

Dr. H. Wayne Carver tells The Hartford Courant that he wants to know if there is any identifiable disease associated with the behavior of the shooter, Adam Lanza. He is working with the University of Connecticut department of genetics.

Paula Levy, a mediator who worked with Lanza's parents, says Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-like disorder.

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

Carver is awaiting toxicology testing results for Lanza and other information.

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

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