Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, is speaking at length for the first time since his son shot and killed 26 people more than a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Adam Lanza also killed his own mother and himself that December day in Newtown, Conn. His father, Peter, gave an extensive interview with The New Yorker magazine. He says the only reason he is alive is that he was not in Newtown that day.

When Adam Lanza took a rifle to Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, his father Peter hadn’t seen him for more than two years — only getting periodic updates from his ex-wife Nancy about their troubled son.

Adam had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and had been growing increasingly hostile toward his mother.

As Peter Lanza told the New Yorker, “With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he’d had the chance. I don’t question that for a minute. The reason he shot Nancy four times was one for each of us: one for Nancy; one for him; one for (his brother) Ryan; one for me.”

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