Nancy Lanza's friends remembered her as a devoted mother who was generous to her friends. She often went out to a local bar for a glass of wine or a bite to eat and was known for her interests in the Red Sox, landscaping and for target shooting with guns she collected.
"She always spoke very lovingly about him. She was devoted to him, catering to him and his limitations," said John Bergquist, who got to know Nancy Lanza at a neighborhood pizzeria bar they both frequented.
Nancy Lanza took her children target shooting, her friends said. Three weapons were recovered inside the school, including a Glock handgun, a Sig Sauer 9-millimeter handgun and a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle. A fourth weapon was found in the car Lanza left at the scene.
Bergquist said her interest in shooting was not about self-defense. "It was mostly a hobby, a connection activity she could do with her son," he said. " Maybe, as disturbing as it seems now, it was something that he enjoyed and excelled and shared with his mother."
He said Nancy Lanza had been able to live comfortably with her alimony settlement, but said she had a strained relationship with her ex-husband, as did her sons.
"She never spoke very highly of her ex-husband," he said, describing the divorce as "less than amicable," although he wasn't sure why.