Man Who Knew CT Shooter: “I wish I would’ve killed him”
Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) As people seek an answer to why a 20-year-old man would walk into a school and kill small children, we are hearing from many different people.
One person who has not held back is the shooter’s barber, Bob Skuba, “I used to cut the killer’s hair.”
Skuba was clipping hair Friday when he saw emergency cars race by his shop, then he found out about the massacre.
“I wish I would’ve killed him then,” he says. “Or he should have killed himself a long time ago. He would’ve saved us all the trouble. … He should’ve run in front of a bus, or some other type of terrible death he should’ve done to himself.”
Skuba said the young man would sit with his head straight down, his eyes adrift, never making eye contact.
People would tell the barber not to talk with the kid, that he was a strange ‘bird.’
But Skuba’s not one to keep his mouth shut. He can’t stop talking for more than 15 seconds, “How you doing? How’s school? What you been up to lately?”
Nancy Lanza, the shooter’s mother, would jump in and answer for her son, “He’s not in school. I’m homeschooling.”
Skuba said when the haircut was done, he would tell him was time to get up, but he’d just sit there, like he was still getting clipped.
Skuba said his mom would grab him by the arm and yank him up, It’s time to go, Adam. Your haircut is done.”
Skuba never knew what exactly was wrong. Lanza never looked like he was dangerous.
He didn’t seem like the type, a nerdy teen with oversized dress shirts buttoned to the top.
Never, never did he think the kid would do this, He had to be possessed by the devil. I don’t care how messed up you are. No one shoots a child 11 times.”
About three years ago, the family stopped coming into Skuba’s store, “It would’ve saved all those kids and parents the trouble. I should’ve slipped and stabbed him by accident. It would’ve been a lot better for those people.”
Skuba has lived in Newtown for more than 30 years.