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Adam Lanza: Child Killer

Screen Shot 2012-12-15 at 10.56.35 AMCrazed kid-killer Adam Lanza was a troubled “genius” who was painfully awkward and shy.

“I know he had issues,” said Beth Israel, whose daughter, Alex, went to school with Lanza. “He was a really troubled kid. I think he had learning disabilities.”

Adam’s brother told investigators that the gunman was autistic, sources said. Israel described him to The Post as a sort of autistic savant, saying he was “very smart, but he had issues. He was a real genius.

“He was just a weird kid. He was a very quiet kid, a shy kid, maybe socially awkward,” Israel added.

Connecticut neighbor Justin Germak, 17, said he knew that Lanza “had a condition.”

“You definitely notice it,” Germak said. “[He was] kind of, like, needy. I wouldn’t say antisocial, but struggling to be social.”

Lanza, 20, used two handguns, a Glock and a SIG Sauer, in the horrific massacre.

He left a high-powered, .223-caliber assault rifle in his car before his murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, sources said.

His mother — who pals said like to host dice games at her home —was registered as the legal buyer of the guns, law- enforcement sources told CNN.