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Newtown 911 calls released to public

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The 911 calls from the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last December were released today. A Connecticut judge ruled last week that the 911 calls must be made public because there is a "clear public interest" in the recordings.

Below is a partial transcript of the calls:

  • One of the first calls received by 911 dispatchers was a woman who was panting and on the verge of tears.

"Sandy Hook School. I think there's somebody shooting in here, Sandy Hook School," she said.

The woman said she believed someone was shooting in the school "Because somebody saw a gun…I saw a glimpse of somebody. They're running down the hallway…They're still shooting. Sandy Hook School, please."

  • A female teacher told the dispatcher it sounded like there were gunshots in the hallway. She was in her classroom with all of her students.

"The door is not locked yet," she said. "I have to go lock the door."

"Keep everybody clam," the dispatcher instructed. "Keep everybody down. Get everybody away from the windows."

The teacher said her classroom was on the left after walking in the front entrance.

  • A man who identified himself as Rick and is believed to school custodian Rick Thorne is heard on the calls several times.

"Something's happening," he said. "Now it's silent."

At one point, the custodian said, "All doors are locked, kids are in classrooms."

"There's still shooting going on. Please," he said.

  • A woman called police to say she was shot in the foot.

The woman calmly told the dispatcher she was in room number one facing the playground. "My classroom door is not locked," she added.

"There are two other adults in the room with me," she said. "They're over on the other side of the bookshelf." She also said there were children in the room.

When asked if she was okay, the woman said, "For now, hopefully."


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