Police calls from Sandy Hook school made public
A teacher calmly explains she has been shot in the foot. Another woman, sounding anguished, pleads for help. A custodian relays information from officers at the scene to a police operator.
There is also the booming echo of gunshots.
Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, on Wednesday released audio recordings of emergency 911 phone calls from the Dec 14, 2012, Connecticut school shooting.
The audio files may be the final pieces of evidence released about the tragedy that rocked the United States a year ago.
Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, shot dead his mother at home and then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he massacred 26 people — 20 children and six educators — before killing himself as police arrived.
“They’re still running, they’re still shooting,” pleaded one woman, sounding increasingly distraught over the course of the 24-second call. In the final seconds, she grows more insistent, pleading with the 911 operator for help.
“Sandy Hook school, please!” she said.
With a volley of several gunshots audible in the background, she moans.
Town officials initially tried to prevent the release of the recordings. Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission ordered calls placed from inside the elementary school to be aired.
Late last month, a judge ruled the town must comply with the commission’s order, and Newtown officials have since dropped their appeal. First Selectman Patricia Llodra recently reversed her long-standing position, saying the tapes should be released in full in order to prevent partial leaks.
Seven files were released, two of which were identical.
On one, a woman who described herself as a teacher said she was shot in the foot. The 911 operator instructed her to apply pressure to the wound.
“There’s children in this room,” the teacher said, sighing heavily.
“Are you OK right now?” the 911 operator asks.
“For now, hopefully,” the teacher said.