Newtown 911 Calls Show Calm Response to Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- UPDATE 11:40 AM Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.

The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also ask about the welfare of the children.

A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.

The calls to Newtown police were posted Wednesday on a town website. A court ordered the release of the tapes last week, despite the objections of prosecutors, after a legal challenge by The Associated Press.


-- Recordings of 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting are being released.

A state prosecutor dropped his fight to continue withholding the tapes this week after an order to provide them to The Associated Press, which has sought the recordings in part to examine the police response to the Dec. 14th massacre.

For nearly a year, the AP has been asking for an opportunity to review the tapes, which will be released Wednesday to the news cooperative along with other media organizations. The AP will review the tapes' content and determine what might meet its standards before releasing material to subscribers.

A total of seven landline calls from inside the school to Newtown police are expected to be released.

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