Newtown police release portions of Sandy Hook 911 calls

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NEWTOWN, CT – The Newtown Police Department released portions of the 911 calls received last Dec. 14, the day Adam Lanza made his way to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children and six adults.

The first call came in at 9:30 that morning.

DISPATCHER : Newtown 9-1-1 what’s the location of your emergency?

FEMALE CALLER: Sandy Hook school I think there’s somebody shooting in here. In Sandy Hook School.

DISPATCHER: Okay what makes you think that?

FEMALE CALLER: Because somebody has a gun I saw a glimpse of somebody running down the hallway.

Rick Storm was the acting head custodian that day.


RICK STORM: It’s still happening!

An unidentified teacher called amid the chaos. She’d been shot.

DISPATCHER: Newtown 9-1-1 what’s the address of the emergency?

CT STATE POLICE: This is the state police I’ve got a victim, a victim of the shooter here.

WOMAN CALLER: Sandy Hook elementary school.


CT STATE POLICE: She’s been shot once in the foot.

DISPATCHER: She’s been shot once in the foot?

WOMAN CALLER: My foot is bleeding.

CT STATE POLICE: Near the playground, she’s in room number 1.

Acting head custodian Rick Storm was in the hallway, on the phone with the dispatcher, when police entered the school.

RICK STORM: Custodian!


Tell him you are on the phone with me

RICK STORM: I’m on the phone with dispatch!

POLICE OFFICERS IN THE SCHOOL: Victims in the building

RICK STORM (to dispatcher): Victims in the building!


RICK STORM (to police officers): How many?!


RICK STORM (to dispatcher): 2 down.

Eleven minutes later, Lanza shot and killed himself.

And now, nearly one year later, we know the who, what, when, where, and how of the shootings, but we still don’t know the answer to the big question: why.