Newtown Investigation Report To Be Released Monday
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Connecticut officials say a summary of the investigation into the shooting that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be released Monday.
The office of the chief state’s attorney said Friday the report will not include the entire evidence file, which runs hundreds of pages.
The report was initially expected over the summer and the projected release date was pushed back several times. State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III has come under pressure from authorities including Gov. Dan Malloy to release more information as the anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre approaches.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, the gradual leak of information surrounding the shooting has caused a Newtown official to request the 911 recordings be released.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra made the call following recent reports raising questions about the police response at Sandy Hook last December.
“What I’m seeing with the drip, drip, drip of information is that it has created a chronic sense of anxiety because we don’t know what the next bit of information is that’s going to be released,” Llodra told Diamond. “For me, it’s the difference between an acute pain an a chronic pain. So I’m looking at the community from that balcony view and saying this is not good for us to be fearful that every day more harmful news is going to have to be blasted across the front page of the paper.”
Sources familiar with the 911 call said someone at headquarters ordered police to wait outside while gunfire could be heard in the background, Diamond reported.
Newtown police union president Scott Ruszczyk said the wait order was directed at unarmed ambulance personnel, not police.
The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He killed his mother at their Newtown home, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at the school, and killed himself as police arrived.
Last month, demolition crews began leveling Sandy Hook. The fate of the 57-year-old building was decided by a 28-member task force of elected officials following a series of public hearings.
The decision was made not only to demolish the school, but to pulverize the debris. Workers on the project were also required to sign confidentiality agreements.
Newtown is using a $50 million state grant to build a replacement structure on the property. The new school is expected to begin accepting students in about three years.
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