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Transcript Of 911 Calls On Day Of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Dispatchers Urge Callers To Take Cover
The front entrance to Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre on Dec. 14, 2012. (Credit: Danbury State's Attorney)

The front entrance to Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre on Dec. 14, 2012. (Credit: Danbury State’s Attorney)

Tragedy In Newtown

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Below is an excerpt of some of the 911 calls made to Newtown Police on Dec. 14, 2012 — the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Transcript first appeared on Courant.com

We are not posting audio of the calls due to their sensitive nature.

Call #1, Unidentified woman  9:35:39 a.m.

911 Dispatcher: Newtown 911. What’s The Location Of Your Emergency?

Woman“Sandy Hook School. I think there’s somebody shooting in here in Sandy Hook School.”

Dispatcher“What makes you think that?”

Woman: “Somebody’s got a gun. I saw a glimpse of somebody running down the hallway. They’re still around me. There’s still shooting. Sandy Hook School please.”

Call #3: Rick Thorne, SHES Custodian 9:36:13 a.m

DispatcherNewtown 911. What’s The Location Of Your Emergency?

Thorne: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickinson Drive.

Dispatcher: OK, I’ve got that. What’s going on down there?

Thorne: There’s … I believe there’s shooting at the front – at the front glass. Something’s going on.

Dispatcher: OK, all right I got I want you to stay on the line with me. Where are you in the school?

Thorne: I’m down the corridor – I’m

Dispatcher: All right I want you to take cover. Jen – get the sergeant – all right get everybody you can going down there. All right. Let me – let me get some information here. What makes you think that.

Thorne: The front glass is all shot out, it kept, it kept going on.

Dispatcher: OK 

Thorne: It’s still happening!

Dispatcher: All right, what about the students in the front of the building?

Thorne: They’re… they’re everything’s locked up as far as I know, I’m not in the front.

Dispatcher: All right – you’re in lockdown?

Thorne: They’re in lockdown.

Dispatcher: Did you see anything out the window?

Thorne: No, it’s still going on! I can’t get over there.

Dispatcher: OK, I don’t want you to go over there. I want to know what’s happening with the students, though, along the front corridor – this is in the front parking lot?

Thorne: Yes. I’m not – I’m not in the front, I’m actually down the other part, but I’m close.

Dispatcher: OK. Do you see anything or hear anything more?

Thorne: I keep hearing shooting – I keep hearing popping.

Dispatcher: All right. Now who am I talking with right now?

Thorne: You’re talking with Rick.

Dispatcher: Pardon me? What’s your name?

Thorne: Rick Thorne.

Dispatcher: Rick Thorne? All right. Rick, what’s your position with the school?

Thorne: I’m – I’m acting head custodian.

Dispatcher: All right.

Other dispatcher: What’s the address of the school?

Thorne&Dispatcher: 12 Dickinson Drive.

Other dispatcher: OK

Thorne: Something’s happening.

Dispatcher: OK – (to dispatcher in background) Jen, hang up, I need you to get off that phone.

Dispatcher: All right, Rick? Rick?

Thorne: Yeah.

Dispatcher: All right, what are you hearing now?

Thorne: It’s – Now it’s silent.

Dispatcher: OK. All right. Now when you say the school is in lockdown…

Thorne: All doors are locked, kids are in classrooms.

Dispatcher: OK. So at this time you’re defending in place.

Thorne: Excuse me?

Dispatcher: OK. At this time, all the rooms are locked.

Thorne: Yes.

Dispatcher: K. Did you see anything out front before this started?

Thorne: No. And I was out all morning.

Dispatcher: Where are you in the …

Thorne: OK, the gym teacher told me they saw shadows going past the gym.

Dispatcher: Just now?

Thorne: Yes.

Dispatcher: All right. Now are they running on the outside or the inside?

Thorne: I would say that was the outside – There’s still shooting going on! Please!

(sounds of gunfire in background)

Dispatcher: All right – what about injuries at this time?

Thorne: Excuse me?

Dispatcher: What about injuries at this time?

Thorne: I don’t know of any injuries right now.

Dispatcher: OK

(inaudible background)

Dispatcher: Jen I need you to call the state police.

(sound of gunshot)

Thorne: There’s still – It’s still going on!

Call#4: Teacher calling from front hallway 9:37:06 a.m.

911 DispatcherNewtown 911. What’s The Address Of The Emergency?

Teacher: It’s 10 Dickinson Drive In Sandy Hook Newtown, CT

Dispatch: OK, What’s Going On At 10 Dickinson Drive?

Teacher: “It sounds like there are gunshots in the hallway. I’m a teacher in the school.”

Dispatcher: “OK Where…Are you in the school right now?”

Teacher: “I am in the school, I’m in a classroom.”

Dispatcher: “Do you have everyone in the classroom and the door locked?”

Teacher: “All of my students. The door is not locked yet I could go lock the door.”

Dispatcher: “Lock the door keep everyone down, keep everyone calm, get everyone away from the windows.”

Teacher: “Yes ok.”

Dispatcher: “Where are you in the school?”

Teacher:I am in the hallway when you walk in the front entrance if you take a left.”

Dispatcher: “Try to lock down the school, OK?”

Teacher: “We’re trying. OK”

Call #5 9:40:02 a.m.

This is state police I’ve got a victim..she’s been shot once in the foot. She’s in room No. 1. How close are you guys to arriving on scene?

Dispatcher: “Female party shot in the foot.”

State Police“Right by the playground. Room No. 1.

Dispatcher “Are you ok? Wheres room No. 1 in the school

Teacher: Facing the playground.

Dispatcher: Where Are You?

Teacher: Facing the playground.

Dispatcher: On the playground?

Teacher: Facing the playground

Dispatcher: Are you safe right now?”

Teacher:I think so. My classroom door is not locked.”

Dispatcher: “Is there anybody that can lock the classroom door…without…being safe. Is it safe to do so?

Teacher: No.

Dispatcher:Alright Just try to stay Where You Are, OK”

Teacher: “There are children in this room still.”

Dispatcher: OKTry to apply pressure okay? We Have People Coming, OK.

Teacher: Uh-Huh

Dispatcher: Alright. Is there any other teacher with you in there or just students?

Teacher: There’s two other adults in the room with me.

Dispatcher: OK, Alright. Are they right next to you? Where are they in the room?

Teacher: No they’re over on the other side of the bookshelf.

Dispatcher: OK. Are you OK right now?

Teacher: For now, hopefully.

Dispatcher: OK. Alright just try to keep pressure on it. We have people heading out there.

Teacher: OK.

Dispatcher: OK. Bye-bye.

Call #6: Rick Thorne, Custodian 9:40:20 a.m.

Dispatcher: OK, I have that, we have officers on scene.

Thorne: Thank you.

Dispatcher: What’s your name?

Thorne: Rick Thorne.

Dispatcher: OK

Thorne: I’m in the building

Dispatcher: All right, Rick, I gotcha, I’m on the other line. All right. We have officers there.

(background noise, dispatch noise – Newtown 911, what’s the location of your emergency, repeating)

Thorne: Are you talking to me?

Dispatcher: I am talking to you. Is this Rick?

Thorne: 12 Dickinson Drive, Sandy Hook.

Dispatcher: All right, Rick, is this you?

Thorne: Yes

Dispatcher: OK. We’re going back on the line together. Is that by – is that by PD?

Thorne: The firehouse. It’s by the firehouse.

Dispatcher: Yeah we got, we got, I’m sorry … (background noise, discussions with dispatchers) Well I’m not let – sending them in there yet. Where is she in the school? Don’t worry about where room 1 is. Where is she in the school? – Yes ma’am.  At this time it’s unknown to me. We believe there is a shooting going on at that school. It is in lockdown. I don’t have any other information but unfortunately I’m going to have to put you on hold for a moment because I have multiple calls going. All right?

Dispatcher. Rick?

Thorne: Yes

Dispatcher: OK. Stay on the phone with me.

Thorne: OK.

Dispatcher: 10-4, it’s dispatcher (?) – yes ma’am, I just spoke with Janet Robinson, I do believe there has been a shooting at the school, we’re in the middle of multiple calls. Yes ma’am.

Dispatcher: Hi, Rick, are you still with me?

Thorne: Yes.

Dispatcher: All right. What do you see now?

Thorne: I’m standing in the corridor, just watching the corridor.

Dispatcher: All right, you’re watching your corridor.

Thorne:  Yes.

Dispatcher: OK.