Transcript Of 911 Calls On Day Of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
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
Dispatcher: Newtown 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.
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?
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.
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?
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: 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 Dispatcher: Newtown 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? Where’s 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?”
Dispatcher: “Alright Just try to stay Where You Are, OK”
Teacher: “There are children in this room still.”
Dispatcher: OK. Try to apply pressure okay? We Have People Coming, OK.
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.
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.
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?
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: OK. Stay on the phone with me.
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?
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.