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Video: Newtown Shooting Records Provide Details From Inside School

December 30, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Newtown Shooting Records Provide Details From Inside School

State police investigative documents on the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting describe the painful reactions of officers entering the classrooms and the horrific conditions they found inside, reports the Hartford Courant.

But the more than 6,500 pages don't provide any insight into the nagging question of why the 20-year-old increasingly isolated video gamer carried out the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

The long-awaited report is heavily redacted with many witness statements completely blacked out and other documents, such as two interviews done with Adam Lanza's brother, Ryan, not among those released. Thousands of photographs were made public, many blacked out and none from the horrific crime scenes inside the two classrooms or the hallways of the now-demolished school.

Photo of one of the Sandy Hook classrooms where children were killed courtesy of Connecticut State Police.
Photo of one of the Sandy Hook classrooms where children were killed courtesy of Connecticut State Police.

The report includes statements from all of the Newtown and state police officers who encountered the carnage as they entered the school. In two cases, officers carried children, who were still alive, out of the school. In one case, Officer William Chapman whispered "hang in there, sweetie." Both children died at Danbury Hospital.

View some of the released images in the Sandy Hook School Shooting Crime Scene photo gallery.

Comments (6)

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Rosario Medina @ 12/30/2013 7:01 PM

In my opinion, one good guy with a weapon , may have been able to take that shooter down , and many of the children could have survived ! But no, the stupidity remains ! It seems the parents of the children from the other schools throughout the state of Connecticutt , and other states , continue to place their children at stake , and who's to say this won't happen again ? Think ,Colorado !!!!!!!

David Layman @ 12/31/2013 4:02 AM

I have seen MANY news releases regarding the release of information from the Newtown shooting as well as others. The press always wants to harp on Why statements and photos are not released or Why they are blacked out. My question is WHY would ANYONE want to see those horrific photos? Any WHY would ANYONE want to read the statements of other students, teachers and officers that were involved. Having been involved in incidents myself I can tell you that when the incident is over there are a whole lot of things that I want to just forget. Sure if there is to be a trial we have to remember and rehash over and over again. But if the shooter is dead and no trial is pending, Why make all of those persons involved relive the situation over and over again? Everytime something happens that even remotely involves school shootings, every school shooting that has taken place is rehashed on the news. What if it were your child that was killed? Would you want to see it on the news again?

Trestles @ 12/31/2013 6:17 AM

I often wonder why I am drawn to the details of some of these tragedies, but the truth of the matter, is that as an everyday person, forearmed is forewarned. It is hard to grasp why these deeds are done, part of it is trying to understand why and what could have been done, so that if the situation would arise around me then I would maybe be able to prevent something like this occurring. Ignorance is not an excuse when it comes to protecting yourself and those around you. However, in this particular case, I will not be watching the video, it was the hardest day of my life, taking my six year old son to school the first day after this happened, especially after I already lost a neighbor after the Virginia Tech shooting.

S.S. @ 12/31/2013 7:27 AM

I gotta go with David on this one. I've been an officer for 19 years, and there's images that i wish to God that I could just erase from my head. I've got children and if my children were to be involved in something like this, God Forbid ,the last thing I would want is for some person to be able to view their bodies for their own amusement. It's just not right. Trust me that is something you do not want to see.

mb @ 1/1/2014 3:34 PM

Well said, David.

Curious about this shooti @ 3/1/2014 5:16 PM

One simple question actually two why was the so called assault rifle found in the car and WHY WERE NO FIRST RESPONDER AMBULANCES AT THAT SCHOOL regardless of order that is SOP in any shooter situation?

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