Sandy Hook: State police publish thousands of files on massacre

Posted Dec 28, 2013 by Robert Myles
Connecticut State Police, Friday, released thousands of documents from their investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings which took place just over a year ago.
Shattered tempered glass pieces cover chairs and seats at Sandy Hook Elementary school after an atta...
Shattered tempered glass pieces cover chairs and seats at Sandy Hook Elementary school after an attack by gunman Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut in this police evidence photo released by the state's attorney's office November 25, 2013. 20 children and six adults were killed
Connecticut Department of Justice / Handout via Reuters
On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at in a mass murder at the killer’s former elementary school in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother Nancy at their home in Newtown. As first responders arrived, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The 7,000-page report released by Connecticut police yesterday contains previously unreleased information from those same first responders describing the horrors that confronted them when they first arrived on the scene, as well as diagrams, crime scene photos and 911 calls to state police.
The report does not contain photos of Lanza’s dead victims nor the killer himself. While the police report is detailed, aside from the images deemed too horrific for publication, Reuben Bradford, Connecticut’s emergency services commissioner, explained in a letter accompanying the release (PDF) of the Sandy Hook dossier that other redactions had been made from the detailed report.
The latest release of police papers on Sandy Hook goes far beyond the previously published 44 page summary on the school shootings published November last. Bradford said potentially offensive written descriptions have been excluded and that names and information which could be used to identify witnesses had also been omitted.
Reporting on the release of the police Sandy Hook dossier, the Danbury News-Times published a prominent warning, which is repeated here: “The Connecticut State Police Report from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. has been released. The report may contain disturbing content. Please be advised before reading the following.”
The report describes how killer Adam Lanza was wearing yellow ear plugs the day he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, presumably to muffle the sound of gunfire and/or the screams of his victims, speculates the State Police report. At that stage, his mother, Nancy, was already lying dead in the family home.
Then, in the space of just 11 minutes, Lanza went about his slaughter, killing 20 pupils in two classes at the elementary school, two teachers, two teaching assistants, the school psychologist and the school principal.
Many sections of the police report contain graphic descriptions of what took place at the now demolished Sandy Hook Elementary School during those 11 minutes of carnage in December last year.
As an indication of the sheer terror experienced by teachers and pupils at Sandy Hook when Lanza went on his killing spree, NBC News describes one incident revealed by the report in which a police officer, attempting to rescue a teacher and children hiding in a bathroom, had to convince them he was really there to help. When the officer identified himself as the police, the teacher responded, “You’re not the police, I don’t believe you” until a trooper began removing children from the room.
The full Connecticut police report on the Sandy Hook shootings can be accessed in the form of over 800 PDF files with accompanying media attachments at the Connecticut State Police’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website.
According to a spokesman for Connecticut State Police, yesterday’s release of detailed information on the Sandy Hook School shootings marks the end of the criminal investigation.