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Newtown massacre recordings reveal calm, anguish and gunshots

Published on Dec 5, 2013 5:57 AM
Discs of 911 recordings for journalists in Danbury, Connecticut, Dec 4, 2013. Nearly half an hour of recordings from the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec 14 were ordered released by the state Freedom of Information Commission. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DANBURY, Connecticut (REUTERS) - A teacher calmly explains she has been shot in the foot. Another woman, sounding anguished, pleads for help. A custodian relays information from officers at the scene to a police operator.

There is also the booming echo of gunshots.

Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, on Wednesday released audio recordings of emergency 911 phone calls from the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six educators almost a year ago, revealing raw emotion in the voice of the callers.

The audio files may be the final pieces of evidence released about the tragedy that rocked the United States on Dec 14, 2012, when gunman Adam Lanza, 20, shot dead his mother at home and then went to Sandy Hook Elementary school, where he massacred 26 people before killing himself.

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