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Newtown 911 Dispatch Tapes Show Calm Response To Shooting

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***Note*** Although the 911 dispatch tapes of the Newtown School Shooting have been released, at this point, KHQ will not be releasing them out of respect for families of the victims and their wish to not have the tapes released.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.
    
The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also ask about the welfare of the children.
    
A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.
    
The calls to Newtown police were posted Wednesday on a town website. A court ordered the release of the tapes last week, despite the objections of prosecutors, after a legal challenge by The Associated Press.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Later today, officials in Connecticut will release to news organizations the 911 calls that were made from inside Sandy Hook Elementary School the day of the mass shooting that left 20 students and six educators dead.
    
The state prosecutor has dropped his fight to continue withholding the calls. He's been ordered to release them.
    
State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III had argued among other things that survivors of last December's Newtown shooting deserved special protection as victims of child abuse.

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