Rich Harwood in USA Today about Newtown 911 tapes

911 tapes of Sandy Hook massacre to be released today
By Gary Strauss
December 4, 2013

Newtown, Conn., is bracing for this afternoon's release of the 911 emergency calls made during the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Newtown Police are to release recordings of seven calls made to 911 dispatchers from inside the school on the morning of the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings, when Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six staffers with a semi-automatic assault rifle before shooting himself as police arrived. Earlier that day, Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, at their Newtown home.

What's on the calls will likely be painful for the genteel community still reeling from the massacre. A report released last week by the Connecticut State Attorney's Office chronicled Lanza's shooting spree and provided chilling details about his troubled, isolated life. But the 48-page report disclosed no motive for his actions or why the Sandy Hook school was targeted.

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