The horrific shooting that claimed the livesÂ of 20 New England schoolchildren and six adults took only several minutes,Â police radio calls reveal.
Terrified people inside of Sandy HookÂ Elementary School in the normally peaceful town of Newtown, Connecticut dialedÂ into authorities as early as 9:36am EST this morning.
Only two minutes later, a dispatcher saidÂ that the barrage of gunfire had stopped.
“I have reports that a teacher saw two shadowsÂ running past the gym…the front glass has been broken, they’re unsure why. CallerÂ thinks there’s someone shooting in the building,’ one dispatcherÂ said.
Then another dispatcher radioed in.
‘All units, the individual I have on theÂ phone said he is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire, according toÂ the New York Post, which obtained the audio.
One first responder radioed in: ‘JustÂ received a call. We have one female in room one who has received a gunshot woundÂ to the foot.’
While it would take hours for police toÂ positively identify the shooter, officers at the scene were quickly able toÂ determine that he was carrying multip0le weapons, including a gunshot which wasÂ left in his car.
The transmissions reveal the efforts of firstÂ responders to make sense of the situation inside the school in the first momentsÂ after the shooting. According to an earlier call, two ambulances were requestedÂ at the school.
A dispatcher placing a call sometime laterÂ asked for backup, saying that first responders would need ‘everything’ on theÂ scene.
According to a radio transmission obtained byÂ CNN, around that time first responders mobilized to organize a staging area inÂ the parking lot of the school.
At 9.38am EST, the dispatcher said that theÂ shooting seemed to have stopped. ‘There is silence at this time,’ a dispatcherÂ said. ‘The school is on lockdown.’
‘Units in the pool, I’ve got, uh, bodiesÂ here,’ one very shaken officer radioed in. Around that time, parents received anÂ automated text alert, telling them about the incident.
In the bloodbath, 28 people, includingÂ shooter Alex Lanza, were killed — among them 20 children and sixÂ adults.
The 20-year-old shooter, who was carrying atÂ least two handguns with him, committed suicide at the school.
The rampage, coming less than two weeksÂ before Christmas, was the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceededÂ only by the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead inÂ 2007.
Local authorities shed no light on the motiveÂ for the attack, though Lanza was believed to suffer from a personalityÂ disorder.