By Jueseppi B.
The purpose of this report is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on the morning of December 14, 2012, to determine what crimes were committed, and to indicate if there will be any state prosecutions as a result of the incident.
The Connecticut State Police have the responsibility to prevent and detect violations of the law and this State’s Attorney has worked with and relied upon the Connecticut State Police since the incident occurred. Since December 14, 2012, the Connecticut State Police and the State’s Attorney’s Office have worked with the federal authorities sharing responsibilities for various aspects of this investigation.
An abundance of caution was used during the investigation to ensure that all leads were looked into, despite the fact that more than 40 such “leads” proved, after investigation, to be unsubstantiated. Information that was substantiated and relevant was made part of the investigation.
It is not the intent of this report to convey every piece of information contained in the voluminous investigation materials developed by the Connecticut State Police and other law enforcement agencies, but to provide information relevant to the purposes of this report.
While no report is statutorily required of the State’s Attorney once an investigation is complete, it has been the practice of State’s Attorneys to issue reports on criminal investigations where there is no arrest and prosecution if the State’s Attorney determines that some type of public statement is necessary. Given the gravity of the crimes committed on December 14, 2012, a report is in order.
SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – INCIDENT AND RESPONSE
On the morning of December 14, 2012, the shooter, age 20, heavily armed, went to Sandy HookElementary School (SHES) in Newtown, where he shot his way into the locked school building with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle. He then shot and killed the principal and school psychologist as they were in the north hallway of the school responding to the noise of the shooter coming into the school. The shooter also shot and injured two other staff members who were also in the hallway.
The shooter then went into the main office, apparently did not see the staff who were hiding there, and returned to the hallway.
After leaving the main office, the shooter then went down the same hallway in which he had just killed two people and entered first grade classrooms 8 and 10, the order in which is unknown.While in those rooms he killed the two adults in each room, fifteen children in classroom 8 andfive in classroom 10. All of the killings were done with the Bushmaster rifle.
He then took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol in classroom 10.
Prior to going to the school, the shooter used a .22 caliber Savage Mark II rifle to shoot and killhis mother in her bed at the home where they lived at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown.
The response to these crimes began unfolding at 9:35:39 a.m. when the first 911 call was received by the Newtown Police Department. With the receipt of that call, the dispatching andthe arrival of the police, the law enforcement response to the shootings began. It was fewer thanfour minutes from the time the first 911 call was received until the first police officer arrived atthe school. It was fewer than five minutes from the first 911 call, and one minute after the arrivalof the first officer, that the shooter killed himself. It was fewer than six minutes from the time thefirst police officer arrived on SHES property to the time the first police officer entered the school building. In fewer than 11 minutes twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives.
The following weapons were recovered in the course of this investigation: (1) a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle, found in the same classroom as the shooter’s body. Allof the 5.56 mm shell casings from the school that were tested were found to have been fired fromthis rifle. (2) a Glock 20, 10 mm semi-automatic pistol found near the shooter’s body anddetermined to have been the source of the self-inflicted gunshot wound by which he took his ownlife. (3) a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol found on the shooter’s person. There is noevidence this weapon had been fired. (4) a Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgunfound in the shooter’s car in the parking lot outside the school, and which was secured in thevehicle’s trunk by police responding to the scene. There is no evidence this weapon had beenfired. (5) a Savage Mark II rifle found at 36 Yogananda Street on the floor of the master bedroom near the bed where the body of the shooter’s mother was found. This rifle also was found to have fired the four bullets recovered during the autopsy of the shooter’s mother.
All of the firearms were legally purchased by the shooter’s mother. Additionally, ammunition ofthe types found had been purchased by the mother in the past, and there is no evidence that theammunition was purchased by anyone else, including the shooter.
At the date of this writing, there is no evidence to suggest that anyone other than the shooter was aware of or involved in the planning and execution of the crimes that were committed on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street. From the timean unknown male was encountered by the Newtown police outside of the school during the initial response, until well after the staff and children had been evacuated, the thought that there may have been more than one shooter was a condition all responding law enforcement worked under as they cleared the school.
It is the conclusion of this State’s Attorney that the shooter acted alone and was solely criminally responsible for his actions of that day. Moreover, none of the evidence developed to datedemonstrates probable cause to believe that any other person conspired with the shooter to commit these crimes or aided and abetted him in doing so.
The Remainder The States Attorney’s Report Can Be Read Here In It’s Entirety.
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