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911 tapes from Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown finally released

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Audio calls from last year's Newtown massacre have been released today, December 4, show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as gunshots could be heard at times in the background, according to ABC News.

The release of the recordings will be administered by the attorneys for the Town of Newtown at their offices in Danbury. Calls to the state police in Litchfield are not a part of this group of recordings. Sandy Hook massacre report New pics released from Newtown shooting.

Newtown's police department effectively ignored the AP's request for months until the news cooperative appealed to the state's Freedom of Information Commission, which said in September that the recordings should be released.

Operators are also heard asking about the welfare of the children inside the elementary school, according to the AP, which got advance copies after they won an appeal to get the tapes released. The 911 recordings are due to be released to other media this afternoon.

The massacre at Sandy Hook left 26 people dead, including 20 children, making it the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school the morning of Dec. 14 and killed 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. When his rampage ended some six minutes later, eight boys and 12 girls, all between the ages of 6 and 7 years old, were dead.

He also killed his mother in their Newtown home before driving to the school, and he committed suicide as police arrived at the scene.

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