Friday, August 15, 2014

It's All In The Details



Police Personnel Involved with the Event:

Newtown 911 dispatcher Bob Nute
Newtown Dispatcher Jennifer Barocsi

Responding Newtown Police Officers
  1. Lt. Christopher Vanghele 4 (initial IC until CSP arrived)
  2. NPD Officer Jason Flynn D6
  3. NPD Officer Leonard Penna D5 (school resource officer at Newtown Middle School)
  4. Detective Jason Frank D2
  5. Officer William Chapman 98 (from the NPD station)
  6. Officer Michael McGowan 67 (from the NPD station)
  7. Sgt. Aaron Bahamonde S4
  8. Officer Scott Smith 92
  9. Detective Dan McAnaspie
  10. Detective Joe Joudy
  11. Officer Tom Bean
  12. Sgt. David Kullgren S6
  13. Capt. Joseph Rios
  14. Officer Liam Seabrook 95
  15. Chief Michael Kehoe 1
CSP Dispatcher Brennan
CSP Dispatcher LaPrade
CSP Dispatcher Nadeau
CSP Centralized Dispatch 911 Sgt. Roach

Responding Connecticut State Police Troopers
  1. TFC Carlo Guerra 420
  2. TFC Ken Cournoyer 1315
  3. TFC Patrick Dragon 705
  4. TFC McGeever 837
  5. TFC Kick 811
  6. TPR Katrenya 555
  7. TFC Cipriano 1383
  8. TFC Benecch: 1413
  9. TFC Blumenthal 690
  10. TFC Gregg 701
  11. TFC Poach 668
  12. Sgt. Deltorto 101
  13. Sgt. William Cario 149
  14. Sgt. Roden 174
  15. Lt. Michael Hofbauer 040
  16. Lt. (MSgt.) Michael Davis 098

Radio Call Log (times in 24-hour format – hour:minute:second)


Black       911 Operators
Blue         Newton PD Radios
Red         CT State Police
Green      EMS
Violet       Newtown Fire Department
SHES      Sandy Hook Elementary School
9:30:00    Front door is locked. Entry requires being buzzed in by the main office personnel.
9:30:00    Parent arrives for the gingerbread house event and has to be buzzed in.
9:34:00    The first gunshots are heard by gingerbread house parent (approx. 15 shots).
9:35:00    A parent arrives at school and notices nine children (from room #10) running down the sidewalk.
9:35:39    First 911 call to Newtown PD is received from school nurse’s office after shooter leaves office.
9:35:43    First 911 call to the CSP Centralized Dispatch comes in.
9:35:56    Newtown Police in station depart for scene.
9:36:06    Newtown Police Department dispatcher broadcasts that there is a shooting at SHES.
9:36:17    School Janitor Rick Thorne connects to 911 NPD.
9:36:38    Dispatch: “The front glass has been broken in front of the school. They’re unsure why.”
9:36:49    911 call from school reports that SHES is in lockdown.
9:37:27    “All units, the individual that I have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire.”
9:37:38    Connecticut State Police are dispatched to SHES for active shooter.
9:37:39    Sgt. Kullgren, Officer Chapman and Officer McGowan enroute to SHES in three-car convoy.
9:37:40    Sgt. Kullgren orders officers to drive up Crestwood – other cars are staging in driveway.
9:38:00    Teacher Deborah Pisani calls 911 CSP to report shooting and that she’s shot in the foot.
9:38:43    Parent in conference room #9 calls 911 CSP to report she’s with 5 other adults, one of them shot twice.
9:38:44    Same parent reports that shooter might be outside the door and that 100 shots were fired.
9:39:13    Sgt Kullgren and Officer Chapman arrive at SHES and park on the driveway near the ball field. All arriving NPD officers report hearing gunfire.
9:39:26    Sound of six gunshots on open line to Rick Thorne.
9:39:34    Officer McGowan encounters unknown male running along the east side of SHES with something in his hand, starting rumors of more than one shooter.
9:40:03    Last gunshot is heard on 911 CSP call (believed to be the final suicide shot in classroom 10).
9:40:03    Ambulances requested to stage at Methodist Church. “I will need two ambulances at this time.”
9:40:05    Officer Penna arrives, parks his cruiser on Dickinson Drive and runs to front of SHES.
9:40:15    Sgt Bahamonde arrives in the driveway of SHES.
9:40:46    Officer McGowan has man (father of 1st grader) in custody on east side near playground.
9:40:51    CSP Sgt Cario, McGeever, Kick, Katrenya, Cipriano, Benecchi, Blumenthal, Gregg, Poach & Zullo responding.
9:41:07    Information is relayed that location of last known gunshots is in the front of the building.
9:41:54    CSP dispatch requests all available units to SHES.
9:42:27    Officer Seabrook enters Dickinson Drive.
9:42:39    Officer Penna calls out the license plate of the shooter’s car as he runs past.
9:42:47    Lt Vanghele and Officer Seabrook arrive at SHES
9:42:47    Sgt Kullgren handcuffs parent Christopher Manfredonia in playground.
9:43:16    CSP Sgt Roden, Cournoyer, Dragon, Sgt Deltorto en route.
9:43:33    Officers Chapman and Smith complete a check of the perimeter (west and south side).
9:43:33    Chapman reports “That party in custody 4901 (code for unfounded)”
9:43:50    “We have one female in Room 1 with a gunshot wound to the foot; ambulance remain up a staging.”
9:44:09    A2 dispatched
9:44:13    A3 dispatched
9:44:47    Rick Thorne in the west hallway is still on the phone with Newtown 911 – hears entering officers.
9:44:47    Lt. Vanghele, Sgt. Bahamonde, and Officer Penna enter through boiler room.
9:44:50    Sgt Kullgren, Officers Seabrook and McGowan enter a south east door and move to west hallway.
9:45:00    Bodies of two victims found in front hallway – officer radios for assistance.
9:45:10    Lt Vanghele, Sgt Bahamonde, and Officer Penna, verbally engage with Rick Thorne in hall.
9:45:17    Officers Chapman and Smith complete perimeter search and stand by front door.
9:45:20    Lt. Vanghele tells a female student to get back into classroom 8.
9:45:51    Sgt. Bahamonde: “OK, I need units in the front of the school. I’ve got bodies here. Let’s uh get ambulances.”
9:46:06    “Roger, safe to send EMS in?”
9:46:14    “We’ve got an injured person in room number 9 with numerous gunshot wounds.”
9:46:23    CSP Lt. Hofbauer, Lt Davis and Sgt Cario arrive at SHES.
9:46:44    “Alright to send in EMS?”
9:46:48    CSP Sgt. Cario and Lt. Davis enter through broken window.
9:46:49    “Stage them at the driveway, between the firehouse and the school, please.”
9:46:52    CSP Lt. Hofbauer enters through window.
9:46:57    Dispatch: “A2, A3 and the medic, stage at the rear parking lot, Sandy Hook fire house”
9:47:00    CSP set up perimeter around school and soon begin evacuating children.
9:47:02    “S4, the building is not secure, so we can’t have anybody, uh, ambulances coming in.”
9:49:00    A2 is at staging area
9:49:16    Sgt Bahamonde, CSP Kick & CSP Sgt. Cario run to playscape area on report of possible suspect.
9:49:22    A3 is at staging area
9:49:58    CSP Sgt. Cario, Officer Smith, Officer Chapman, and CSP Lt Davis enter conference room #9.
9:50:28    CSP Det Dragon arrives on scene, runs to the front entrance with medical kit.
9:50:29    Newtown Police Detectives McAnaspie and Joudy arrive on scene.
9:51:31    CSP Lt. Davis, CSP Sgt. Cario, Officers Chapman and Smith enter room #10: “We’ve got one suspect down.” – Officer Smith finds two students hiding in the bathroom of room #10.
9:51:31    Officer Penna enters room #8 and finds one student, tells her to stay while he clears the hallway.
9:52:42    CSP Katrenya: “Newtown‘s reporting one suspect down, the building has not been cleared.”
9:53:00    CSP Sergeant Cario begins EMS treatment & triage.
9:55:07    Paramedics 5D2 & 5D5 on scene
9:55:28    Officer Penna: “be advised we have multiple weapons including one rifle and shotgun.”
9:56:16    Officer Chapman carries injured student from room #10 across parking lot toward FH.
9:57:08    CSP Lt. Davis requests EMS to stage at the scene – injured being evacuated.           Officer Penna hands off uninjured girl from room #8 to CSP McGeever in the front lobby.
9:57:40    CSP McGeever runs with girl across the parking lot toward the Sandy Hook firehouse.
9:57:43    “A2 is proceeding to the scene on the request of police department.”
9:58:35    Officer Smith carries two students to the parking lot, puts them down and runs with them to firehouse.
9:59:48    CSP Kick drives gunshot victim from room #9 in his cruiser to the fire station.
10:00:45   Teachers and student run across parking lot with CSP Keane to the firehouse.
10:02:10   Lt Vanghele and CSP Sgt. Cario drive “John Doe” to Fire House – ambulance staging.
10:02:13   “Newtown, this is A3: we just had a patient brought to us by a police car.”
10:03:29   Children evacuated to firehouse.
10:03:40   I got a paramedic coming…(Cario leads three tactical paramedics into SHES)
10:05:47   More children evacuated to firehouse.
10:05:50   Officers Smith and Seabrook check the roof of SHES.
10:06:08   Children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:06:46   Adults from conference room #9 escorted to firehouse.
10:07:01   “Paramedics over to the fenceline to the left of the school as you come in, for an injured party coming out.”
10:07:13   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:08:19   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:08:27   “A2 is transporting one patient ["Jane Doe from room #10] to Danbury Hospital.”
10:08:35   Teacher Nancy Hammond is in “Front of vehicle, not secured.”
10:08:37   CSP Keane requests that the entrance to the parking lot of the school be closed off by the SHFD.
10:08:52   Sandy Hook Fire Department arrives and stages in the northeast portion of the SHES parking lot.
10:09:11   [Newtown] Sergeant Kullgren will be commanding officer.
10:09:15   401 [Chief Bill Halstead] will have command for fire.
10:09:29   More children evacuated to firehouse.
10:10:05   CSP O’Donnell: “we have uh multiple in the double digits of death here…so it’s not good…we have…we’re still clearing rooms…we have one suspect… one suspect down…deceased…but we think there is a second shooter we’re not sure… there’s multiple casings and magazine clips and weapons all around the building here.”
10:10:29   “We have a command post set up at the rescue truck.”
10:10:31   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:10:36   Roof is cleared.
10:11:00   I got multiple ambulance personnel coming in, can we create that staging area within the School parking area?
10:12:00   Negative Newtown, any ambulances coming in will have to stage at Sandy Hook firehouse and we’ll call em up.
10:14:44   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:15:20   CSP O’Donneell calls to report clearing of rooms #23 and #24.
10:15:48   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:16:40   “Attention EMS units going by the garage: please pick up the MCI kit.”
10:16:51   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:17:02   “405 to 410, what’s the status of your patient?”
10:17:07   “Gunshot wound to the left foot, need transport, but she’s conscious and alert.”
10:17:26   CSP O’Donnell calls to report searching back of building.
10:17:26   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:18:05   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:19:35   Members of Statewide Narcotics Task Force Northwest Office arrive on scene.
10:21:08   CSP Lt. Davis “…just be advised we may have two shooters”
10:21:08   “A2 is off at Danbury.”
10:21:51   401: “I want you to set up a triage area there at the firehouse.”
10:22:44   CSP Deskman Loomis: “All cars responding to the scene… it’s still active”
10:23:21   “We need to get MCI kits to school parking lot – we’re setting up triage.”
10:24:05   “I want you to set up the quad, to transport and stage it at Sandy Hook school parking lot.”
10:24:58   Newtown Lt Vanghele escorting Kaitlin Roig’s class (room #12) from the northeast corner of SHES.
10:26:19   “A2 returning from hospital – do you need us on scene?”
10:26:22   CSP Sgt Covello: “All Western District Major Crime personnel to go to the scene”
10:26:55   New Haven FBI en route to the scene.
10:29:05   Fire Department establishes a perimeter of cones to keep bystanders back.
10:29:17   CSP Sgt O’Donnell calls CSP to inform that first search complete and second search beginning.
10:29:43   “I can’t get the quad up here – the road’s blocked too much.”
10:30:13   CSP Emergency Services Unit (ESU) arrives at the SHES.
10:31:33   CSP Sgt O’Donnell calls dispatch to inform that he’s removed 18 students and teachers from library closet. Dispatcher advises O’Donnell that there’s still students and a teacher in the kitchen closet.
10:32:59   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:33:03   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:33:24   More children evacuated from NE corner of school.
10:34:23   “Be advised, you have incoming 3 AMR, 2 Champion, 1 Southbury and 2 medics.”
10:35:13   405 to EMS Command: “I want your medics; bring automatic defibs to the Sandy Hook school.”
10:36:00   Newtown and all responders on scene, the scene is not active”
10:36:05   “This is 702 – I have EMS command.”
10:37:46   “All incoming ambulances go with traffic – hold all others.”
10:38:21   “Right now we have six rigs…seven rigs at the firehouse.”
10:50:00   Newtown Police Chief Kehoe announces command post at firehouse.
10:50:17   Officer McGowan forms a team to respond to Lanza residence.
10:52:03   A3, at this time you can go back to the station and standby.
10:52:15   Sgt. Kullgren requests a floor plan of SHES for a complete search.
10:58:19   Sgt. Kullgren requests Monroe K9 team and Officer Figol’s K9 to report for additional searches.
11:01:58   Officer McGowan and team are at Yogananda Street evacuating neighboring homes.
11:03:32   Officer Greco reports he has a description of the shooter from children at PD.
11:09:28   “I have ambulance on the road on Riverside – do you have a patient for them?”
11:09:36   “Affirmative, they need to bring a gurney into the triage area.”
11:15:25   “We’re sending someone down there with the quad, we’ll get ‘em/him through.”
11:16:47   Officer McGowan announces perimeter is set up at Lanza home and surrounding homes evacuated.
11:17:18   “Loading right now – gonna be transporting momentarily.” - Derby 4K9 to Bridgeport Hospital
11:25:27   Chief Kehoe has School Superintendant act as liason to parents at CP.
11:30:23   CSP SWAT, K9s and others are doing fourth full sweep of school.
11:31:42   State Attorney arrives at PD.
11:40:00   Western District Major Crime (WDMC) van stages at firehouse
11:40:04   “The superintendent of schools on scene at firehouse, she’s set up in an office in the building.”
11:40:39   Second Command Post is set up at Fairfield Hills EOC.
11:43:48   Emergency Service Unit (ESU) is en route to Yogananda Street.
11:45:36   Public Information Officer (PIO) is set up at Treadwell Park to the east of SHES.
11:46:14   Officer Penna: “There are no video cameras that record. The only camera they have is to let people in with the call button, which does not record.”
11:46:14   WDMC van stages at school and team does walk-through (14:12 – 14:26)
20:35:00   bodies of victims removed

Victim Removal & Command Log

(abridged event log showing extrication during active clearing of scene)

[with my explanatory commentary in brackets]


9:38:00  Deborah Pisani calls 911 (CSP dispatch) to report shooting and that she’s shot in the foot, with 2 adults.
9:40:03  Amblances requested to stage at Methodist Church. “I will need two ambulances at this time.”
9:43:50  “We have one female (Pisani) in Room #1 with a gunshot wound to the foot; ambulance remain up a staging.”
9:44:09  A2 dispatched
9:44:13  A3 dispatched
9:46:13  A2 is staging.
9:46:14  “We’ve got an injured person (Hammond) in room #9 with numerous gunshot wounds.”
9:46:57  Dispatch: “A2, A3 and the medic, stage at the rear parking lot, Sandy Hook fire house”
9:49:00  A2 is at staging
9:49:22  A3 is at staging
[EMS personnel are kept out of "hot zone" as per standard protocol.]
9:51:31  Officer Penna enters room #8 and finds a child, tells the student to stay in the room while he goes to room #10 to make sure the hallway is secure.
[Civilians kept behind doors until shooter is neutralized]
9:51:31  The Active shooter formation of CSP Lt Davis, CSP Sgt Cario, Officer Chapman, and Officer Smith enters room #10. Officer Smith: “We’ve got one suspect down.”
[Unkown whether there is more than one shooter.]
9:53:00  CSP Sergeant Cario begins EMS treatment & triage – rooms #9, #8, #10.
9:56:16  Officer Chapman carries injured student (“Jane Doe”) from room #10 across parking lot.
9:57:08  CSP Lt. Davis requests EMS to stage at the scene – injured being evacuated.
9:57:40  Officer Penna hands off (uninjured from room #8) girl to CSP McGeever in the front lobby, who runs with girl across the parking lot toward the Sandy Hook firehouse.
9:57:43  “A2 is proceeding to the scene on the request of police department.”
9:58:35  Officer Smith carries two students (from room #10) to the parking lot, puts them down and runs with them to firehouse.
9:59:48  CSP Kick drives (Hammond) from room #9 in his cruiser to the fire station staging & triage area.
10:02:10  Lt Vanghele and CSP Sgt. Cario drive student “John Doe” to Fire House – ambulance staging.
10:02:13  “Newtown, this is A3: we just had a patient (Hammond) brought to us by a police car.”
[Police perform all evacuations, of both injured and uninjured, while they are still clearing the scene.]
10:03:40  “I got a paramedic coming…” (Cario leads three medics into SHES for patient assessment)
10:07:01  “Paramedics over to the fenceline to the left of the school as you come in, for an injured party (Pisani) coming out.”
10:08:27  “A2 is transporting one patient (“Jane Doe”) to Danbury Hospital.”
10:08:35  [Hammond is in] “Front of vehicle, not secured.”
[Injured survivors are brought to ambulances and transported to hospitals.]
10:08:37  CSP Keane requests that the entrance to the parking lot of the school be closed off by the FD – “we don’t need any more people in here we’re just trying to set up a safe perimeter and remove all the students”.
[Congestion on school drive was less problematic than civilian vehicles getting through.]
10:08:52  Sandy Hook Fire Department arrives and stages in the northeast parking lot for EMS triage.
10:09:11  [Newtown] Sergeant Kullgren will be commanding officer.
10:09:15  “401 [Fire Chief] will have command for fire.”
[Formal Integrated Incident Command gets established.]
10:10:05  CSP O’Donnell (by telephone): “we have uh multiple in the double digits of death here… we’re still clearing rooms… we have one suspect down…deceased… but we think there is a second shooter
[Question of additional shooters persists.]
10:10:29  “We have a command post set up at the rescue truck.”
10:11:00  “I got multiple ambulance personnel coming in, can we create that staging area within the School parking area?”
10:12:00  “Negative Newtown, any ambulances coming in will have to stage at Sandy Hook firehouse and we’ll call em up.”
[Scene is still "hot" and EMS personnel and apparatus are still kept at secondary triage area.]
10:16:40  “Attention EMS units going by the garage: please pick up the MCI kit.”
[Mass Casualty Incident tarps and tags are brought in with the expectation of additional live victims who never appear.]
10:21:08  “A2 is off at Danbury (with “Jane Doe”).”
10:35:13  405 to EMS Command: “I want your medics; bring automatic [Defibs] to the Sandy Hook school.”
[Heart monitors are used to establish death after initial triage assessments.]
10:36:00 Newtown and all responders on scene, the scene is not active”
[It took an hour from first gunshots to finally clear the scene of threats.]
10:36:05  “This is 702 – I have EMS command.”
10:38:21  “Right now we have six rigs…seven rigs at the firehouse.”
10:50:00  Newtown Police Chief Kehoe announces command post at firehouse.
[Additional Incident Command elements are established after all threats eliminated.]
11:17:18  “Loading right now – gonna be transporting (Pasani) momentarily.” – Derby 4K9 to Bridgeport Hospital
[Final patient (green tag) is transported to hospital.]
11:30:23 CSP SWAT, K9s and others are doing fourth full sweep of school.
[Even after "all clear" is announced, law enforcement continues to make sure nothing has been missed.]
11:36:00  Dr. Robert Solstice, attending ER physician at Danbury Hospital confirmed that the two children were DOA.
[Even rapid extrication and treatment was insufficient to overcome grave injuries.]
11:40:39  Second Command Post is set up at Fairfield Hills EOC.
[Investigation phase commences.]
20:35:00  bodies of victims removed
[All victims cleared from scene on first day for identification and autopsy.]

Active Ambulances

A2: Paramedic Robert Valletri, Marty Folan, John Burke, Catherine Dahlmeyer (omitted from log) – transported “Jane Doe” to Danbury Hospital
A3: Paramedic Daniel Bradley, Kenneth Lerman, and Laurie Veillette – transported Natalie Hammond and “John Doe” to Danbury Hospital
Derby 4K9: Brian Mezzapelle & Jennifer Oliwa – transported Deborah Pisani to Bridgeport Hospital
AMR A325: Mark Hughson & Jose Diaz – dispatched to Lanza house on Yogananda Street for DOA, no transport

Crime scene processing

Day 1      15:46 – 01:00     Crime scene processing and removal of victims, ballistic evidence, and shooter’s body
Day 2      10:00 – 22:00     Evidence collection & documentation, trajectory documentation, personal effects documentation, drying of victims’ clothing in tent. After identification and processing, all victims’ bodies were transported to the OCME in Farmington CT, shooter’s body was transported to OCME after all firearm & ballistic evidence was processed
Day 3      12:00 – 00:45     Systematic search of rooms #8 & #10, blood spatter documentation
Day 4      10:00 – 00:20     Trajectory & blood spatter documentation, processing of victims’ clothing
Day 5      10:00 – 19:45     Complete processing of victims’ clothing, identifying & organizing personal effects from classrooms
Day 6      10:00 – 21:00     Documenting EVAC plans, locate and document intercom system
Day 7      10:00 – 21:30     Final documentation, complete organizing personal effects, video & photographs, transport evidence to WDMC evidence room

*attributed to Robert Riversong*

4 comments:

  1. This is great information!! So helpful!! Thanks to whomever put this together.

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  2. very nice work - notice that the transcript omits the police transmission at 9:49 "shots fired 3minutes ago all quiet at the time" They also omit the BOLO on the purple van with mask suspects and a nun outfit

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  3. "9:49:16 Sgt Bahamonde, CSP Kick & CSP Sgt. Cario run to playscape area on report of possible suspect." This has got to be wrong; Cario said he ran to playscape at approx 9:47 a.m.

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  4. Please keep in mind Robert Riversong is known to "adjust" the timeline away from reality and towards his own pet theories.

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