'Multiple fatalities' in Connecticut school shooting
Danbury mayor confirms deaths
- Duration 6:40
- Date Dec 14, 2012
Danbury mayor confirms deaths
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And -- mayor Mark Bowden who is on the phone with us right now from neighboring Danbury.
mayor what can you tell us about the situation about.
The potential injuries.
Well at this point our hospitals treating -- victims here in Danbury.
Adobe oppressor 1 o'clock that the -- will be able to attend to give more details terms of what happened.
Obviously our hearts and prayers go out to the folks the victims of the -- -- -- -- -- -- George -- -- typical -- everybody -- in every area.
Now all of our schools that you're apparently have police.
We're awareness and presence as -- all the regional schools in the area so.
Were -- working now hard at and Alfred all the assistance and it's.
-- mentioned three victims at the hospital what can you tell us about them are they teachers are they students.
I can't discuss who they are in the nature of injuries.
I will tell you though that.
Some of these trees around this year or are serious but there are other than that I can't -- What about the children do we know if the children in the school witnessed.
This incident -- could happen inside a classroom.
I don't know the details -- crime scene investigators along with state police are doing what they need to do which is pieced together.
-- the incident I'm sure it'll be much more detailed information 1 o'clock for everybody but obviously at various theories which we're all parent.
Ever hear real -- I'll ask you on our screen right now we have reports now multiple fatalities as from a local newspaper.
We've been able to confirm according to the local officials to the Associated Press that the gunman is dead.
You know of any other fatalities.
There are multiple fatalities in the government it -- -- debt that's correct.
The multiple fatalities again we can't identify.
That people -- -- at the courts and -- -- wanna be respectful of that and mr.
mayor we appreciate.
The information that you can provide to us -- can you take us back to what you do you know transpire this morning.
Perhaps give us -- -- of what happened early on.
Well obviously that he is the city -- place earlier this morning.
I'm I'm Wilson Newtown lieutenant Tom are there administrative team did a tremendous job that can't manage it very difficult situation there obviously very -- up right now.
And they're probably will be talking the leader of the steps they thought but.
Every every communities to -- -- in this area have an action plan as it relates to whether schools that are whether.
-- -- because of the event we -- all the time practice -- I think it's -- but all the side.
And that's why we -- actually but -- situation.
We're ready for so.
Andy did we see your response by the way I mean -- response looks overwhelming on the ground.
-- state and local -- have you heard of any motive.
Patent for the shooting.
All of that is still open to investigation but certainly something that I think -- -- we'll find out as the afternoon goes up.
And just getting back to the fatalities act act act at this time.
I'm what can you tell us about the fatalities.
Can you give us any information on whether or not into administration.
And the teachers children anything.
-- I'm so -- and so it akin to do.
And it's OK we understand is that they're you know our viewers anticipation with us on the last horizon you have as well.
Because it's been a very chaotic situation I want to play -- -- viewers is that often times in mr.
Cardenas is well.
These shootings as you know happened in high schools and when you have high schools -- students they're just they're texting or tweeting aren't based expert there's a lot of communication right away we have to remind our viewers that.
And these are little kids got kindergarten through fourth grade at this school salad that definitely faxing information -- can get some questions from the -- while.
Well I also know that they have.
You know part of the frustration here for parents is that police had to sweep the school had to sweep every single room love of a school and ensure that there were was no other danger.
Has that been completed at this point as far as you know.
There's still working on this week but that's it that's the correct protocol and that's was -- with each police department in the area there's maps made -- every school every closet of the building.
They know exactly where everything is Sunday ticket area.
Pragmatic approach and and and go with each home -- -- -- but it sure that -- -- -- you're -- right -- work and that right now that that the appropriate.
Procedures are court or some of the early reports suggested there might be multiple gunmen have you seen anything to verify that or we just talking about one shooter here who is dead.
I've heard that same report I don't have any information that would either confirm or you know or hurt dispel that report this -- that -- -- that very active investigation.
They believe they believe along what he found police department.
And obviously -- -- was arms providing any assistance necessary.
At this time mr.
rarely heard that -- some of the families are being told to go to local fire house.
I look at can you give us a status report have families for the most part -- had been reunited with some of it did their children Norris is still a process is ongoing right now.
-- it's my understanding that most of the there's children have been reunited with families they -- it gather my hackles up you know tell me that a tremendous job of managing the very typical situation.
Probably has you know plan in place an evacuation went placed it filed with the media work.
They were able to hold the students to protect the students while the sort kind of -- -- that catastrophic -- that was going out.
I have -- I'm pretty sure everybody's been reunited.
In terms of both children and -- -- and.
I'm getting some more breaking news intern newsroom from your local newspaper.
The Hartford current that says -- the shooting took place.
Inside -- kindergarten.
Can you confirm that for -- -- okay.
A -- -- what do you think's in point four -- you guys as we take a look at this community.
Again -- -- four out of school nearly 700 students have you ever had something like this happen before in the community.
He doesn't have very quiet peaceful area of the country -- -- -- we.
You know we have been but I I will say that there's a reason why we have all these are virtually national plans and they work.
And this is reason why we -- -- with kindergarten students about how to evacuate the building appropriately.
This is why so you know and with the right planning we we we -- -- look at it even the worst catastrophic situation there.
What we have here the parents they'll convert that -- -- you know -- -- -- -- every area to a plan.
The kids -- that the parents.
And and it pays off but you know about the situation.
-- most gracious with your time during very.
A difficult situation we so appreciate.
The information from -- and wish -- the best of luck throughout the day we'll of course stay close.
-- for any more information but thank you very lesser.