How will officials investigate Sandy Hook crime scene?
What evidence are police collecting?
- Duration 5:26
- Date Dec 17, 2012
What evidence are police collecting?
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-- back relax for now awaiting a police update on the Connecticut school massacre officials told us earlier today they believe they have months.
I work ahead of them in this investigation as they try and figure out.
What led Adam lands -- -- go on this deadly Rampage.
Right now they're gathering evidence from two separate crime scenes including plans as home as well as a school.
Which will remain closed indefinitely.
We are holding both crime scenes the school.
And a secondary crime scene indefinitely.
-- sees it on the search warrants and we're going to hold those locations.
Until we've completed our work and we feel it was appropriate to let them go chose not to read anything into that it is common practice.
Do that to hold on to the crime scene as long as it's needed for investigatory purposes.
-- that have Rodney and CEO -- risk consultants and a former NYPD detective investigated many.
On many crime scenes at pat in your career I was startled news that we just got -- of one of our producers outside of sandy hook elementary school.
Has seen -- moving and -- up to this school now in their removing it looks like Jackson cheers.
At this time why would they they'd be doing that now.
-- as part of an active and very complex crime scene.
They may very will be moving those chairs and desks that was struck by bullet fragments to a part of the crime scene for analysis -- an outside lab.
Why would you do that why would you remove it to an outside lab and not look at it.
In a crime scene as -- -- Well because they examined it forensically at the -- to maintain the the custody and control of the evidence would have to be the forensic standalone player.
In other words they would look at the entire together at the crime scene.
But for forensic purposes in terms of a developing and scientifically.
It will be done externally to third party list.
Some thinking and this school today.
It is out and -- elementary school no one's there -- victims are there you're walking into this scene pat.
Where do you even begin as an investigator.
This obviously is a horror amongst -- we know that that's well established was also an inordinately complex crime scene with many many moving parts at a certain -- factors that are beyond reproach.
We know that how many shots were fired -- -- victims that were.
But everything else is open to interpretation and methodical analysis he's left hundreds of bullets each one has a story to tell.
They want to examine those bullets going back from them berth on the -- table to the -- -- fourteenth at 9:30 AM critical.
-- -- return to that point in his second because we just got this video and and you can see and the screen here these are huge in moving vans.
As you mentioned -- our viewers you think that some of these deaths and add -- potentially furniture coming at a classroom might contain bullets and that's what they're going to look at.
Go back to the critical story though of what each bullet can tell us.
How how again with so much material that would that we believe is there and how officials have alluded to -- How do you bring it together and and what really is a realistic timeline for for any sort of answers that it can provide.
Well -- the -- the last question timeline is impossible to speculate again and importantly complex case.
He fired hundreds of bullets that alone is very unusual and compounds -- tragically exponentially but the fact is.
Each one of those bullets each and every one as a standalone piece of evidentiary material.
Has been forensically and -- sized.
Methodically cross examined against the rights -- of the bullets rifling of the weapons.
And has to be researched to the extent of when he came to birth when Napoli came to life.
Until that -- was used on the fourteenth.
-- may -- other shootings and stand and -- just saying you know so they you have to always put the -- toward other.
Collateral shooting but had to really keep your your mind open at a time like this precisely in December the weapons to agenda.
Those -- those those weapons have to be looked at very closely from when they left the -- table so they live in on this.
We're talking a lot about friend again is one of the things that lieutenant Paul -- product to us today is about it during this news conference is the the interviewing -- witnesses and one of the things that he said as that they will be interviewing.
Children yes howdy do that pat.
With extraordinary delicacy.
Very very slowly in the presence of the parents.
And with highly highly skilled specialized investigators.
Conducted those -- interviews before you start now would you wait a couple weeks twenty gala.
I don't think they'll start now.
My experience would interview where young children has been that they aren't great witnesses both -- witnesses an eyewitness really.
Well because they were there recall is not influenced by baseline history of other events and they're the brand new they're young they don't have a whole lot and then memories.
If I mean it's very save way to look at it but it's a very -- -- look at the great great witnesses and everything is unvarnished.
And everything is true.
There's no agenda with these small Fries they're great influencing kids they don't have an agenda.
So when you tease out -- information delicately extract that information.
Piece by piece it can be very very vital for a critical data out.
They really underscores to just that thin and sadness we feel about their lives told me -- -- -- Iraq.
Worst pat thank you and was she walking us through this is -- we try to wrap our minds around -- sent power and in search for answers somehow in this case.
Thank you again.