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Note: One of the eyewitnesses to the shooting is a little girl whom was attending class at the time of the shooting. In no way is the author of this article claiming that anyone should ask this little girl any questions at this time, after she was traumatized by such a horrific event, as two other adult witnesses should suffice.
By Shepard Ambellas
January 24, 2012
NEWTOWN — Many questions still remain surrounding the Sandy Hook School shooting, including the question, “Was there more than one shooter?”
According to reports there are at least 3 eyewitnesses to the shooting that took place on December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that could shed light on the situation and put potential internet rumors to rest.
On the day of the shooting NBC reported that, “Police said Monday that two adults were injured but survived the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and will be interviewed as soon as they’re well enough to answer questions.”
The third witness has been identified as a student of the school.
Witness #1 — Natalie Hammond
Lead Teacher of Sandy Hook Natalie Hammond was reported to have come face to face with the gunman Adam Lanza the day the mass shooting occured.
It was reported by NewsTimes.com on December 17, 2012, that;
Hammond, the recently promoted lead teacher at the school, is one of two wounded survivors of the nightmare that befell Sandy Hook on Friday.
At about 9:30 a.m., she ran out of a meeting with Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. They came face-to-face with 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who had just shot his way into the school with a high-powered semiautomatic rifle.
Lanza’s burst of fire killed Hochsprung and Sherlach. Hammond was shot in the foot, leg and hand, but managed to crawl to safety behind a door. Lanza then went down the hall to two classrooms, where he killed 20 children and four teachers.
Ten minutes later, Lanza fired a bullet into his own head.
The NYPost.com reported Dec. 16th that, “Natalie Hammond, 40, also was in the meeting and may have tried to use her body to block Lanza from entering the office — likely keeping him from killing others inside.”
A search of Hammond in the states Educators Database reveals Hammond is licensed in Connecticut.
Hammond recently was given a promotion before the shooting according to reports. The Sandy Hook Elementary School’s official website lists her as “Lead Teacher”.
Witness #2 — Unidentified as of Yet
We know that there is a second survivor that was shot from Lt. Paul Vance’s statements to the media. However, we do not know who this witness is.
A student of the elementary school (little girl) was described by eyewitnesses standing outside the school after the shooting to have exited the school covered in blood, but appeared to be uninjured.
Other reports like Andy Campbell’s detail how the little girl survived;
Of 16 children in the classroom, the unidentified girl was the only survivor.
“She ran out of the school building covered from head to toe with blood and the first thing she said to her mom was, ‘Mommy, I’m OK but all my friends are dead,’” Solomon said. “Somehow in that moment, by God’s grace, she was able to act as she was already deceased.”
The girl was reportedly the first student to flee the building after the massacre at the school, which left 20 children, six adults and the gunman dead.
It’s also interesting to note that Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson was appointed by Gov. Malloy to head-up the 16-member panel of the Sandy Hook School Shooting Investigative Commission as reported by CNN that,
“We live in a society that has destigmatized violence, but has refused to destigmatize (mental health) treatment,” said Gov. Malloy, who emphasized the need for greater scrutiny of policies that may have contributed to the deadly December 14 incident.
The first-term Democrat set up the 16-member panel of experts last month and appointed Hamden, Connecticut, Mayor Scott Jackson to head up the commission.
“We are here because of a tragedy,” said Jackson, who is tasked with devising recommendations to address gun control, school safety and the state’s mental health policies.
The panel must meet a March 15 deadline for its initial report, which Malloy is expected to use in drafting initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence. The group includes experts who reviewed policies after mass shootings in Colorado and at Virginia Tech.
As citizens we need to demand that Mayor Scott Jackson investigates and answers all prudent questions regarding the Sandy Hook School shooting.
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