Active shooter trainer/retired cop Vincent Riccio has stated publicly that Adam Lanza had "a chest wound and a head wound." He said it casually in a
public presentation and I couldn't believe my ears. I've written to him about it, and he's said he'll get in touch with me in a few weeks after his
schedule has calmed down.
The statements occurs in part 5 of a series he's uploaded to YT, entitled, "Sandy Hook/Active Shooter Presentation."
The reason this statement meant the most to me was that I had just started to feel very strongly, upon many, many months of listening to Newtown Call
7, that the 9:46:54 gunshot was fired by an NPD officer. I say this because the sound is very loud and clear, i.e. closer to Rick Thorne's cellphone.
If you recall, Rick Thorne is standing/crouching part way down a hall on the opposite side of the building from the north hall--the north hall is
where the affected classrooms are located.
I believe very strongly that Sedensky intended for the 9:46:54 shot to be the final shot--if you read how he describes the final shot (which he's now
moved, I believe randomly, to 9:40:03), he says it is distinct from the other shots. This description absolutely applies to the 9:46:54 shot sound;
it comes after a few moments of silence, is eerily clear, loud, and quite frankly creepy sounding (sorry, a woman's observation, lol).
But upon reading Sgt. Cario's report as to what was happening at that moment--he has entered the school and found NPD officers crouching around a
corner in the lobby, looking down the north hall--now, place that sound in context. This is the sound, I firmly believe, of a shot fired by officers
who are relatively near to Rick--they're still in the lobby in fact--and they are aiming down the north hall.
The shots in the distance which precede this shot (all of which are also unacknowledged in the report, but clearly audible on Call 7) I now believe
were fired from room 2, where casings were indeed found. This room, being on the corner, also looked out on the playscape--the exact location NPD
officers told the incoming Cario a "possible threat" existed, causing Cario to immediately run back out of the building toward the playscape.
In sum, I believe a shooter fired shots from room 2 onto the playscape--that is were Capt. Rios and Manfredonia were at that time, possibly sheltering
from just those shots--and then, as officers outside the building converged in the direction of room 2, the shooter ran through the classrooms via the
connecting doors. There were allegedly connecting doors between every, single set of rooms in the north hall, except between room 8 and 10. Having
run into a wall in room 8, he would have had to exit room 8 into the hallway if he needed to keep moving away from the threat. I believe that at the
moment he exited room 8, an NPD officer fired his weapon, striking the shooter in the chest. In fact if you look at the photos of the shooter's
clothing, you can indeed see several clear depressions--one in particular--which could easily be the result of a bullet impacting that shirt either
through a flak jacket, or hitting the shirt directly which was worn over the flak jacket.
In addition, the shooter was said to have been lying "near the door jamb" of room 10 in some reports, but fully inside the room in others. I won't go
into what I think that means, but suffice it to say, there are some clear and logical possibilities.
That shot is fired at 9:46:54; it then, for some reason, takes officers on scene until 9:51:31 to announce, "92--we got one suspect down." This is
followed immediately by the same officer yelling, "CLEAR!" and "We have a suspect down." This moment, incidentally, is not accurately transcribed by
CSP Det Alison Peters and NPD officer Jeff Silver. They change it, for whatever reason, to "Where? Where is suspect down?" The audio is available for
anyone to listen to (as me for an acceptable way to provide the link), and you can decide for yourself.
That's a very long way of saying I think the shooter clearly popped out of room 8, and officers who gave sworn statements saying they were monitoring
the north hall at that very moment, shot him in the chest. I do not think that shot was fatal.
Just before this moment, a child survivor from room 8 who has remained in her room the entire time, suddenly starts running out of room 8, being told
to go back in, and then running out again yelling that she wants to go home. An NPD officer can be heard yelling, "Get back in the classroom!" only
moments before the 9:46:54 shot. It is my feeling that the reason she's finally fleeing room 8, at that very moment, and repeatedly refusing to obey
officers who tell her to stay in the room, is that the shooter is in there. Lord knows the shooter may have sent her out to draw fire, for that
I don't know if you noticed the recent drama with the Sandy Hook first responders ceremony hosted by Gov. Malloy; 300 dispatchers and first responders
and dispatchers were honored; not one, single Newtown dispatcher was invited, and not one of the first officers on scene (McGowan, Chapman, Kullgren,
Penna, Bahamonde, Smith, Vanghele, Rios, Kehoe, Seabrook) was invited. This has prompted an impassioned open letter to Gov. Malloy from a Fairfield
County EMT asking why Newtown was not invited; via Schriro, the response was a vague allusion apologizing for "overlooking" anyone. In my strong
opinion, this does not wash.
Given the very strong statements by SH parents in the past few months alleging negligence on the part of Newtown Public Schools and NPD, I think we
can start to draw uncomfortable conclusions, at least in broad terms, that those two organizations are likely targets of pending suits. The statute
of limitations for wrongful death suits in CT is 2 years; we're just over four months out.
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