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Newtown school shooting 911 calls released

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From Steve Almasy and Jason Hanna
(CNN) — Some audio recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were released to the news media Wednesday afternoon.

The release of the calls, made to Newtown, Connecticut, police on the day of the December 2012 shooting, came after the Associated Press challenged authorities’ refusal to release the 911 tapes.

Calls to the state police in Litchfield are not a part of this group of recordings.

Last week, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott upheld the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission’s ruling to release calls related to the December 14, 2012 shooting. A state attorney had tried to block the release to shield the victims’ families.

[FOX59 News has chosen not to air the recordings out of respects for the victims’ families.]

The massacre at Sandy Hook left 26 people dead, including 20 children, making it the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, shot himself at the end of his 11-minute rampage.

The killings in Newtown, about 60 miles outside New York, happened less than five months after a similar bloodbath at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, outside Denver.

Those mass slayings triggered a nationwide debate over gun violence, school safety and mental health, a debate that produced some new restrictions on firearms in several states.

Backlash by gun-rights advocates followed.

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