Hundreds evacuated at Newtown Catholic church – the town’s center of memorials and mourning – after BOMB THREAT hours before Obama visit
The St Rose of Lima church in Connecticut was evacuated
today during a noon mass after the church received a bomb
threat – in another traumatic day for a community rocked by
Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown on Friday, tensions were raised again at
the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad SWAT team
members carrying assault weapons who rushed into the
church and a nearby educational center.
The Catholic church that has become a center of grieving
since the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.
With their guns drawn, police shouted to members of the
public to stand back and take cover while they secured the
A woman who had apparently suffered an anxiety attack
was taken out on a stretcher and placed into an ambulance.
After keeping the public and media at bay for more than an
hour, the police seemed to relax their posture and at around 1.30pm they were allowing people to lay flowers an candles
at a makeshift memorial.
Evelyn Leon, 17, of Waterbury, 20 miles east of Newtown,
said she was sitting in the back of the church with her
family when word came to leave the church.
‘Word filtered back through the pews that there had been a
threat made and we had to get into our cars and evacuate,’
‘Everybody was just rushing out. People just didn’t know
President Obama arrived in Newtown at about 4pm to
attend a memorial service for the 20 first graders and six
adults killed in Friday’s gun rampage at the elementary school by Adam Lanza, who also killed himself and his mother.
The president planned a private meeting Sunday afternoon
with families of the victims and with emergency personnel
who responded to the shootings.
In the evening, he was to speak at an interfaith vigil at
Newtown High School.