Newtown shooting first day recollection (video)

As the volunteer firefighters drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School the morning of December 14, Newtown Resident Audrey Petschek didn’t know how horrific the scene was.

Many residents heard initially that only the principal was shot, and it took more than an hour for correct information to spread through the town through phone calls and text messages.

“Within two to three hours the stories started to come out of what had really happened. I think I said ‘Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God,’ more times than I’ve ever said in my life.

“I mean, it’s just beyond where you can even process.”

Watch Petschek’s recollection in video above.

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