SWAT Team Enters St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT After Death Threat Called In
A monsignor at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which was evacuated during noon Mass on Sunday, said that a man had called the church and said, “I’m coming to kill, I’m coming to kill.”
Msgr. Robert Weiss, who spoke to a reporter from Ora.TV, which is live-streaming from the church, said that the church phone rang and a parishioner picked it up, and the man on the line began spewing threats.
The parishioner said to him, “you’d better listen to this phone conversation,” and handed him the phone the monsignor said. “He started talking about ‘I’m gcoming to kill, I’m coming to kill.’”
The police were summoned, and “The more this man was speaking the more the police were taking seriously,” Monsignor Weiss said. The police fed questions to the parishioner to relay to the caller, he said.
At about 12:30, the police arrived at the church and announced that there had been a threat.
“All of a sudden all of the police cars came flying up and one police officer said very disgustedly that it’s probably nothing but some jerk called in and made a threat and made a threat and we have to evacuate,” said Kim, a parishioner who had been standing outside the church when police arrived. “So they went in and evacuated it.”
Worshipers cam pouring out of the church and state police troopers with rifles and in camouflage and combat helmets entered the church and parish center.
A heavily armored state police vehicle then arrived and is in the parking lot near the Rose School building now.
The church was still on lockdown as of 1:30 p.m.
“I’m just sad that these people needed to be at Mass today and that this had to happen,” Monsignor Weiss said. “This is just hard for parents to be able to explain to their children.”
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