Reported Threat Prompts Evacuation at Saint Rose Church [Updated]

Family members of the victims from Friday's shooting were in attendance.


Hundreds of mourners—included family members of those killed in Friday's shooting—were forced to evacuate St. Rose of Lima Church Sunday because of a reported threat.

State police SWAT officers dressed in camoflauge and equipped with full auto rifles formed a loose perimeter around the church and a neighboring building — the parish religious education center — as other officers entered building. They remained inside for about 15 minutes and left without incident.

CNN is reporting that police gave the "all clear" signal that no threat was discovered. Newtown police declined to comment on the incident.

Newtown resident Nick Cavaliere said the church was packed with an estimated 200 people, with people lining the walls during a service. He said a "calm and orderly" evacuation took place when a priest entered and asked everyone to leave because of an anoymous threat.

"I wasn't nervous," said Newtown resident JR Yllanes who was attending a mass at the church. "You have all these people who are there to protect all of us."

wendy lee hewitt December 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I'm still stunned at incredible lengths that fellow human beings will go... to selfishly inflict fear on such already fragile people. The peace loving people of the world are sending their thoughts and prayers to everyone in Newtown and the entire area. You are not alone and you will stay in our thoughts always.
Lori Amann-Chetcuti December 16, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Is there no situation so terrible that it cannot be made worse? What is wrong with people?
Maria Sabla December 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Sick People, S]ick World!! We can`t even pray and honor them in peace.
Darlene Kascak December 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Can they just leave these families alone so they can try to come to terms with what happened. The media in their faces, Westboro Baptist threatening to protest and now some fool causes them to evacuate over a fame seeking threat! I think the people in my small town have gone through enough.
Crystal G. December 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Who would want to cause more fear, worry, and pain on people who are already dealing with the unimaginable? What a cruel, sick world! My love, light, and prayers are with Newtown.
Wanda Estes December 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Speechless at evil activity. But it won't keep me from running my next race for those who died tragically. And I'll pray every day for the grieving families and friends as I train.
Gwen Allen December 16, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Guns do not kill people people kill people, should we take away knives. This tragedy is what we reap when there is no parenting, this culture is all about me or let kids express themselves there are no restrictions on what kids can do no supervision no family values, no God. So do not blame guns we live in a violent society and we best take note on what has happened bad people will always get guns, God Bless those little innocent children and their families......Gwen Allen
tracy December 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The media needs to stop adding fuel to the fire!!!
d December 16, 2012 at 09:48 PM
My deepest sympathy to the families of Sandy Hook School and Newtown Ct. My heart is so filled with sadness for you and for your loved ones. May you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
penny hart December 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM
it was probably the members of the westboro church.karma always wins in the end!!!leave these people alone!!!
Evelyn Morales December 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I am sooo stunned ... How in the world could someone still be threatning..let these poor families grieve in peace...my prayers are with the families right now..
Evita almestica December 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
this is beyond crazy.... family and community can't even grieve.... because you always going have some idiots always trying to make things worse... To the westboro church get over yourselfs, It maybe Gods will but it is still a tragedy and horrific... Not the time to be picketing in front of a elementary schools where children and there caregivers were for slaughter... Put the shoe on the other foot and see how u wld feel... As for the idiot who called in tht bogus threat, let them have peace they deserve that at the very least... My heart and prayer go out to the familys a community and a nation that is grieving....
Ariana joyce December 17, 2012 at 02:42 AM
God bless those who have lost their own and have peace to those who have died.
LORRAINE CURRY December 17, 2012 at 09:10 AM
I AGREE WITH YOU COMMENTS 100%. PARENTS BUY THEIR KIDS VIDEO GAMES all the game is about is to see how many people they can kill. These kids sit for hours playing these mindless games than the parents wonder how these real killings could happened. How a person can kill all these people in cold blood once they get the chance to play out a seen that they played out for years as a game. But no one is getting back up like they did in the game. That's because this isn't a game. It's murder ! Please don't let your kids play with these violent games. If you really love your kids don't let them waste their time with these games that fill their subconscious with acts of murder. Sincerely, Lorraine
Janice Kay Macafee December 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Amen to this truth.....
Patrick Oser December 18, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I completely agree as well. I don't have a gun nor have I ever fired one but I FIRMLY BELIEVE in the right to bear arms and the 2nd ammendment. Try putting security at schools. Try putting more focus on improving Mental Health and access to it for people who need it. Don't PAY to go see movies with violence or video games with violence and keep them away from our children. Start demanding that Hollywood stop making movies like this too. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/jamie-foxx-connecticut-shooting_n_2310638.html?ir=Entertainment&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false
Patrick Oser December 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Probably was…….


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