Church Near Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuated After Threat [Updated]

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Police guard the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital.
Police guard the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Halfway through a packed afternoon service at Newtown, Connecticut's St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church — which hosted the first large memorial in the wake of the Friday shootings — a priest asked worshippers to clear out after someone called a church phone and repeatedly shouted, "I'm coming to kill, I'm coming to kill." A dozen police officers in camouflage SWAT gear soon arrived to search the building, where they ultimately determined there was no real danger. "I’m just sad that these people needed to be at Mass today and that this had to happen," said the priest. "This is just hard for parents to be able to explain to their children."