When Lanza entered Soto’s room he turned to his left and immediately fired at Soto, who was standing toward the back of the room near the window. Police believe some of those bullets went into the parking lot, striking some cars.
Through interviews with surviving children, sources said, investigators learned that some of Soto’s students were holding hands in the far right corner near the chalkboard, away from Lanza’s initial line of fire. When Lanza stopped firing because his gun jammed, student Jesse Lewis yelled for kids to run. Jesse was shot to death. Six of the children ran past Lanza to safety.
While the roles of Newtown officers have been documented in national media reports, new details have also emerged about state troopers’ actions.
Several troopers from Troop A rushed to school, including barracks commander Michael Hoffbauer, Sgt. William Cario and members of the narcotics task force who were arriving at the station for a case meeting. Two troopers, Carlos Guerra and William Cornoyer, were driving on Interstate 84 transporting a prisoner to New Haven, when they diverted to the school.
Two members of the SWAT team formed search teams to make sure there wasn’t a second shooter, ultimately discovering Kaitlin Roig and her first grade class locked in a bathroom. Guerra and Cario ran into Rousseau’s room and found the children in the bathroom.
Cario carried one of the children out of the school to a waiting cruiser which whisked her away to Danbury Hospital. The child died there.