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'In Sheer Shock' — Newtown Community Seeks News, Updates

People in Newtown are walking around with their phones attached to their heads as they seek updates on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Parents are calling each other. Ex-husbands are calling. Grandparents are checking in, and friends are calling.

The Sandy Hook shooting reached across the country, and so do the calls. Parents are gathering outside schools, waiting for their children to be released. A brother called from New York City. A sister from Boston.

"It's just too sad. There are rumors flying. It's violence beyond words," said Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist.

Parents outside St. Rose of Lima School stood outside until they were too cold to stand outside any longer.

"Everybody is looking at the news, every different channel," said Stephanie Maker, one of the parents standing outside St. Rose of Lima School. Maker was waiting for her daughter to be released. "We're comparing what we're hearing."

Maker's daughter is in 7th grade, and Maker wants her home safe. "She has friends at Sandy Hook."

St. Rose was in lockdown, so Maker stood outside and noticed there were no police. She said she

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More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage here:

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was there in case a shooter showed up, although she didn't know exactly how her being there might help.

"You see this kind of stuff in other towns. You see it here and it puts you in sheer shock," Maker said. "This is a very close community. It's upsetting."

At Caraluzzi's Newtown Market, Chelsea Berg was following the incident on Twitter, and other cashiers were keeping up on their favorite news channels. Customers were asking for updates.

"One guy thought it was a hoax, and then he looked at the other tellers and he saw what they were doing," Berg said.

Bob from Newtown was on an exercise bike in the gym above the Newtown Youth Academy when he saw a breaking news alert on the television about the shooting. He told the spin class instructor to let everyone know, and the gym empied out.

"Everyone started to get on their phones," Bob said. "This is a small community and we care about all the kids and all the schools."

Shelly December 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Michelle Fino N.H. is griefstricken over your undefineable loss. Our hearts wail with groanings inaudible. Please call us. May the God of all comfort be your refuge. May you find shelter beneath His wings. He will not forget you. Never will we either.
DrGrace J. Gniazdowska PsyD PhD December 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I am offering free private grief counseling to the families of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Please contact me. drgraceg@sensualmentality.com or you may speak with me on yahoo chat graceg1971a I am free to come to your home (like Dr. Hank does on Royal Pains) or you may come to me. I am in Trumbull. Please contact me for information. Dr Grace
Martin Blank December 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Trigger locks
Brian Seguin January 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM
20 Little Roses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjP-67koTI Please take the opportunity to watch the link above. A song/video written and performed by Kitchener Ontario Canada native, Brian "Eagle" Seguin in memory of the children that were taken from us in this senseless act of violence. Please watch and pass on 20 Little Roses. Thank You.
Brian Seguin January 28, 2013 at 10:12 AM
20 Little Roses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjP-67koTI Please take the opportunity to watch the link above. A song/video written and performed by Kitchener Ontario Canada native, Brian "Eagle" Seguin in memory of the children that were taken from us in this senseless act of violence. Please watch and pass on 20 Little Roses. Thank You.

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