digitaljournal.com / By Ralph Lopez / Jan 21, 2013 at 1:57AM EST Jan 21, 2013
At the words “they arrived to carnage,” the CNN Anderson Cooper report cuts to helicopter footage of seven police officers charging across a parking lot and toward a school. It is breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting just hours earlier.
The three-minute report posted on the day of the shootings at the official CNN website is entitled “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School.” But the school is almost certainly not Sandy Hook. It is St. Rose of Lima School, a private school a few miles away, also in Newtown. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the site where 20 school children were killed on December 14, 2012, and 6 adults. Two adults
were wounded, Natalie Hammond
and another whom police have not named. CNN: “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School,” at official CNN Youtube channel
Posted at CNN website. MPEG4 file at Dropbox The helicopter footage is broadcast at 8 seconds into the CNN report, and again at time stamp 1:02. A close examination of the landscaping, parking lot markings, and the distinct curvature of the sidewalk reveals that no such terrain exists at Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, a Google Earth satellite photo shows the true location almost beyond a reasonable doubt. After circulating across the Internet for a time, photographic evidence seems to bear out that doubts were founded. It is not known whether the rush to the building of the seven officers seen in the clip is a drill. Also unknown is when it took place.