The first two victims in the Sandy Hook massacre have been identified: Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. The Wall Street Journal spoke to Diane Day, a school therapist at Sandy Hook, who was in a room with Hochsprung and Sherlach when the shooting first occurred, and she provided some new details as to what happened when the shots broke out:
"We were there for about five minutes chatting and we heard, ‘pop pop pop,' " she said. "I went under the table."
The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and a school psychologist leaped out of their seats and ran out of the room, Ms. Day recalled. "They didn't think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on," she said.
"At first we heard a bunch of kids scream, and then it was just quiet and all you could hear was the shooting," Ms. Day said.
The Stamford Advocate also reported that Hochsprung activated the school's public address system in order to alert the rest of the school that a shooting was taking place. Day said that her group — which included other staff members as well as a parent — were stuck in a room without a lock. A teacher in the group barricaded herself against the door and was shot through the leg and arm.