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TODAY   |  December 04, 2013

911 calls of Sandy Hook shooting set for release

Almost a year after the tragic shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the 911 calls are set to be released. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.

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>> well, nearly a year after the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut, the 911 calls will be released today. the decision to release them was controversial and followed a lengthy court battle. we have the story. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. this is the day om so the victim's familied dreaded. many don't want to hear the sounds of terror that happened inside the school.

>> the school is in lock down.

>> the surrounding towns.

>> reporter: emergency crews responding to calls from sandy hook last december. these are the only recordings from that day that most people have heard. but today, nearly a year later, 911 calls, including some from inside the school, will be released for the first time. some family members of the victims appeared before a legislative task force requesting the 911 calls not be made public. his daughter was one of the students killed. he thinks the tape has values.

>> the more the public knows there will be less confusion and less people making up stories about what happened.

>> reporter: others disagree saying it's too soon and too tragic.

>> the 911 calls are going to sound like being there. in that sense, they're the trauma. again.

>> reporter: on the day of the shooting, the associated press requested the 911 recordings from the newtown police but they were denied. they appealed to connecticut's freedom of information commission which eventually ruled in their favor. the state's attorney here fought to keep the tapes from being released arguing in part they would detur others from calling 911 in the future. it's just the latest tragic reminder. last week the most comprehensive report on the incident was made public. all of this as the first anniversary approaches. still, he says he needs to hear the tapes for himself.

>> there won't be any secrets by the time i hear it. it will be the facts and i'm much better dealing with the facts and dealing with the unknown.

>> reporter: he said he knows the release of the 911 tapes will upset a lot of people and he wishes it wasn't coming so close to the 1 year anniversary. but for him, he doesn't want there to be any secrets about what happened that day, savannah.

>> hard weeks coming up for