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Colorado Police Set to Release Massive Report on Columbine

Aired May 15, 2000 - 1:07 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: This afternoon, police in Colorado are set to release a massive report on the Columbine school shootings. It's expected to include grim details of the shootings in a minute-by- minute account.

A preview of the report from national correspondent Tony Clark.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TONY CLARK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The shooting and bombing rampage at Columbine High School lasted less than an hour, 12 students killed and 23 others wounded before the gunmen killed themselves. According to the "Rocky Mountain News," the sheriff's report to be released today will say all of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's victims were shot in the first 16 minutes, Evan Todd was one of them.

DALE TODD, VICTIM'S FATHER: And when the two killers walked into the main entrance they saw him, one of them cocked their 12 gauge pump shotgun and fired a round at him.

CLARK: The sheriff's final report will present a timeline following the killer's steps as they shot their way through Columbine High School and tossed homemade bombs, it will be released on CD-ROM to allow authorities to put in much more than on a printed report.

BRIAN RORHBOUGH, VICTIM'S FATHER: Quite honestly, I am frightened by what the content is going to be, you know, I don't know what to expect from that.

CLARK: The report will include taped interviews and some of the frantic 911 calls made from the school.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

PATTY NIELSEN, COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER: The school is in a panic, and I am in the library, I've got students down -- under the table kids, heads under the table.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

NIELSEN: My name is Patty Nielsen, and I am the teacher who called 911 from the library. CLARK: Nielsen dropped the phone when the gunmen came into the library, the line remained open and the 911 dispatcher could hear as Klebold and Harris taunted and shot students.

Dale Todd has heard the tape and hopes it is included in the report for the public to hear.

TODD: It will give them a better idea of what the two warlocks were like, it will horrify them and it will outrage them.

CLARK: The final report on Columbine comes more than a year after the shooting. The sheriff's office is under court order to release it.

TODD: I hope some good will come out of this, I hope that the nation will learn a lesson of what created those two killers.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CLARK: The report will be released to reporters in a little less than three hours here at the Jefferson county fairgrounds. The CD- ROMs arrived here just a short time ago. Families of the victims are receiving their copies of the report earlier. The report is expected to go into great detail about exactly what happened on that bloody April day. The one thing it will not answer, the one question it cannot answer, is why.

Tony Clark, CNN, Jefferson County, Colorado.

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