Newtown Church Evacuated

    Parishioners pay their respects to the victims of an elementary school shooting while arriving for mass at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut, December 16, 2012.  A young gunman slaughtered 20 small children and six teachers on December 14,2012 after walking into a school in an idyllic Connecticut town wielding at least two sophisticated firearms. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn., was evacuated Sunday after state police responded to a threat during noon mass—and rehearsal for the Christmas pagent. Officials cleared the church by 2 p.m. More than a dozen state troopers armed with assault rifles entered a home next to the church, said NBC reporter Audrey Washington. A SWAT team began a sweep of the church after the evacuation. The town is still reeling after 20 children and six adults were killed Friday when Adam Lanza opened fire at a local elementary school. His mother was also found dead in her Newtown home Friday.

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