Two days after one of the nation's worst mass killings at a school, St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn. was evacuated Sunday during its noon mass after a man called the church and told a priest "I'm coming to kill, I'm coming to kill.''

The New York Times reported that Msgr. Robert Weiss, who spoke to a reporter from Ora.TV, which is live-streaming from the church, said that the church phone rang and a man on the line began issuing threats.

Weiss said the parishioner who answered the phone said to him, "you'd better listen to this phone conversation," and handed him the phone. "He started talking about 'I'm coming to kill, I'm coming to kill,'' Weiss said.

The newspaper reported on its website that police were summoned, and "The more this man was speaking the more the police were taking seriously," Monsignor Weiss said. The police fed questions to the parishioner to relay to the caller, he said.

"I'm just sad that these people needed to be at Mass today and that this had to happen," Monsignor Weiss said. "This is just hard for parents to be able to explain to their children."

Later in the day Bridgeport Archdiocese spokesman Brian Wallace said the threat was called into the church while the noon mass was under way. The pastor announced there was a threat to parishioners and instructed the congregation to evacuate in an orderly fashion.


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State police said that as of 2 p.m. the scene is "all clear," but the church will remain locked for the rest of Sunday.

After the call was received, several police officers with guns drawn took up positions at the church and the adjacent St. Rose Parish Religious Education Center in this town, which was the scene of a mass killing that took the lives of 28 people including 20 children in the Sandy Hook Elementary school and several teachers.

One officer told a passerby, "I'm hiding in the tree for a reason." Another urged people in the area to move away from the church.

At 1:10 p.m. about six men dressed in camouflage exited the church's education center and conferred with local police. The officers had large shields and guns drawn.

An Associated Press photographer saw police leave carrying something in a red tarp as a large crowd of parishioners gathered outside.

Shooter Adam Lanza, his mother and eight of the child victims attended St. Rose of Lima. It is a Roman Catholic Church with an adjacent school, which Lanza attended briefly, the Associated Press reported.

The church hosted overflow crowds at all three morning masses Sunday.