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Neighbor took in 6 Newtown survivors

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Gene Rosen, 69, says he tried to comfort six children who ran from a mass shooting at their school in Newtown, Ct. Gene Rosen, 69, says he tried to comfort six children who ran from a mass shooting at their school in Newtown, Ct.
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Six children who ran from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. during the mass shootings that left 28 dead, ended up on the front lawn of former psychologist Gene Rosen.

The retiree who lives with his wife near the school heard gunfire Friday morning, but dismissed it as a hunter.

As he was heading out to a diner he found four girls and two boys sitting in a semicircle with a bus driver outside his home.

Rosen, a grandfather, told reporters he brought the four girls and two boys into his house and gave them toys and juice. He also called their parents.

"I had no idea what had happened," said Rosen.

One of the boys told Rosen that they "couldn't go back to school. Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto. We don't have a teacher."

The children's teacher, Victoria Soto, 27, died after she confronted gunman Adam Lanza as he burst into her classroom.

They said the shooter had a big gun and a little gun.

Their parents gradually picked up the children.

"A mother knocked on my door, and she gave me the name of a child. She said, 'I heard you had six children on your driveway. Was one of them mine?'"

"Her face was frozen in terror."

Later, an emotional Rosen said, "I looked at the casualty list, and her child was on it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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