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Shooting witness: Kids said "I can't go back to that school"

(CBS News) "The children were so frightened. I didn't know why they were on my lawn," longtime Newtown resident Gene Rosen said of circumstances that arose down the street from Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Friday shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

Rosen took in six children who had fled to house, next to the Sandy Hook firehouse, and helped reunite them with their parents Friday afternoon.

"They were just so distressed. They were crying and talking...they had witnessed some of the bloodshed," Rosen said, visibly shaken as he spoke on "CBS This Morning: Saturday."

He said the children were between six and eight years old, and added that they were "sweet," "brave," and "talked about a gun."

Rosen described the scene at his home, as he started calling and waiting for their parents to arrive.

"One little girl was inconsolable. The boys and and the other two girls, they were very composed...I think they were very shocked. But they were brave."

He added that the children kept repeating, "'I can't go back to that school.'

"They just kept saying they couldn't go back to the school," Rosen explained, adding, "One of them said they had seen some of them said there was a big gun and a little gun."