UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) — Public safety officials revealed Friday that officers responding to Tuesday’s shooting at the Uvalde school only attempted to enter a classroom to rescue the children at inside an active shooter for about an hour, as the incident was believed to have escalated into a barricaded subject call.
The 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School that day.
Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said while law enforcement waited to enter the classroom, the children pleaded on the phone with 911 at least twice to dispatch the police.
McCraw explained that at 11:31 a.m. the shooter fired outside the school, then entered the building at 11:33 a.m. and began shooting into the classrooms. McCraw said a teacher opened the door before the shooter entered the school, but it was supposed to be locked.
McCraw said as many as 19 law enforcement officers gathered 20 minutes later in the hallway around 11:53 a.m.
“The on-scene commander considered it a barricaded subject and there was time, and there were no more children at risk,” McCraw said. “Obviously, from the information we have, there were children in this class who were at risk, and it was actually still an active shooter situation and not a barricaded subject. “
At 12:15 p.m., members of the tactical team arrived with shields, McCraw said. At 12:43 p.m. and 12:47 p.m., the children in the classroom with the shooter pleaded with 911 to send the police.
The classroom was not breached until 12:50 p.m., McCraw said, when law enforcement used a janitor’s keys to open the doors to the adjacent classroom. Officers then killed the shooter, McCraw said.
McCraw agreed on Friday that law enforcement at the scene did not respond appropriately.
“Looking back, where I’m sitting now, of course, it wasn’t the right decision. It was a bad decision, period. There is no excuse for this. But again, I wasn’t there, but I’m just telling you from what we know, we think there should have been an entry as soon as possible,” McCraw said.
Law enforcement has come under fire for providing an unclear timeline of what happened in Tuesday’s shooting.
Although Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the shooter encountered an Uvalde CISD officer as he entered the school, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon clarified Thursday that the shooter had not encountered a school officer before walking “unobstructed” through a door. which seemed to be unlocked.
McCraw also revealed that the shooter asked his sister in September 2021 if she could help him buy a gun. She refused. The shooter also engaged in a few Instagram threads where school shootings and buying a gun were mentioned.
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