Nearly 48 hours after an 18-year-old terrorist entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed 19 students (possibly 20) as 2 teachers, there are still numerous questions that still don’t have answers as more details about the massacre trickle in. It’s reported the gunman entered the school through an unlocked door and remained inside for as long as an hour as parents screamed at police to enter the building. The latest inside…
The disturbing details about the Texas school massacre are trickling in, leaving more questions than answers.
Today should have been a joyful and eventful day as kids celebrated the last day of classes before kicking off their summer vacation. Instead, families of those murdered in cold blood are grieving their loss, while planning funerals for their loved ones after the nation’s second deadliest US school shooting occurred.
As new details about what happened leading up to the massacre, serious questions still remain about how 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was able to enter the school with an assault rifle, procedures law enforcement followed during the attack, and why was he able to remain inside of the building for as long as an hour before a tactical team forced their way in and killed him.
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) May 26, 2022
While the gunman was inside the school, parents stood outside desperately begging the police to charge him inside of the school.
“Go in there! Go in there!,” a woman shouted at the officers.
Totally fed up with the police officers’ actions, Javier Cazares, whose 4th grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, brought up the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he said.“More could have been done.”
Texas officials are now piecing together a timeline of events that led up to the mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 students (possibly 20) and 2 teachers.
According to CNN, the young terrorist first shot his grandmother in the face after an alleged dispute over a cellphone payment. He then drove to Robb Elementary where he gained access to the school through an unlocked door.
An armed school resource officer was on the seven and did engage with the shooter, but it’s unclear if he fired his weapon or what he did in response to the suspect's entry. Two Uvalde Police officers followed behind the gunman into the school and were both shot, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Olivarez.
"We're trying to establish every single timeline as far as how long the shooter was inside the classroom, how long did the shooting take place, but as of right now, we have not been able to establish that," Olivarez said.
The gunman then entered a classroom, which was attached to an adjoining classroom, and barricaded himself inside for about 40 to 60 minutes, Olivarez said. All of the 21 killed and 17 injured were inside those classrooms, officials have said.
”We're still trying to establish if that classroom was locked, and if it was locked, was there some type of barricade, was there some type of locking mechanism that did not allow those officers to make entry," he said.
The lengthy barricade situation raises serious questions about how police responded to the shooting. Since the Columbine school shooting of 1999, emergency protocol in such situations is to end the threat as quickly as possible because fatalities occur in seconds to minutes.
”It's almost incomprehensible for me to come up with a rational explanation as to why you would wait 30 minutes to an hour to get in there," said Andrew McCabe, CNN senior law enforcement analyst. "The door breaching, if it's just a locked door, that doesn't take 30 minutes to get into."
So, the gunman barricaded himself in a classroom and stayed there for 40 minutes to an hour with several cops on the scene before he was killed. The terrorist wrote "I’m going to shoot an elementary school" in a Facebook message 15 minutes before he carried out the massacre. It's reported he gave "no meaningful forewarning" of the violence he intended to unleash except for the Facebook message and two others that came before it, which were NOT public.
The two other messages said: "I’m going to shoot my grandmother" and "I shot my grandmother."
Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, tweeted the warnings were sent in private one-to-one text messages that were found after the shooting and he confirmed Facebook is cooperating with law enforcement.
The messages Gov. Abbott described were private one-to-one text messages that were discovered after the terrible tragedy occurred. We are closely cooperating with law enforcement in their ongoing investigation.
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) May 25, 2022
Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference, praising law enforcement for everything they did during the shooting and said without their intervention the Uvalde school shooting "could have been worse."
"Let me emphasize something that I know you all know. The reality is, as horrible as what happened, it could have been worse," Abbott said. ”The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do. They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives," he added.
”And it is a fact that because of their quick response, getting on the scene of being able to respond to the gunman and eliminating the gunman, they were able to save lives. Unfortunately, not enough," Abbott said. "But I want to make sure that everybody knows all of the law enforcement agencies and groups that are involved and were involved in this process."
The mental Olympics and delusion on display here. Texas Governor Abbott is saying and doing ANYTHING to keep the focus off the fact he and almost every GOP member of the Texas state and federal government are being paid hundreds of thousands a year by gun enthusiast groups to remain INACTIVE on gun control.
The shooter was in the school for 40 minutes to an hour shooting and killing kids and teachers before law enforcement finally shot him. That is “quick action?” This is after ARMED law enforcement engaged with him outside of the school and still allowed him to go inside despite admitting he was suspicious with his black bag (that we now know contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition). Raise your standards for praising law enforcement and stop stating blatant lies to deflect attention away from blaming them AND you and the entire GOP delegation.
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke was NOT here for Gov. Abbott’s foolishness and made it known by interrupting the press conference before he was escorted out.
"The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing,” he said.
Watch the clip below:
Governor Abbott is up for re-election November 8, 2022. Beto O’Rourke is his opponent. VOTE ACCORDINGLY TEXAS.
The shooter’s mother, Adriana Reyes, reportedly told her boyfriend’s mother, Maria Alvarez, that she was in disbelief that her son did this and didn’t think her son would shoot his grandmother. Her son was living with her mother at the time of the shooting. He moved out after having an argument with his mother over her decision to disconnect the Wi-Fi.
The shooter’s mother spoke with ABC News where she revealed her son was "not a monster," but that he could "be aggressive."
”I had an uneasy feeling sometimes, like 'what are you up to?" Adriana Reyes told ABC News' Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman in an interview at her home. "He can be aggressive... If he really got mad."
"I never got along with him. I never socialized with him. He doesn't talk to nobody. When you try to talk to him, he'd just sit there and walk away,” she said.
Adriana also spoke with The Daily Mail where she sent her condolences to the mourning families.
“I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They [the children] had no part in this,” she said, speaking from the hospital where her mother — her son’s first victim — was being treated.
Angel Garza, whose ten year old daughter Amerie was murdered, holding her photo to his heart:
"How do you look at this girl and shoot her? Oh, my baby. How do you shoot my baby?" pic.twitter.com/TKGDp81Pze
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 26, 2022
Angel Garza, a medic aide, said when he arrived at the school the victims were starting to be removed from the building. He immediately began helping one little girl “who was just covered in blood head-to-toe”.
“I thought she was injured. I asked her what was wrong and she said she was ok. She was crying hysterically saying that they shot her best friend, that they killed her best friend,” Mr Garza told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.“I asked the little girl the name and she said Amerie,” the dad recalled as he cried while holding a photo of his daughter, Amerie Jo Garza.
He said two of the students in her classroom told him his 10-year-old daughter tried to call 9-1-1 before she was shot.
Devastating. Watch the emotional interview above.
Joe Garcia, the husband of Irma Garcia, one of two teachers shot and killed in Uvalde, TX on Tuesday, has reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack. Joe and Irma were high school sweethearts and married 24 years. They leave behind four children. pic.twitter.com/Rlk0M2B8nR
— Ernie Zuniga (@Ernie_Zuniga) May 26, 2022
The husband of teacher Irma Garcia, one of 22 victims who were fatally shot during the massacre, died Thursday.
"Joe Garcia, the husband of Irma Garcia, one of two teachers shot and killed in Uvalde, TX on Tuesday, has reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack. Joe and Irma were high school sweethearts and married 24 years. They leave behind four children," Ernie Zuniga of KAAB news in San Antonio tweeted.
We're definitely still praying for everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.
Again, vote accordingly Texas!
Photos: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong/Uvalde Police Department