New details about the Uvalde school shooting - which took the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers - are still coming in, causing a growing amount of anger and criticism on how the police handled the situation. New reports reveal students called 911 while in the classroom with the gunman, begging the police to enter their classroom to save them. A Texas official said police made "the wrong decision" on the delay in breaching the classroom where the shooter was. The latest inside...
The timeline of events that led to the murders of 19 elementary students and 2 teachers keep changing, causing growing mounts of anger and scrutiny on how the police handled the active shooter situation at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
DPS director Steve McCraw did a press conference where he confirmed there was NOT a school resource officer on campus when the shooter arrived (as previously reported), but said the officer rushed to respond after the 911 call. The officer reportedly drove by the shooter, who was hunkered behind a car, and instead confronted a teacher who he thought was a suspect.
It’s reported the gunman lingered outside of the school for 12 whole minutes, firing shots.
McCraw also said the suspect entered the school through a door that was propped open by a teacher minutes earlier.
When asked why 19 officers stood outside of the classroom and did not go in, he said the on-scene commander thought the children were no longer at risk.
”The on-scene commander believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject.”
So, he basically confirmed it was the chief of police, Daniel Rodriguez, who made the call to hold off border patrol because the incident commander (Rodriguez) believed he was dealing with was a barricaded subject inside the school and the children were NOT at risk. Huh?! They assumed children were not at risk when a gunman invaded the school with an assault rifle? Make it make sense!
“What do I say to the parents?” McCraw said.“I don’t have anything to say to those parents other than what had happened. We’re not here to defend what happened. We’re here to report the facts.”
Twelve minutes later (11:40am), the gunman was in the hallways of the elementary school before he entered a fourth-grade classroom. There, he killed 19 students and 2 teachers. A tactical team from CBP was on scene at 12:15 p.m., but did not breach the classroom until 12:50 p.m.
At 12:58pm, law enforcement said the gunman had been killed and the siege was over.
Okay, but what was the reason to have a dad pinned down and a mother in handcuffs?
Since police didn’t want to breach, but parents were willing to to save their babies, why didn’t you let them?
Instead of playing tough guy with the suspect, they put unarmed parents in cuffs.
— Houston Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (@1983_bunny) May 27, 2022
As police waited outside of the school with parents fighting to get inside, terrified elementary school students called 911, begging the police to come in and save them. During the press conference, McCraw said he knows for certain two students called 911 during the tragedy. The students were in the classroom with the gunman for at least 35 minutes.
The #Uvalde timeline offered by Texas officials right now is gutting. There were 19 police officers in the hallway who made the decision not to break into the room, at the same time children inside were alive and calling 911. One begged “please send police now.”
— amna (@IAmAmnaNawaz) May 27, 2022
Now, Texas officials reveal they made a MISTAKE.
"It was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. Period ... We believe there should have been an entry. We don't have time," Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said during a press conference Friday.
Watch a clip from the media conference below:
Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted law enforcement made the "wrong decision" not to go into the classroom where the Uvalde school shooting suspect was for 35 minutes. https://t.co/T2c2sAWC9Npic.twitter.com/NMr8C1T45f
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) May 27, 2022
Texas authorities largely ignored questions about WHY officers had not been able to stop the shooter sooner.
Robb Elementary School parents and the community are demanding answers from law enforcement, especially since there are reports that some police officers entered the building to save their own children FIRST, while other parents fought with police as officers stopped them from trying to to save their own. A local law enforcement officer seema to confirm officers did that in an interview not long after the massacre occured:
Wait….. this is so fucking bad. You mean to tell me that some of police officers that showed up at the school went in to rescue THEIR OWN KIDS but refused to let the anxious parents rescue theirs….because police waited 40 MINUTES before gaining entry?!?!
— Quisling Hunter (@Wenbeauty) May 26, 2022
First hand accounts from students who survived the massacre are gut-wrenching. One family shared 11-year-old MiahCerrillo used the blood of other victims in the massacre to play dead, so the shooter wouldn’t shoot her. My GOD!
“Miah got some blood and put it on herself so she could pretend she was dead,” Blanca Rivera, the girl’s aunt and godmother, told NBC-DFW. “It’s too much for me to play that scene over and over again, but that’s what my sister-in-law said is that she saw her friend full of blood and she got blood and put it on herself.”
Now, people are questioning the credibility of law enforcement’s timeline because it KEEPS changing.
Do you think officers took entirely too long to neutralize the situation? Sound off in the comments.
Photos: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong