New Details Shed Light On What Police Did And Didn’t Do During Texas School Shooting
Several children were still alive about halfway through the attack and were calling 911 while 19 officers were in the hall outside the classroom, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said in a Friday press conference.
The gunman shot his grandmother at her home, drove off in her truck, crashed into a ditch, emerged with a gun and headed towards the school, firing several rounds at nearby observers, according to according to The New York Times. An armed school district police officer arrived after he was notified of a shooting suspect, but he drove right past Ramos while pursuing a teacher he believed to be the suspect, McCraw said.
The officer heard gunshots as Ramos began firing at windows but the officer did not shoot at him, according to McCraw, contrary to earlier reports that law enforcement had engaged the shooter before the attack. Ramos then entered the school through a door that had been previously propped open by a teacher.
Texas DPS official refuses to say why officers didn't breach the door of the classroom for the hour that the Uvalde shooter was in there shooting children. pic.twitter.com/br2fdYruty
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 26, 2022
Police entered the school at 11:35 a.m., two minutes after Ramos, according to McCraw. Two officers fell back after being shot while trying to enter the classroom, and called for more resources such as body armor, according to the NYT; most of the children were shot within the first few minutes of the attack, police officials said.
Police hesitated to breach the classroom because “they could’ve been shot,” a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety said on CNN.
One caller within the classroom told 911 that eight or nine children were still alive at 12:16, about 45 minutes before law enforcement breached the classroom and shot the killer, McCraw said. There were 19 officers in the hallway outside the classroom by the time of that call.
A different student called at 12:19, and three shots could be heard over the call at 12:21, McCraw said in the press conference.
Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrived between 12:00 and 12:10, but members of the Uvalde Police Department prevented them from going into the building, according to the NYT. Members of the Border Patrol tactical team called Bortac arrived at 12:15.
Officers breached the classroom and shot and killed the gunman at 12:50, McCraw said.
“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom that were still at risk,” McCraw said. “From the benefit of hind sight where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. Period.”
Jacob Albarado, an off-duty Border Patrol officer, was at the barber shop when his wife, a teacher at the school, sent a text alerting him to the shooting, according to the NYT.
“There’s an active shooter,” she wrote, according to the NYT. “Help … I love you.”
He sped off to the school with his barber’s gun and evacuated classes full of children, including his daughter, with the help of two armed officers, the NYT reported.
Some parents, including law enforcement members, went inside to rescue their own children despite authorities forbidding it, according to the NYT.
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WOULD’VE – COULD’VE- SHOULD’VE……Feelings of grief, shock, and anger over this tragic & senseless loss of lives are shared overthis horrendous event, …it is important to remember that this investigation is still fluid and incomplete. Also, in our ‘need’ to know the ‘why’ there is a tendancy to latch on to tidbits of fact….and speculation. The news media doesn’t know any more than you or I. The media feeds on rumor & speculation, but you don’t need to eat it.
The DPS Officer that said the multiple police ‘SHOULD’VEA’ breached the door…They couldn’t see through the door to access the situation. Had they stormed the door, the shooter COUL”VE shot more children. He wasn’t there either, he was, as are we, looking for answers.
This is a small town and rare is the occassion the police are needed for more than a Saturda night domestic/family dispute or drunk drivers. There is skant training for gruesome situations like this. They are human and make mistakes. Can anyone honestly believe they put themselves first?
This is not the btime for the blame game….It is a time to grieve, cry and pray for all effected and that someting can be learned that will make schools across our Nation safer. This shooter has also made victims of the law enforcement personnel that responded and they will carry with them enough could’ve would’ve and should’ve for us all.
Laurel, your layout for the story is well written, I’m a little surprised that you used the NYT for a source.still you were smart to name it