Questions Arise from Uvalde, Texas
Why did law enforcement linger outside for at least 40 minutes while the gunman was inside the school? This and other questions emerge from angry, grieving parents.
One thing that’s standing out in today’s news is the growing questions about how the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, played out.
A big question involves the police response timing.
From eyewitness accounts and video footage, we see law enforcement remained outside the school for at least 40 minutes after the shooter entered the building.
That is an important question, and many parents are demanding an answer.
From the Washington Examiner: Parents begged police for upward of 40 minutes to stop Texas school shooter: Report
“Investigators are piecing together what happened over the course of the massacre, which ended with a Border Patrol team rushing in and killing the 18-year-old shooter. Witnesses cited by the Associated Press recalled shouting at police to enter the building to save the people inside. One even proposed having bystanders do the job that officers apparently refused to do as they stood outside.”
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” said Javier Cazares, who lost his fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn, in the attack. “More could have been done. They were unprepared.”
The first report of an armed man approaching Robb Elementary School came around 11:30 a.m., and the gunman was killed roughly 90 minutes later, just after 1 p.m., state officials said, according to the New York Times.”
“Salvador Ramos has been identified by officials as the shooter who entered the school with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle. After being seen crashing his truck into a ditch outside the school and shooting at people outside a nearby funeral home who were not injured, officials said he "encountered" a school district security officer. However, on Thursday, a Texas official said investigators believe the shooter walked into the school without being confronted by anybody and within a couple of minutes, Ramos shot at arriving local police officers who then took cover, called for assistance, and started evacuations.”
“Angeli Rose Gomez, a farm supervisor and parent of children in the second and third grade at Robb Elementary School, said she was put in handcuffs by federal marshals who told her she was being arrested for intervening in an active investigation, reported the Wall Street Journal. Gomez also said she witnessed a father thrown to the ground by police and another parent pepper-sprayed. The report noted that Gomez, once she was let out of the handcuffs, found an area to jump the school fence, made it inside the building, and ran out of the school with her two children.”
Below are some videos posted online that show distraught parents pleading with police to go inside and rescue the children or at least allow them to go in to help their kids.
**Some Video May Be Disturbing**
~ Additional Timeline Details Emerge
There was no armed officer at the school.
According to this CNN video report - when asked if there was an armed security officer at the school when Ramos entered, a Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) official answered “No. There was not an officer readily available, armed. No.”
2. Not only did Ramos enter the building unobstructed, he was also hanging around outside for 12 minutes firing shots!
From the Wall Street Journal: “Local residents voiced anger Thursday about the time it took to end the mass shooting at an elementary school here, as police laid out a fresh timeline that showed the gunman entered the building unobstructed after lingering outside for 12 minutes firing shots.”
“Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, gave a new timeline of how the now-deceased gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, walked into Robb Elementary School, barricaded himself in a classroom and killed 19 children and two teachers.”
“Mr. Escalon said he couldn’t say why no one stopped Ramos from entering the school during that time Tuesday. Most of the shots Ramos fired came during the first several minutes after he entered the school, Mr. Escalon said.”
“People who arrived at the school while Ramos locked himself in a classroom, or saw videos of police waiting outside, were furious.”
“The police were doing nothing,” said Angeli Rose Gomez, who after learning about the shooting drove 40 miles to Robb Elementary, where her children are in second and third grade. “They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”
School Security is going to be a huge topic of debate going forward.