- Police officers waited almost an hour for backup in the Uvalde shooting.
- Experts have questioned why the police did not storm the gunman faster and end the massacre.
- Salvador Ramos, 18, spray-painted classrooms with bullets, leaving 19 children and two teachers dead.
Nearly 20 police officers waited for nearly an hour at a time outside classrooms, where an armed man killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, even though panicked 911 calls were made from inside the rooms, asking police to intervene, authorities said. Friday.
At least one child and one teacher made several calls to the 911 emergency number from the two connecting classrooms after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos came in with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, according to Colonel Steven McCraw, director of Texas. Department of Public Safety.
In hindsight, McCraw told reporters at a news briefing, “it was the wrong decision” for the commander on the spot to wait for a specially trained tactical team before attempting to enter the classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
A person McCraw did not identify called the 911 line several times from 12:03 p.m., telling police in a whisper that there were more dead and that there were still “eight to nine” students alive, the colonel said. A student called at 12:47 and asked the operator to “please send the police now.”
The officers did not enter the classroom until 6 p.m. 12.50, according to McCraw, as the U.S. Border Patrol’s tactical team used keys from a janitor to open the locked door and kill Ramos.
Several officers had an initial shootout with Ramos shortly after he entered the school at 11:33 a.m. when two officers were grazed by bullets. There were as many as 19 officers in the hallway at 12:03 p.m., McCraw said – at the same time as the first 911 call from inside the classroom was received.
Police found 142 used rounds inside the school from Ramos’ rifle, as well as nearly two dozen more on the school property outside the building, McCraw said.
Videos that surfaced Thursday showed hectic parents urging police to storm the school during the attack, with some to be detained by police.
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Children called 911 from the classroom during the Texas massacre as police waited outside – officially
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