The shooting took place three days following the gunman of 18 killed 19 students, two teachers,
and injured another 17 in a fourth-grade room in Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, big
questions remain over how the authorities responded killings, as well as FBI as well as other
agencies, are being urged to look into.
After the incident, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised law enforcement for “showing amazing
courage,” however, the people who were present at the scene — including some who were
parents of the victims were quick to claim that police did not perform enough quickly and
effectively. Uvalde’s local police as well as the state police, have also provided conflicting
reports of their actions during the time the shooter was inside the school’s building.
The situation became more complicated during a press conference on Friday afternoon when
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw acknowledged that officers took
“the wrong decision” in approaching the school.
Police believed it was a student who was barricaded in the school, and not an active shooter
situation, McCraw said, and the commander on the scene chief of police for Uvalde schools
believed “there were no kids at risk,” McCraw declared.
“Of course, with the perspective of the hindsight. … This was a bad decision. The decision was
not a good one,” McCraw said -which could have led two students to dial 911 while others lay in
a coma or were dragged to death.
It was clear that there had been a sharp distinction between earlier official statements that
described the response of the police as prompt, and the press conference on Friday and press
conference, which was held in the face of growing evidence that contradicts. It was, however,
the latest in a long string of contradictory statements. Incorrect information and conflicting
reports even from authorities are not uncommon in the initial days following an incident.
However, three days after the shooter entered Robb Elementary, the slits in the story are
exploding and there is a myriad of questions not being answered.
What transpired when the police arrived at the school? What transpired in the 90 minutes that
passed between the gunman’s entrance into the school and the police killing him? The
hesitation of police officers in going into the school cost students’ lives? What was the reason
the Border Patrol tactical team told to remain back from going up to the gunman?
The details that have been revealed about what the police did and didn’t do from 11:30 am until
just after 1:30 pm paint the picture of a murky and unclear picture. Some details indicate that the
police did not actually, attempt to stop the shooter as fast as they could.
We know what we know based on the latest disclosures from the law enforcement community,
media reports, and witnesses’ accounts regarding the way in which police responded — and the
reason that bystanders believe there’s more to this incident.
What we know about time-line
The most complete timeline of the events thus far is based on claims made in press
conferences by law enforcement held on Friday and Thursday.
On Tuesday, November 28, at 11:28 am the shooter drove his grandmother’s pickup near the
school. (He was just about to shoot his grandmother, who was 66 years old, to the side of her
face. She survived and is now in good health, according to Texas Department of Public Safety
Regional Director Victor Escalon.)
After he left the vehicle, he was carrying his rifle and bag (which officers have learned contained
ammunition) He fired at two individuals who were running out of the Hillcrest Memorial Funeral
Home across the street. Two people were not injured.
The gunman jumped over the fence that separated the campus and then began firing at the
school through the car park.
Police received their first 911 call around 11:30 am. The caller told them about the crash, and
also the driver was carrying an assault weapon.
Starting at 11:33 The gunman fired over 100 rounds. At 11:40, the gunman moved into the west
of the school’s building.
This is when the official stories begin to contradict each other. On Wednesday, police claimed
that the man was an officer at the school who was armed On the following day, Escalon said the
gunman entered the building unhindered through an unlocked entrance to the school.
At 11:35 the police personnel comprising personnel from both the Uvalde Police Department
and the Independent School District Police Department, the school district’s Police force were in
the school. A half-hour later the school was occupied by 19 students in this school. McCraw
reported on a Friday.
The gunman was locked in the classroom and fired on his way out.
Initial police officers “received gunfire” and didn’t “make entry initially because of the gunfire
they are receiving,” Escalon explained and they would “take rounds,” then “move back, get
In the meantime, officers were requesting additional resources like special equipment, tactical
teams Body armor, precise riflemen, and negotiators. officers from officers were exiled, students
The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at around
noon, which was much earlier than they had previously been, McCraw said on Friday. They did
not enter the classroom to shoot the shooter until 12:50 pm approximately an hour after the
shooter had entered the school. Uvalde police officers stopped the gunman from entering,
McCraw said, even after they heard gunshots.
At 12:15 at night A 911 call alerted officials that around eight or nine students were still alive.
Officials are trying to determine if any of those children passed away or did not survive.
At 12:36, just an hour after the first police arrived, a young girl called 911. She was told to be
At 12:47 she begged for them to “please send the police now.”
It is believed that the Border Patrol tactical team did not even enter the classrooms until after
the incident, McCraw explained. What was the role of the police in the school almost 90 minutes
following the gunman’s entrance, the reason they were delayed for so long when children called
911, and what happened to “eight to nine students” who were alive as of 12:15 pm remains
The contradictory reports
The press conference held on Friday flatly did not agree with previous reports from law
enforcement agencies, reports that have often already been contradictory.
The following day, McCraw, director of the director of theTexas Director of the Department of
Public Safety, claimed the officer “engaged” the shooter. But, the officials on Thursday reported
that there was not an officer who confronted the shooter upon his arrival.
The following day, McCraw said that Uvalde police arrived, and right away in the school
“engaged the active shooter and continued to keep him pinned down in that location.” A reporter
inquired what time the officers were involved with shooters McCraw replied, “within 40 minutes
or some time, maybe within an hour. I’m not going give you a specific timeline,” then repeated
that officers were engaged “immediately.”
Police retracted their statement on Thursday, saying there were no police on the scene at the
time the shooter was brought to the scene. McCraw’s press conference Friday detailed a totally
different set of events where officers did not immediately get into the scene and did not engage
the shooter. The rapid, aggressive response that was described in previous police press
conferences wasn’t the case.
Other police reports have raised more questions regarding what happened in the 90 minutes.
Public Safety Department Lt. Chris Olivarez told the Today show on Wednesday that as police
arrived at the school, the school, they heard gunshots echoing out of the school. He also said
on CBS Mornings on Wednesday that they “could see the shooter.” The gunman “barricaded
himself inside” the classroom, he claimed Today that the gunman was “shooting numerous
children and teachers that were in that classroom, having no regard for human life.”
According to Olivarez, the police tried to enter the school, but the shooter fired at them in
addition “there was no way they were able to make entry,” which led police to break windows to
aid students in escape and to maintain the “primary focus” on evacuating children.
Olivarez said to CNN Thursday night that the officers who responded first to the scene waited
for the arrival of a tactical team since they could be shot when they tried to confront the gunman
on their own: “The active shooter situation is a situation where you’re trying to stop the murder
You want to protect the life of others, but you also need to remember one thing — obviously the
American citizens must understand is that police have gained entry into the building. They don’t
exactly where the suspect is. They hear shots. They hear shots.”
He went on to say: “At that point, if they proceeded any further not knowing where the suspect
was at, they could’ve been shot, they could’ve been killed, and that gunman would have had an
opportunity to kill other people inside that school.”
The report stated that a pupil was believed to have died within the time it took for officers to get
into the school, which left parents to wonder whether she’d still be alive if she had been taken to
the hospital earlier.
The eyewitnesses paint a more complete picture of what transpired during the 90
minutes The contradictory policy narratives could partially be due to the difficulty of trying to put together a complex and tragic incident according to Escalon said. “There’s plenty of information as well as lots of moving components. We have many individuals involved with this inquiry. … The role is to present the facts and find the answers. But we’re not there yet.” he told reporters on Thursday.
However, critics, including innocent bystanders, say the police’s accounts are inconsistent because the officers didn’t complete their job.
The witnesses at the scene said officers were not even there. Angeli Rose Gomez told the Wall Street Journal that she went to school after learning about the incident and saw officers “just waiting on the outside of the fence. They weren’t entering the school or running around.” After insisting on officers going inside, she claimed federal marshals had arrested her for interfering with an investigation.
One person, Juan Carranza, who lives right across the same street as the school informed The Associated Press that a woman shouted at the officers outside the school several times for them to “Go in there,” but they did not. Another man, Javier Cazares, told the news outlet the news service that “more could have been done” as his daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the shooting and as Javier Cazares arrived at the school, he attempted to think of a way to enter the school because the police were still on the outside.
Others were stuck on the floor, sprayed, or tasered according to Gomez she claimed she was able to get to the school and rescue her son after convincing officers to let her loose. When asked about the news reports, on the 14th of June, Escalon said, “I have heard that information, but we have not verified that yet.”
Videos uploaded to YouTube from the incident at the front of the school, show police blocking parents’ access and securing one to the ground while others yelled for being allowed into the school, and called on police to “Get your ass inside that building!” One officer attempted to convince parents they would take charge of the situation, and that police were active in removing children from the premises, to which one mother replied, “Bullshit, he ain’t dead yet,” suggesting that the shooter was firing.
The Washington Post reported that shots could still be heard at 12:52 pm, based on radio broadcasts. The shooting ended at 1:06 pm. Uvalde authorities announced on the internet that the shooting had been ended.
A fourth-grader who was able to escape the attack after hiding under the table revealed what happened as the police showed up in the classroom.
“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” the boy told. “The police officer walked into the classroom. The student fired at the officer. The cops began firing.” They ended up getting one of the students killed, according to the account of the student’s survivor.
These incidents raise questions regarding the role played by police officers when it comes to
shootings and is reviving debate over the extent to which law enforcement and other security
measures help keep communities and schools safe.
In the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in 2018, the sole police officer armed outside the
school was standing in the street and did nothing when the shooter killed 17 students and
wounded 17 others. The shooter was accused with charges of negligent child care, criminal
negligence, and perjury. He could be sentenced to death should he be found guilty.
It is the Uvalde School District which has an area of around 16,000 people, has the benefit of a
thorough safety plan which included 21 “preventative security measures” that have been
implemented to improve school security, which include hiring four police officers, having staff
who monitor entrances to the school, and hiring professionals trained to evaluate threats and
check social media for any threats.
The plan also included the installation of perimeter fencing, and security cameras and providing
schools with metal detectors that could be carried on their mobiles and radios to communicate
with the campus. Teachers were also required to keep their classrooms closed throughout the
day. The district’s school’s bullying and threat reporting system was intended to identify the
signs of trouble early. The school invested $450,000 in security and monitoring in the fiscal year
2019-20 that’s up from the $200,000 spent prior to that, CNN reported. Uvalde Police
Department Uvalde Police Department has previously boasted about their SWAT Team via
social media however it’s not known if that team was involved in responding to the shooting.
Despite these conflicting narratives and a timeline strewn with gaps, nearly two days after the
tragedy the officials continued to praise themselves for their response, until the abrupt change of
heart at the press conference on Friday.
“If those officers weren’t there if they did not maintain their presence, there is a good chance
that gunman could have made it to other classrooms and committed more killings,” Olivarez told
reporters on Thursday night.