Texas cops did ‘nothing’ to stop school shooter – parents — Analysis
Uvalde police could not explain why it took them over an hour to open a door barricaded and shoot the gunman.
Uvalde Texas police officials refused to speak on Thursday about why officers didn’t enter an elementary school to shoot a mass shooter. Both local and federal authorities were accused by parents. “doing nothing”to put an end to the chaos and handcuff all parents that attempted to intervene.
Salvador Ramos (18), killed 19 children, two adults, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, on Tuesday before being shot by Border Patrol agents.
The response of federal and local law enforcement officers to the grief-stricken community has been under intense scrutiny. Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety first claimed that Ramos was. “engaged”The gunman was shot by a school police officer as he attempted to enter the building. Victor Escalon, DPS Regional Director, stated that the gunman was dead. “was not confronted by anybody”He is on the way.
You can’t go out without being there. “barricaded himself”A spokesperson for DPS said Wednesday that the suspect entered a classroom to begin shooting at teachers and children inside. Although police arrived on the scene within minutes, Escalon said at a media briefing that officers were unable to enter the classroom and neutralize the threat for an hour.
Texas DPS Official refuses answer why officers weren’t allowed to enter the classroom while the Uvalde gunman was there killing children. pic.twitter.com/br2fdYruty
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 26, 2022
Pressed by journalists, Escalon would not explain why officers were unable to get into the classroom, telling the reporters that he’d “circle back”With an answer to your question at a later date.
“The police were doing nothing,”Angeli Rose Gomez has 2 children at Robb Elementary. She spoke to the Wall Street Journal. “They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”
Gomez stated that officers were not present in the time it took to find out about the shooting and get to school. Federal marshalls were contacted by Gomez to address her concerns. She was then handcuffed and taken into custody for interfering in an ongoing investigation. After local police convinced the marshalls to let her go, Gomez said that she jumped the school’s fence and rescued her two kids inside.
Video shared via social media revealed that Gomez was not the only one pleading for help from officers.
In a further twist to the story, the Wall Street Journal reported that when the three Border Patrol agents finally entered the classroom, they simply asked the school’s principal for a master key and unlocked the room’s door. According to the newspaper, one agent received a bullet wound, another had his shield broken and the third was shot with shrapnel. The suspect was then killed.
They are not known but believed to be based in Uvalde. Uvalde, located approximately 70 miles (120 km) away from Del Rio which is a border town and hotbed for illegal immigration.
Tuesday’s massacre in Uvalde was America’s deadliest school shooting since the bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 27 people, including 20 first-grade children, before turning his weapon on himself.
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