Questions swirled on Thursday as new information contradicted much of the original coverage of Tuesday’s horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 young children and three adults.
For the past two days, the dominant narrative has been that 18-year-old Salvador Ramos overtook the police and overwhelmed school security on his way to commit unspeakable atrocities at Robb Elementary School. Democratic politicians and left-wing media representatives immediately pushed for gun control measures as the only viable response.
But within 24 hours, the account has changed dramatically, raising new questions about what else could have been done to prevent the attack.
Talking to reporters On Thursday, Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, reported that Ramos entered Robb Elementary School “unopposed” through an unlocked door before barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom and opening fire on students and staff.
And contrary to original reports, the gunman never encountered an armed school security guard on his way into the building. Escalon said that although the school normally has an armed school security officer in position, “there was no readily available armed officer” when Ramos arrived on Tuesday.
The bombing revisions come as local law enforcement agencies continue to face mounting criticism over the time that elapsed before Border Patrol agents stormed the building.
According to the Associated PressTexas DPS spokesman Travis Considine announced Thursday that about an hour had elapsed between Ramos entering the school and a Border Patrol tactical unit rushing in to neutralize him.
Considine said Ramos began his killing spree at 11:40 a.m. An hour later, federal agents entered, and at 12:58 p.m., a radio call declared that the gunman was dead.
Several outlets reported earlier Thursday that parents, apparently distraught during the attack, had gathered outside the school and urged police to enter the building and stop the gunman.
A video, posted on TikTok, appears to show a large group of parents pleading with officers in the parking lot. another video, obtained from CNNcaptures parents arguing outside the school and yelling at the police while officers set up crime scene tape.
CNN too spoke to a parent who allegedly asked officers to give him a gun and a vest so he could storm into the school himself.
“I myself told one of the officers if they don’t want to go in, let me borrow his gun and a vest and I’ll go in myself to take care of it and they told me no,” the parent recalled Robert Luna, adding that he wanted officers to “go in and get rid of this man, this shooter”.
“I mean, it took them a while to get in there. I mean, this tragedy happened like kids didn’t find out,” he continued. “They did their job, but they could have done it faster before this man went to school.”
Another parent, Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter was killed in the attack, said the AP He was also upset that the police didn’t seem to be doing enough, and considered assembling a group of parents who stormed into the school with him.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything they’re supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done…they were caught off guard.”
However, it remains unclear when exactly the videos were recorded. It is also not clear whether further efforts by the police would have saved lives. In truth, many of the details surrounding the incident are still unclear at best.
On Wednesday, DPS Lieutenant Christopher Olivarez praised the work of law enforcement, noting how they methodically moved from classroom to classroom, smashing windows to allow students to escape.
In order not to allegedly rush into the building en masse, Olivarez said, “There wasn’t enough manpower at the time, and their primary focus was to prevent further deaths.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/texas-shooter-entered-unobstructed-no-school-security Questions are mounting as police now say the Texas gunman entered Robb Elementary School “unhindered” through an unlocked door, an hour passed before border agents stormed the building