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Video footage from inside Robb Elementary School in Texas is painting a different picture compared to statements from authorities who did not immediately breach a classroom door to confront an active shooter.
The video shows multiple officers armed with rifles and a ballistic shield by 11:52 a.m.
However, they didn’t breach the classroom door and kill the gunman for nearly an hour. The gunman was able to kill 19 children and two adults during that critical time period.
Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo claimed that the situation had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject, but this wasn’t true.
The police chief falsely claimed that there was “time to retrieve the keys and wait for a tactical team with the equipment to go ahead and breach the door.” In reality, there wasn’t time for this to occur as children were being shot and killed inside the classroom.
According to the timeline, the 18-year-old gunman entered the school at 11:33 a.m. and opened fire. Within three minutes, 11 officers entered the school. An officer is seen with a ballistic shield at 11:52 a.m. Two more officers with ballistics shields arrived at 12:03 p.m. and 12:05 p.m.
There were numerous 911 calls from inside the classroom while the officers refused to take action. These calls occurred at 12:03, 12:10, 12:13, 12:16, 12:19, and 12:36 p.m.
The gunman was heard still firing shots inside the classroom at 12:21 p.m.
Law enforcement officers are shown on video inside Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School at 12:04 p.m. on May 24.
They have guns. They have shields.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 21, 2022
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Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. (Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News/Handout via REUTERS)
As ballistic shields and additional firepower arrived at the scene, some officers were questioning the plan. According to the Texas Tribune, a special agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrived about 20 minutes after the shooting started and immediately asked if there were still children in the classrooms. He then reportedly said: “If there is, then they just need to go in.”
Another officer replied that it was unclear if there were any children in the classrooms and the special agent again reiterated the need “to go in there.” The special agent was then told that whoever was in charge would determine that, the Tribune reported. The special agent then began to help evacuate other children who were still in the school.
BREAKING: Multiple officers were inside Robb Elementary School with rifles and at least one ballistic shield at 11:52 a.m. the day of the shooting, new video and other evidence shows. They didn’t enter the classroom for another 58 minutes. More soon via @statesman and @KVUE. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/0BcYgq2hcQ
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) June 20, 2022