Uvalde Shooter Fired Gun Meant for 12 Minutes Outside School Before Entering

A local director for the Texas Division of Public Safety, said he couldn’t say exactly why no one stopped the deceased gunman

Update (1630ET):   The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas  lingered outside for 12 a few minutes firing shots  at individuals in a funeral home down the street, before scaling a fence onto school grounds where he fired more shots. Then he entered the school and barricaded himself in a classroom before opening fire, according to the  Wall Street Journal .

Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Security, said he couldn’t state why no one stopped  the deceased gunman , 18 year-old Salvador Ramos, from entering the school in that time Tuesday. Most of the shots Ramos fired came during the first several minutes when he entered the school, Mister. Escalon said.

DPS officials  previously said   an armed college officer confronted Ramos as he arrived at the school. Mr. Escalon said Thursday that details was incorrect and no one particular encountered Ramos as he reached the school. “ There was not an officer readily available and equipped, ” Mr. Escalon stated. -WSJ

Ramos began Tuesday early morning shooting his grandmother hard, then using her truck to drive to the school – crashing it into a say goodbye to at around 11: twenty-eight am according to a timeline laid out by Escalon.

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Texas police ignored pleas from distraught parents as a gunman had been left alone for  up to an hour  at a Texas elementary school – killing 19 kids and two teachers, just before a Border Patrol real estate agent charged into the school plus killed the suspect.

Go in there! Use there! ” females shouted at the police immediately after the attack began, according to neighbor Juan Carranza, exactly who told the  Associated Press   in regards to the parents’ efforts to get the law enforcement to confront the shooter. Carranza said the officers  did not go in .

Minutes earlier,   Carranza had watched as Salvador Ramos crashed his truck into a ditch outside the school, grabbed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and photo at two people outside a nearby funeral home   who ran aside uninjured.

Officials say  he “ encountered” a school district security official outside the school , although there were conflicting reports from authorities on whether the men exchanged gunfire. After running inside, he fired upon two arriving Uvalde law enforcement officers who were outside the building, mentioned Texas Department of General public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. The police officers were hurt. – RealClear National politics

One parent, Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade child Jacklyn was killed in the attack, said he ran to the school when this individual heard about the shooting, only to find that police weren’t moving in.

Let’s just rush within because the cops aren’t performing anything like they are supposed to , ” he mentioned, adding “ More might have been done. ”

“ There were five or six of [us] fathers, hearing the particular gunshots, and [police officers] were telling all of us to move back, ” he told the  Washington Post . “ We didn’t value us. We wanted to thunderstorm the building. We were saying, ‘ Let’s go’ because that is how worried we were, and wanted to get our babies out. ”

One clip shows officers  tackling parents away from school   to prevent them from rushing in. However , the precise timeline from the below videos compared to what was happening inside the school continues to be unclear…

That said,   it now appears as if several cops may have entered the school  to save their own children while the capturing was unfolding and the moms and dads were being held back.

After Ramos entered the school, he charged into one classroom and began to open fire. Based on Lt. Christopher Olivarez from the Department of Public Basic safety, he “ barricaded themself by locking the door and started shooting children and teachers that were inside that will classroom. ”

According to Department of General public Safety Director Steve McCraw, it took between forty minutes and 1 hour from when Ramos began starting fire to when the CBP agent, backed by their tactical team, shot him.

Two Uvalde police officers were among the first within the scene – engaging the shooter after he had inserted the building when they were both shot and injured.

“ When the cops came, the cop stated: ‘ Yell if you need assist! ‘ And one of the people in my class said ‘ help. ‘ The [shooter] overheard and came in and shot the girl, ” a boy who hid under a table in the classroom told  KENS5   news. “ The police officer barged into that class room. The guy shot in the cop. And the cops began shooting. ”

Of note, in the  1999 massacre from Columbine High School   in Colorado, police waited outside the school and failed to enter until almost two hours after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold started shooting— and an hour right after they’d committed suicide. Meanwhile, they killed a dozen college students and a teacher.

Columbine shocked the nation plus marked a shift in tactical philosophy: Police officers are now expected to enter buildings along with active shooters as rapidly as possible, regardless of their tools or training.

As a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department  briefing   on the topic clarifies,   “ Officials realize and accept the dangers, they also realize if they do nothing, more people will pass away or be injured than if they had taken action. ”

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