Many people are questioning the police response to the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
On May 24, Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother, got into a truck and drove toward the elementary school a few miles away. He crashed his truck into a ditch outside the school then grabbed an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and shot at two people outside a nearby funeral home who ran away uninjured.
He made his way into the school, which had a security guard on-site before he shot and killed 19 kids and two teachers before he was killed by an off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent who is a member of the CBP’s elite Border Patrol Tactical Unit.
Texas law enforcement officials are being accused of “being strangely opaque” about what actually happened during the shooting, Vice reported.
It’s been reported that two police officers and a security officer had a chance to confront the killer, who while armed was not wearing body armor, but decided to call for backup. This decision is raising questions. Especially as parents confronted police outside of the school during the shooting and demanded authorities do more, according to reports.
In a video, which has since gone viral on Twitter, parents can be seen arguing with law enforcement officers while they were setting a perimeter during the Texas school shooting.
People are also questioning the police timeline of the incident and their response. When asked how much time passed between the gunman arriving at the school and the gunman being killed, Texas’ Director of Public Safety Steve McCraw could not give reporters a definitive answer, Vice reported.
“Forty minutes, an hour,” he said. “But I don’t want to give you a particular timeline.”
“Bottom line, law enforcement was there, they did engage immediately, they did contain him in a classroom,” he added. “They put a tactical stack together, in a very orderly way, and breached and assaulted the individual.”
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If there was a failure to respond by onsite security, it could lead to the same fate as former Parkland, Florida, school safety officer Scot Peterson who failed to confront the gunman when 17 people were killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a 2018 mass school shooting. Peterson was arrested in 2019 on multiple charges, including child neglect and perjury, NBC reported.
Seventeen students, teachers, and staff were killed in the shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Another 17 were injured. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
Photo: Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)