Texas school shooting update: Uvalde police were waiting for protective gear during the shooting, investigation finds


UVALDE, Texas — According to a preliminary assessment of the Robb Elementary School shooting, state investigators believe the decision to delay police entry into the classroom was made to allow time protective equipment to arrive at the scene, an official informed of a closed session. -door presentation by the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, tells ABC News.

The expectation of protective gear contradicts the active shooter protocols that have been adopted by law enforcement across the country for the past 20 years.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steven McCraw met with Texas lawmakers in a lengthy closed session Thursday at the state capitol in Austin, during which he briefed them of his agency’s ongoing review of the massacre that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

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The DPS information is based, in part, on transcripts of 911 calls, audio recordings and body cameras, sources said. The review is ongoing and the DPS’s preliminary findings have not been made public.

A source confirmed to ABC News that the incident commander, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, appeared to be aware that police needed to move more quickly as gunshots were fired. drawn in two classrooms.

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“People are going to ask why we’re taking so long,” according to one of the transcripts, relayed by the official to ABC News. Investigators believe the statement was uttered by Arredondo during the 77-minute attack.
The New York Times first reported the quote and details of the DPS information.

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Chief Arredondo arrived at Robb Elementary School without his radio, according to an official briefed on the investigation. Investigators still don’t know whether or not he used a radio borrowed from one of the other officers at the scene.

Investigators also uncovered social media posts suggesting the shooter planned to acquire firearms as part of an attack and suggesting he may not survive, the official said.

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The number of people injured or killed does not include the suspect or perpetrator. These graphs show the number of victims in all mass shootings for the past five years.

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