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Texas police admit mistakes in elementary school shooting when they were slow to act

Investigators look for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the day after the mass shooting. (Photo: AP)

Steven McCraw, leader of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), at a press conference on May 27 said that the police officer commanding the scene believed that 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos was just entrenched inside the classroom. at Robb Elementary and the students were no longer in danger, so did not immediately go inside.

“It was the wrong decision,” McCraw admitted. “There’s no excuse for that. When someone with a gun is still walking around freely, the rules of response have to change. At that point the priority isn’t to set up a safety belt. All Officers, regardless of which unit you are in, need to get in line, find out who’s shooting and kill that guy quickly.”

Mr. McCraw said that after Ramos entered the classroom, sporadic gunshots rang out for nearly 48 minutes, while police officers stood in the hallway. At the time, he said, officers could not determine if any children were killed.

According to the leader of DPS, during the time of the incident, shootingsteachers and students at Robb Elementary School repeatedly called 911 to ask for police help.

Four Border Patrol agents then entered the school and shot the suspect dead. Up to 19 police officers were standing outside in the hallway at the time, McCraw said.

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Texas Department of Public Safety leader Steven McCraw speaks during a news conference outside Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, on May 27. (Photo: AP)

Relatives and witnesses to the Robb Elementary School shooting have previously alleged that police at the scene did not act soon to stop the gunman.

Responding to questions about how police responded to the gunman, DPS spokesman Chris Olivarez confirmed that police did not act immediately but saved many lives.

Texas police are also trying to gather data and piece together events, and constantly change information about the evolution of the shooting. According to the latest information provided by DPS, the gunman Ramos was killed by border agents at 12:50 on May 24, not at 13:06 as previously reported.

On May 24, subject Ramos armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, locked the door of a classroom and opened fire on people inside. . At least 19 students and two teachers were killed in the attack.

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