Texas law enforcement officials defended their response to the shooting at Yuvarde Elementary School in a question about why police officers waited an hour to engage a shooter who killed 19 children and two teachers. ..
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Victor Escalon, regional director of the Southern Texas Regional Public Safety Department, said it was a “complex situation” at Rob Elementary School on Tuesday.
Escalon said there were “many officers” outside the fourth grade classroom, but what law enforcement agencies did while waiting for the border guard team to eventually kill the shooter’s arrival. I refused to elaborate on what was happening. He said they had negotiators on the ground, but later added that the shooters had no demands.
Escalon also said there were no school resource officers on site, as officials, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, first said. At a press conference on Wednesday, Abbott said the officer “approached the shooter and engaged the shooter.” Escalon said Thursday that not only did police officers not engage in shootouts with shooters, but there were no police officers.
Abbott and McLaugh also said the archer barricaded himself in the classroom. When asked for more details on Thursday, Escalon did not provide any further information.
“We’ve been given a lot of bad information, so clear all of this now and explain that your officer was there for an hour — yes, rescue people — but No one was able to enter the room yet? “CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz asked. Escalon said he would eventually answer the question, but said it would take time to clarify the “reason.”
Escalon press conference Followed a written statement From the Yuvalde police chief Daniel Rodriguez, he said,[understood] Questions have emerged about the details of what happened, “but police responded” within minutes “and suffered a gunshot wound. Police also had to withdraw the first statement that the shooter wore a bulletproof vest.
Since Wednesday night, law enforcement officers on the ground have milled outside the school, urging parents to enter the building and asking them to rent equipment so they can try to save their children. Reports are continuing.
The Associated Press reported late Wednesday that police had been waiting outside school for at least 40 minutes while parents and spectators were urging them to do something.
“The police aren’t doing what they expected, so let’s hurry,” Javier Casares, whose daughter Jacklin was killed in the attack, told AP. “I should have done more.”
“There were 5 or 6 [us] Father, hear the gunshot, and
[police officers] I was telling you to go back. “ Casares told The Washington Post.. “We didn’t care about us. We wanted to be a storm
building. I said “let’s go” because that was our concern and we wanted to take the baby out. “
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday afternoon The one mother was “one of many parents who began to encourage police and other law enforcement agencies to enroll in school, first politely and then more urgently, a few minutes later, the Commonwealth. A sheriff approached her, handcuffed her, and told her she was arrested for intervening in an aggressive investigation.
Angeli Rose Gomez, who had children in grades 2 and 3, told the journal: The scene around her was desperate. She said she saw her father being tackled by police and thrown to the ground and sprayed with her third pepper spray. Released from her cuffs, Gomes distanced from the crowd, jumped over the school fence, and she stepped in and grabbed her two children. She left school with them. “
One of the victims’ aunt New York TimesSaid that her niece’s stepfather was detained and handcuffed by police when she tried to help her.
“No one said anything to him,” said his niece Desiree Garza.
Amerie Joe was killed. “He was trying to find him. He wanted to know where his daughter was.”
About 7 minutes of video posted on social media Police have shown that they are detaining their parents outside of school and appear to support the report, including detaining one on the ground.Yuvarde, a small city with a population of about 16,000, spends about 40% of the year City budget To the police.
When asked about reports that his parents had asked an officer to do something, Escalon said he had heard the information but had not yet confirmed it.
“We need to understand that we are getting a lot of information that we are trying to track and see what is true,” says Escalon.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Escalon provided an up-to-date timeline for filming.After destroying the truck of his grandmother who shot his face (Escalon said the woman was alive and stable), the shooter identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was through what was believed. It becomes an unlocked door around 11:40 am when I entered school
Four minutes later, Uvalde and the district police engaged the archer, but hid himself when shot. Authorities did not enroll in school because of the shooting, Escalon said and asked for help.
“Tactical teams. We need equipment. We need special equipment. We need precision riflemen and negotiators,” Escalon said, adding that police officers were evacuating students and teachers during this time. An hour later, a border guard agent killed Ramos.
Abbott praised the police response at a press conference Wednesday.
“The reality may have been as scary as it happened,” Abbott said Wednesday. They showed amazing courage by running towards a shootout for the sole purpose of trying to save lives. And it is true that they were able to save their lives because they were able to respond quickly to the scene, respond to the shooters, and eliminate the shooters. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. “
In an interview on Wednesday evening San Antonio Outlet KENS5The fourth grader, who said he was hiding in the classroom, showed that police officers’ actions could have shot another child hiding from the shooter.
“When the policeman came, he said,” Loud if you need help! “And one of the people in my class said,” Help. ” The man listened to her and he went in and shot her, “said the boy. “The policeman broke into the classroom. The man shot the policeman. And the policeman started shooting.”
There were few details about what happened on Tuesday, as law enforcement did not provide a press conference that was televised on Tuesday night.Abbott briefly talked about shooting Late afternoon Before participating in the campaign fundraiser. The school district leader made a brief statement without providing details or asking questions.
Lieutenant Christopher Olivares of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday morning that authorities were still collecting information about what had happened.
“I can tell you now. As a father myself, I would like to join, but that’s an unstable situation,” Olivares said when asked about Casares’ comments. rice field. “We are in an aggressive shooting situation and are trying to prevent further loss of life. As long as they want to go to the school, sending individuals to the school, especially if not armed, can not.”
According to Olivares, the school had a surveillance video that the FBI had obtained.