Just as is always the case with such tragic events, important new details are emerging in the days following the Uvalde school shooting.
According to several eyewitnesses, police took their time entering the building after the gunmen breached the Uvalde elementary school.
19 children and two teachers were killed during the attack.
Texas officials are now investigating the actions of the police officers present during the attack, or lack thereof..
Witnesses claim that it took upwards of 40 minutes before police entered the building.
A video shows onlookers yelling and pleading with police to enter the building.
“Go in there! Go in there!” a woman can be heard screaming in the video.
Another man, Javier Cazares, lost his fourth grade daughter in the attack.
At one point he brought up the idea to rally the bystanders to charge the school as the police did nothing.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” Cazares said.
“More could have been done.”
Texas officials are investigating if police acted quickly enough to stop the Uvalde school shooter https://t.co/yPe9PnNN7P
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 26, 2022
USA Today reports on these breaking new details:
Texas officials are scrutinizing law enforcement’s response to the first reports that a gunman had breached a Uvalde elementary school Tuesday to determine whether officers failed to act quickly enough before the attacker killed 19 children and two teachers.
Authorities are focusing on an early timeline of law enforcement’s convergence on Robb Elementary School, as some community members pleaded for officers to storm the building, where the 18-year-old gunman had barricaded himself in a fourth grade classroom where most victims died.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house. The officers did not immediately enter the building, Carranza said.
Footage shows the officers hesitating to enter the building:
Footage from the shooting in Texas appears to show police in Uvalde restraining parents and even pinning one to the ground rather than confronting the shooter as he was slaughtering their children. pic.twitter.com/LmVJjlO9Wm
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 26, 2022
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) May 26, 2022
Onlookers urged police to charge into the Texas grade school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, a witness says. The rampage lasted upwards of 40 minutes, ending when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team. https://t.co/Q11bo5eR6j
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 26, 2022
The Associated Press also reports:
Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.
Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still gathered outside the building.
Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”
“They were unprepared,” he added.
Reports show that Uvalde police stood outside while little kids were being murdered. Same thing happened in Columbine and Parkland.
If true, fire the cowards and prosecute them for dereliction of duty.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 26, 2022
The more we learn about the police's performance during the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the more troubling questions and issues arise.
The worst is why police didn't immediately breach the room where the students where killed.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) May 26, 2022
So let me get this straight.. in Uvalde, TX
A troubled man who was known to Police & exhibited dangerous signs, shoots his grandma & goes on a chase w/ Police.
Opens a door in a school that was not suppose to be open and was left a lone for 1hr and 30min as cops waited outside?
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) May 26, 2022
I can not stop thinking about Uvalde. I feel so uneasy & as the details unfold it just gets worse! The lack of protection from police who stood there. The parents outside of the school begging as they heard their own children screaming inside!! Horror!! I would lose my mind!!!
— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) May 26, 2022