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Police Knew Texas Shooter Was in Room with Kids, Undermining Claim They Thought He Was Barricaded: Witnesses

Police Knew Texas Shooter Was in Room with Kids, Undermining Claim They Thought He Was Barricaded: Witnesses

Three days after a gunman entered Robb Middle School in Uvalde, 德克萨斯州, and opened fire, 杀戮 19 students and 2 teachers, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters that the incident commander on the scene made thewrong decisionto wait before breaching the classroom doors.

Col. Steven McCraw told reporters that the commander believed that the gunman had barricaded himself into an empty classroom, and that no children were at risk. “He believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” 他说, characterizing that assessment asthe wrong decision.

但现在, a week after the shooting, new video and witness accounts seem to dispute that narrative — pointing to the likelihood that cops knew that the gunman was in a room with anunknown number of kids.

Video obtained by 美国广播公司新闻, taken outside of the school appears to capture a 911 dispatcher telling officers that they were receiving calls from children who were still alive inside the classroom that the gunman had entered.

Child is advising he is in the room, full of victims,” the dispatcher can be heard saying in the video. “Full of victims at this moment.

A few minutes later, the dispatcher asked if any officers were inside the room — and said that there wereeight to nine childrenstill alive in the room.

Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers. Early stages outside the school. 信用: Uvalde Leader News free of charge.  Contact: Meghann Garcia: mgarcia@ulnnow.com 830 278 3335

Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers. Early stages outside the school. 信用: Uvalde Leader News free of charge. Contact: Meghann Garcia: mgarcia@ulnnow.com 830 278 3335
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Despite these calls, law enforcement waited for nearly an hour before entering the classroom and killing the suspect.

PEOPLE has spoken with multiple first responders — firefighters, paramedics and a police officer — who all say that they knew that the gunman was in the room with children, and that the shooting was ongoing while rescue operations continued.

Even bystanders at the scene heard the dispatcher’s reports to police officers. “We could all hear it, because the report was all over the police scanner,” says Arturo Lazaro, 44, whose two nieces escaped unhurt from the school. “Everyone there knew that he was in the room with kids. We all knew it was urgent. That’s why we were so frustrated when cops didn’t go into the room.

Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers. Early stages outside the school. 信用: Uvalde Leader News free of charge.  Contact: Meghann Garcia: mgarcia@ulnnow.com 830 278 3335

Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers. Early stages outside the school. 信用: Uvalde Leader News free of charge. Contact: Meghann Garcia: mgarcia@ulnnow.com 830 278 3335
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An officer on the scene who is not authorized to speak to the media tells PEOPLE that while he was outside the classroom, he knew that there were children in the room with the shooter. “It was an unknown number of kids,” 他说. “We didn’t know if it was 1 或者 50. But we knew he wasn’t in there alone. That’s why some of us wanted to bust in.

The gunshots went on for about 40 分钟” says ErnestChip” 国王, a Uvalde firefighter at the scene. “Fathers smashed windows, and physically pulled their kids out of classrooms. 一片混乱。”

PEOPLE’s request for comment from the Uvalde Police Department has not been returned.

学区 in Uvalde has opened an official accountFirst State Bank of Uvalde to support Robb Elementary families affected by the tragedy. People can send checks through the mail (payable to theRobb School Memorial Fund“) or donate money through Zelle to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com. People can also donate by calling 830-356-2273.