The Austin American-Statesman and the Texas Tribune reported Monday that authorities have pieced together a timeline of the May 24 mass shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children, using both body camera footage of officers and school surveillance videos.
The timeline suggests officers had the resources to step in sooner to arrest the shooter. Authorities in Uvalde were widely criticized for waiting more than an hour to enter the room where gunman Salvador Ramos was locked up.
The schedule is expected to be presented Tuesday at the special meeting of the Texas Senate Committee on Gun Violence and School Safety. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, is expected to testify in his first public comments since blaming District Police Chief Pete Arredondo for not issuing the order to enter the halls sooner class where the shooter was.
A reconstructed timeline shows that 11 officers who responded to the mass shooting were inside Robb Elementary three minutes after Ramos entered, according to the American statesman. Minutes after the shooter entered the school, Arredondo reportedly called a Uvalde Police Department landline for assistance.
“It’s an emergency right now,” he said, the American statesman reported. “We have it in the room. He has an AR-15. He shot a lot. … They have to be outside the building prepared because we don’t have firepower right now.
Arredondo added that he had no radio at the time. The chief told a dispatcher that responding officers “need to be prepped outside of this building.”
“Because we don’t have enough firepower right now,” he said, according to the American-Statesman. “These are all pistols and he has an AR-15.”
But video obtained by Texas media shows at least two officers were seen carrying guns. At 11:52 a.m. on May 24, officers were seen with rifles and at least one ballistic shield, media reported. Meanwhile, Arredondo was coordinating with a SWAT dispatcher to set up a team at a funeral home across the street.
“I need a gun. Wait,” he said, according to the Tribune. “I try to place it. I try to trap him.
When one of the Texas Department of Public Safety agents arrived 20 minutes after Ramos entered the school, the agent asked if any children were still inside, according to the Tribune.
“If there are, then they just have to come in,” the agent told his colleagues, the Tribune reported.
After another officer said it was “unknown at this time,” the DPS fired back, “You don’t know if there are kids in there? »
“If there are kids in there, we have to go,” the agent said.
The only response the DPS official received was from another officer on the scene, according to the Tribune: “Whoever is in charge will determine that.”
“Well, there are children here,” the agent replied. “So I take the kids out.”
As the state examines the response to the Uvalde shooting, the Justice Department is also considering what authorities might have done.