Texas police made a “wrong choice” by failing to intervene immediately in the Uvalde elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.
The state’s chief security officer, Steven McCraw, said so Friday. “It was the wrong decision. Period,” McCraw said.
Among other things, the local police waited for a special police team to enter the classroom and take out the gunman. According to McCraw, it should have been different. As a result, it took a long time before action was taken. McCraw said the commander at the scene believed none of the students in the room was alive.
McCraw also released a timetable of events on Friday. The 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos entered the school at 11:33 a.m. local time.
The first officers arrived within two minutes and not long after, nineteen officers were in the school. But no one broke into the room where Ramos carried out a massacre. In the end, the special police team did not take out the shooter until 12:51 pm.
During the shooting, students from the school called the emergency number several times.