Uvalde surveillance footage shows police response as gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults

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Uvalde surveillance footage shows police response as gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults

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Portions of surveillance footage of the Robb Elementary School shooting were published by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE on Tuesday ahead of a planned release by officials on Sunday. 

The footage shows the gunman, who authorities have identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, firing multiple shots from an AR-15 style rifle outside the school, then entering the building at 11:33 a.m. and shooting his way into adjoining classrooms. 

A barrage of more than 100 bullets were fired inside those two classrooms over the next two-and-a-half before seven officers ran into the school at 11:36, two of them armed with rifles and four others armed with handguns. 

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Officers were on the scene before the gunman entered the school, as one officer had the suspect in his rifle sights and asked permission to shoot, but the supervisor either didn’t hear the request or didn’t respond in time, allowing the suspect to enter the school, according to a report released by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. 

Regardless, the gunman appeared to fire from inside the classroom at 11:37 at the officers, who retreated back down the hallway. 

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Ballistic shields arrived at 11:52 a.m. and 12:04 p.m., along with other officers armed with rifles, bulletproof vests, helmets, and other tactical gear. 

At 12:21 p.m. officers walked down the hallway to position themselves closer to the classroom doorway. At 12:30, an officer can be seen walking over to a hand sanitizer dispenser and disinfecting his hands. 

The classroom door was finally breached at 12:50 p.m., 74 minutes after the first officers entered the school. 

  • Law Enforcement Officers at site of Uvalde shooting

    Heavily armed law enforcement personnel near the scene of a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. (REUTERS/Marco Bello  )

  • Uvalde Robb Elementary police response

    Law enforcement, and other first responders, gather outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP/Dario Lopez-Mills)

  • Children run to safety during a mass shooting

    Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022.  (Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News/Handout via REUTERS)

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw has cast the blame on Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo for the delayed response. 

“Three minutes after the suspect entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject,” McCraw told a special Texas senate committee that is investigating the shooting last month. 

“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.”

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Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin has defended the local police response, accusing McCraw of deflecting blame from state law enforcement. 

“Every briefing, he leaves out the number of his own officers and rangers that were on scene that day. He leaves out that during this time, every other classroom in the building was safely evacuated by Uvalde peace officers with the assistance of Border Patrol,” McLaughlin said at a Uvalde City Council meeting on June 21. 

  • Uvalde hearing

    Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, questioning Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw. (Fox New Digital)

  • Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference in Uvalde

    Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., May 24, 2022. Picture taken May 24, 2022.   (Mikala Compton/USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS)

Rep. Dustin Burrows, the chairman of the House committee investigating the shooting, said before the local news outlets published the footage that he would show the full video to the Uvalde community on Sunday followed by a full public releases. 

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“While I am glad that a small portion is now available for the public, I do believe watching the entire segment of law enforcement’s response, or lack thereof, is also important,” Burrows tweeted. 

“I am also disappointed the victim’s families and the Uvalde community’s requests to watch the video first, and not have certain images and audio of the violence, were not achieved.”

Paul Best is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Paul.best@fox.com and on Twitter: @KincaidBest. 

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