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Father of student killed in Uvalde calls surveillance footage ‘disappointing’, wants officers fired

The father of a student killed in the attack on Robb Elementary School says there is “no excuse” for police inaction seen in surveillance footage released this week.

In an interview with CNN, Vincent Salazar, the father of 11-year-old Leila Marie Salazar, called for the law enforcement officers to be fired because they simply “didn’t do their job.”

Video footage released Wednesday by the Austin American-Statesman showed several officers walking in and out of a hallway while a gunman remained inside a fourth-grade classroom, where he continued to fire for more than an hour. Nineteen students and two teachers died in the May 24 shooting.

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“I think the main thing that struck me was the, you know, the length of time they were there and the, you know, amount of law enforcement there just … not acting,” Salazar said. “There’s a shooter in the school, shots are being fired, and you’re just standing in the hallway.”

“There’s just no excuse for it.”

Surveillance footage showed three armed police entering the school at 11:36 a.m., three minutes after the shooter entered the school. Some police officers rushed to the classrooms but retreated when they heard gunfire.

Two of the officers suffered “abrasive wounds,” Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said earlier.

At 11:40 a.m., Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo, the scene commander who was inside the building at the time, called a Uvalde police landline and requested “a lot of firepower,” state police told The Associated Press .

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“We don’t have enough firepower right now, it’s all a gun, and he has an AR-15,” Arredondo told the dispatcher.

At 11:52 a.m., the first ballistic shield was brought into the school building, the video shows. The video continues to show parts of the hesitant response before officers burst into the classroom and killed the shooter at 12:50 p.m.

Salazar said the employees “didn’t do their job” and wanted to know why no one was fired.

“It’s disappointing because obviously you can see these guys were there, they just didn’t do their job,” he said. “And if one of us wasn’t doing our job, we wouldn’t have a job.”

Salazar said there were other omissions, such as how easy it was for the shooter to enter the school through an open door in a “sloppy” manner.

Even at the end of the school year, he said, they didn’t have to let their guard down.

“We all know that these schools are targets … I just can’t fathom how easy it was, you know, for him to just do what he did and, you know, somebody has to be held accountable for sure,” he said .

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Father of student killed in Uvalde calls surveillance footage ‘disappointing’, wants officers fired

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