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Sen. Roland Gutierrez said the details in the report, the videos, are not enough

UVALDE – – The full investigation report on the Texas house, as well as the hallway and CCTV footage from Robb Elementary, has now been released.

But the families of the shooting victims tell state Sen. Roland Gutierrez that’s not enough.

“Dude, we gotta get in there. We have to get in there. This kid is shooting,” one of the officers could be heard yelling on his body camera video in the first moments when shots rang out at Robb Elementary.

However, no one entered the classroom for 73 minutes.

That sense of urgency faded, with the new report calling officials inside “sloppy.”

In another officer’s body camera footage, law enforcement appears confused about what to do next, saying, “The ranger said they have a set of keys, but I don’t know. They said they were testing them.

Gutierrez is involved in these Texas Rangers and the entire state response.

“Families in my district expect to know who is responsible for their inaction,” he said.

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Gutierrez announced late last month that he was suing the Texas Department of Public Safety for failing to provide requested information about the response to the shooting. He said he was illegally denied access to the records after he filed an open records request.

Now the report of the investigation and the video have been published.

Asked if that was enough for his request, he said: “No, not at all. We asked where the DPS soldiers were stationed, when they arrived, where they went, who ordered them. None of that is in this report.

FULL REPORT: Read Texas House report on Uvalde school shooting, botched police response

Gutierrez has a court hearing scheduled for Aug. 4, when he said he will request more details about who knows what.

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“We see a Texas ranger walking around for 20 minutes, followed by the warden with the school’s layout. Then they both talk to someone. I need to know who they talked to, who ran the public safety department and why they just didn’t do anything,” Gutierrez said of the released surveillance footage.

Two weeks after the massacre, Gutiérrez established a field office in Uvalde. He said he talks to the victims’ families every day.

“I’ll talk to one or two or three of them every day. I spoke to three of them yesterday,” he said.

These grieving, angry families said they are looking for more than answers. They want accountability.

Families of shooting victims, community members react to Robb Elementary report

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“I want to know what level the Department of Public Safety is at, how high up this food chain they’ve gotten for someone to say, ‘come in, or don’t come in, or wait, or listen to this guy.’ Because what we know from this cross-examination is that they didn’t listen to Pete Arredondo. They were not taking orders from Pete Arredondo,” he said.

Gutierrez previously said he believes the state is using Uvalde CISD Police Chief Arredondo as a scapegoat, something DPS leadership denies.

“If a school cop who is responsible for breaking up cafeteria fights is the boy responsible, then we have a real problem in Texas because we had 91 state police officers there.” We had over 140 federal employees,” Gutierrez said.

One thing Gutierrez said he appreciated about the report was the lack of “finger-pointing.” Now he wants everyone to come to terms with their role.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement Monday regarding the Texas House of Representatives’ report on the investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting:

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“I want to thank Speaker Phelan and the Texas House for their investigation and for sharing a detailed account directly with the victims’ families and the Uvalde community. The findings in their investigation report are more than disturbing and raise serious concerns about the response that day. Critical changes are needed as a result of the Texas House findings. With numerous investigations still ongoing, including those by the Texas Senate, the FBI and the Texas Rangers, we will begin working with the Legislature to develop and implement the necessary changes to improve public safety, school safety, and the assessment and treatment of mental health.

Gutierrez has also asked Abbott to call a special session to discuss raising the age requirement to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21.

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In response, Abbott’s press secretary, Renae Eze, wrote in a statement:

“Governor Abbott has taken immediate action to address all aspects of the heinous crime that occurred in Uvalde, asking the Texas Legislature to also work on legislative recommendations to make schools safer, including addressing school safety, mental health, firearms safety, police training, social media, and more. As Governor Abbott has said from day one, all options remain on the table as he continues to work with state and local leaders to prevent future tragedies and use all available resources to support the Uvalde community as it heals. More announcements are expected in the coming days and weeks as the Legislature considers the proposed solutions.

Parents in Uvalde and across the state know that time is of the essence as schools in Texas will reopen in just 27 days.

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Sen. Roland Gutierrez said the details in the report, the videos, are not enough

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