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Shooting at a Texas school: Against a barricaded suspect active shooter

During a press conference in Uvalde, Texas DPS officials said officers believed it was not an active shooter, but a suspect at the barricade.

UVALDE, Texas – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) chief executive Stephen McCraw told a news conference in Uvalde on Friday that police officers did not immediately intervene in the classroom where the shooter killed students at Robb Elementary School.

McCraw called it a “wrong decision, period.”

CONTACT: Police say Uvalde made a “wrong decision” to wait outside the classroom because the children wanted help from 911, the official said.

During the press conference, McCraw said that the commander at the scene viewed the situation not as an active shooter, but as a suspect at the barricade. McCraw said 19 police officers were at the school but did not break down the door to Salvador Ramos’ classroom for about an hour.

The commander believed that Ramos was barricaded in the classroom and that the children were not at risk.

However, during the attack, children and teachers repeatedly called 911.

During the attack, students call 911

Ramos entered the school through an open door at 11:33 a.m. and, according to McCraw, fired more than 100 bullets into the classroom.

At 11:35 a.m., three Uvalde police officers entered the building and were later joined by four others.

Shortly after noon, McCraw said there were at least 19 officers in the hallway outside the classroom where Ramos was believed to be.

During a press conference on Friday, McCraw read several transcripts of 911 calls made by students during the attack.

12:03. The student calls 911, introduces himself, and whispers, “He’s in room 112.” The call lasts one minute and 23 seconds.

12:10 The same student called back and said many were dead.

12:13 The same student calls back.

12:16 The student called back and said that eight or nine students were alive.

12:19 The call to 911 is made by another person located in room 111. An unknown student stopped the phone when someone ordered him to turn it off.

12:21 Another 911 call is made and gunshots are heard in the background.

12:36 The first student to call 911 was 911. The call lasts 21 seconds, and the caller tells 911 that “he” knocked on the door.

12:43 and 12:47 The student asks 911, “Please send the police now.”

12:46 The student told 911 that he heard police in the neighborhood.

12:50 During the 911 call, gunshots were heard and officers were removing children from the classroom

Active shooter and barricade suspect

Would the police have reacted differently if officials had responded to the call for an active shooter, not a suspect at the barricade?

According to the FBI, an active shooter is “a person who is actively involved in killing or attempting to kill people in a residential area.” The International Association of Police Chiefs defines a barricaded individual as a “person in a physical position” who does not allow immediate access to police and refuses to obey police orders.

CONTACT: Police say Uvalde made a “wrong decision” to wait outside the classroom because the children wanted help from 911, the official said.

McCraw said the commander at the scene believed he needed equipment and more officers to tactically intervene in Ramos’ classroom.

“When you’re an active shooter, the rules change,” McCraw said. “It’s not a barricade anymore. You don’t have time.”

McCraw acknowledged that law enforcement was investigating the timing of the incident, but said it “covered Texas active shooter training.”

According to the Texas Law Enforcement Commission’s course on active shooter response, first responders “must be prepared to face controlled rape.”

After a shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, law enforcement no longer waits in active shooter status and sets a perimeter, but is trained to enter and subdue the shooter.

McCraw said there was “no excuse” for the delay in filming Uvalde, and that an entry should have been made as soon as possible if he had not been there.

“Each officer is lined up, assembled, gone and finds out where those shells were fired and continues firing until the object dies,” Makkra said.

Shooting at a Texas school: Against a barricaded suspect active shooter

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