UVALDE – New surveillance video of the Robb Elementary School mass shooting has been obtained by Austin, American statesman.
The newspaper published parts of the 77-minute video on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said earlier Tuesday that the video would not be released until next week after the victims’ families had seen it.
The footage shows the 18-year-old gunman entering the school with a high-powered rifle and police responding.
The statesman edited the video to remove the children’s screams, but the footage is still very graphic in nature and viewer discretion is advised.
“A 77-minute video shot from that vantage point, along with body camera footage of one of the responding officers, obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE, shows in harrowing detail dozens of sworn officers, local, state and federal — heavily armed, wearing in bulletproof vests, wearing helmets, some with protective shields – walking back and forth in the hallway, some leaving the camera frame and then reappearing, others pointing their weapons at the classroom, talking, making cell phone calls, texting and look at the floor plans, but does not enter or attempt to enter the classrooms,” the statesman write in their article.
New shots appear
The video begins with surveillance footage of the gunman who crashed a vehicle near Robb Elementary on May 24 before firing three shots at two men who approached the scene of the crash.
It then overdubs audio of a teacher calling 911 to report a gunman at the school over video of the gunman shooting at the school from outside.
The footage then shows the gunman entering the school, dressed in black and carrying a high-powered rifle. Shortly after, a young student sees the shooter in the hallway.
“As (the student) begins to turn the corner, he notices the shooter standing by the classroom door and then unloads the first barrage,” statesman reported.
The student runs back into the bathroom as the shooter enters one of the classrooms.
Police could be seen running into the building just minutes later.
A handful of officers approach the classroom, but can be seen sprinting back down the hallway away from the classroom after seemingly drawing fire from the shooter.
No rescue attempts were made for the next hour, although large numbers of heavily armed personnel continued to arrive.
Officers are seen standing in the hallway with rifles and ballistic shields even as more shots ring out from the shooter.
Nine minutes after those four gunshots are heard, one responding officer receives some hand sanitizer from the dispenser on the wall as he stands among the other officers.
Responding officers waited in the hallway for a total of 77 minutes before entering the classroom and killing the shooter.
Uvalde DA declined to comment
KSAT 12 reporter Lee Waldman reached out to Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busby shortly after the Statesman posted the video for comment.
Mitchell Busby refused to answer questions and asked Waldman to leave her office as a police officer stood at the door.
We stopped by the DA’s office today hoping to get a comment on the release of the videos or a comment on why she blocked the release of the video. Finally, you’ll hear Christina Mitchell Busby asking us to leave and offering no comment. @ksatnews pic.twitter.com/fLJcOkJYCb
— Leigh Waldman (@LeighWaldman) July 12, 2022
The mayor responds after the video is posted
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told ABC News the following after the video was released:
“Whether it’s the DPS or the district attorney, it was chicken to mislead these families like that, you know. Those families need to see the video, but they don’t need to see the shooter go in there. They don’t need to listen to those shots. They know what happened in that classroom. Why put them through that? Half of these families are out of town right now, Washington, DC, not even with the rest of their family, and they have to turn on the TV tonight and see this crap. I’m sorry. This is wrong. These families were blindsided. They should not be done this way. I see there’s, I mean, you can see there’s a number of law enforcement agencies here. And I don’t know what happened in that corridor. But I’ve said from day one that everyone there should always be held accountable for their actions that day – everyone. The video should be played. I’m not mad about the video being released because I was advocating for them. I am angry because of the way it was done and blindsided these families. No warning to them, no nothing. They got the warning two minutes to two minutes before it went off.
McLaughlin also released the following statement Tuesday night after the City Council meeting:
“I am angry that the request of the victim’s families and the community of Uvalde to first watch the video before it is published did not happen. I share Rep. Burroughs’ frustration and believe that viewing the entire video of the law enforcement response, or lack of response, is also very important to understanding what happened on May 24th. Regardless, it is unbelievable that this video was released as part of a news story with images and audio of the violence of this incident, with no attention to the families involved. I continue to stand by my statements that full transparency and respect for the families remains a priority in relation to this incident.
The video adds to the growing frustration
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, one of the responding officers said: “There was almost a riot. We were like, “There’s a goddamn gunman in the school, we’re hearing gunshots, and we’re just going to stand here with thumbs up our asses?”
A report released July 7 by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center details one police officer trying to enter the classroom in an attempt to save his wife during those 77 minutes. She is one of two teachers killed in the shooting.
That officer was Uvalde CISD officer Ruben Ruiz, who was trying to save his wife, Eva Mireles. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Stephen McCraw revealed during testimony that Mireles called her husband to say she had been shot and was dying.
Ruiz was taken into custody, escorted from the building and his gun was confiscated, McCraw said.
Earlier today, state representative Dustin Burroughs said he intended to release the video regardless nondisclosure agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety, but wanted Uvalde’s families to have a chance to see him first.
He plans to meet with community members on Sunday.
The commission is aware that a portion of the hallway video has been released. While I’m glad that a small portion is now available to the public, I believe that watching the entire segment of the law enforcement response, or lack thereof, is also important.
— Dustin Burrows (@Burrows4TX) July 12, 2022
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Video at Robb Elementary shows a gunman enter the school, police gather in the hallway for more than an hour
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