Texas school shooting live updates: Police admit 'wrong decision' on door breach

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Email this articleThe incident commander, the chief of Uvalde ISD Police, wrongly believed the incident had transitioned from an active shooter situation to a barricaded subject situation, where the suspect had stopped firing and barricaded himself in a classroom, no longer posing a threat to children, McCraw said.

-ABC News' Aaron KaterskyShare to TwitterA 911 call was made at 12:03 p.m. from room 112 and lasted 23 seconds. McCraw did not identify the caller.A call was made by someone else from room 111 at 12:19 p.m., the caller hung up when another student told her to hang up, McCraw said.

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Uvalde Live Updates: Grief for ‘Beautiful, Innocent Children’ Lost in Texas School ShootingBeto O’Rourke, who is running for governor of Texas, interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas's news conference in Uvalde and was escorted out after shouting ensued from state officials. “You’re doing nothing,' O'Rourke said. “This is totally predictable.” What a prompt response time from the police today... We need WAY more of this. GregAbbott_TX, SenTedCruz, JohnCornyn, and DanPatrick shouldn't be able to show their faces in public without being confronted for enabling these slaughters. BetoForTexas UvaldeMassacre GregAbbottHasBloodOnHisHands Proves once again, politics never takes a break, no matter the situation! A bad look! Make political points tomorrow, show respect and sensitivity today.

Texas officials investigate whether police acted fast enough to stop shooter at Uvalde schoolAuthorities walked back initial reports that an armed school resource officer had engaged the 18-year-old gunman, who made his way into the school unchallenged through an unlocked door at 11:40 a.m. Place all schools behind airport, courthouse security entrance... Where are your whack takes on Depp Heard trial? Saw an article one of you wrote that is soooooo lame

Texas official says police made 'the wrong decision' during Uvalde shootingNEW: A Texas public safety official said today the commander on scene during the Uvalde, Texas shooting made 'the wrong decision' in deciding not to breach the classrooms where the gunman had barricaded himself with students and teachers sooner. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the commander considered the gunman barricaded and didn’t consider it an active-shooter situation despite 911 calls from inside the classrooms. 2 of the children who’d called 911 died. And a teacher had propped the door open when it was supposed to be locked. Oh awful! 🛑UvaldeMassacre Presser Texas DPS Director verifies: “Wrong decision” to wait to breach door, that ‘incident commander’ made on-site decision shooter no longer ‘active’ (persons alive) but ‘barricaded’. BUT 911 calls/times prove victims still ALIVE during wait. Oh, such pain!

Texas police face questions and criticism over response time to Uvalde school shootingLaw enforcement authorities faced mounting questions and criticism Thursday over how much... Joni_Looking Namely, the hour they stood around listening to 8 year olds get shot in the face.

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Texas DPS conducting review of law enforcement actions during shooting Link Share to Twitter Email this article As part of its ongoing investigation into Tuesday's shooting, the Texas Department of Public Safety is conducting a review of law enforcement actions. This comes after the visibly shaken Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, revealed a cascading series of police failures before and during one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history. The incident commander, the chief of Uvalde ISD Police, wrongly believed the incident had transitioned from an active shooter situation to a barricaded subject situation, where the suspect had stopped firing and barricaded himself in a classroom, no longer posing a threat to children, McCraw said. “He thought there was time,” McCraw said. McCraw said there may have been a belief by the incident commander that no one was alive anymore inside the classrooms. But, he detailed multiple 911 calls made from inside the classrooms, on which callers explicitly said several children were alive and trapped inside with the shooter. Callers at several points asked for police to be sent in. -ABC News' Aaron Katersky Several 911 calls were made from inside classroom as police waited outside Link Share to Twitter Email this article Those inside a classroom with the shooter made several calls to 911, but the tactical unit that arrived at 12:15 p.m. waited 35 minutes before breaching the classroom, Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference Friday. A 911 call was made at 12:03 p.m. from room 112 and lasted 23 seconds. McCraw did not identify the caller. She called back at 12:10 p.m. and advised that there were multiple dead in the classroom, McCraw said. The person then called again at 12:13 p.m. and again at 12:16 p.m., when said there were eight to nine students who were still alive, McCraw said. A call was made by someone else from room 111 at 12:19 p.m., the caller hung up when another student told her to hang up, McCraw said. At 12:21 p.m., three shots were heard over a 911 call. At 12:36 p.m., another 911 call was made by the initial caller and it lasted for 21 seconds. The student caller was told to stay on the line and be very quiet. She told 911 that the gunman shot the door, McCraw said. At approximately 12:43 p.m. and 12:47 p.m., she asked 911 to please send the police now, McCraw said. The caller said she could hear police next door at 12:46 p.m. At 12:50 p.m., the Border Patrol tactical unit finally breached the door and shot the suspect. Suspect reportedly involved in online chats about guns, school shootings in recent weeks Link Share to Twitter Email this article Authorities shed more light on some of the suspect's digital footprint in the weeks and months before Tuesday's mass shooting. In September 2021, suspected gunman Salvador Ramos asked his sister to buy him a gun and she"flatly refused," Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters during a briefing Friday. He did not note where this exchange took place. On Feb. 28, in an Instagram group chat with four people, they discussed"Ramos being a school shooter," McCraw said. The next day, on March 1, in an Instagram chat with four people, Ramos discussed buying a gun, according to McCraw. MORE: Accused Texas gunman sent concerning messages to over a dozen people in days before shooting Two days later, on March 3, in another four-person chat, someone said,"Word on the street is you are buying a gun," according to McCraw. Ramos reportedly replied,"Just bought something." On March 14, Ramos posted on Instagram,"Ten more days," according to McCraw. Someone replied,"Are you going to shoot up a school or something?" to which Ramos replied,"No. Stop asking dumb questions. You'll see," according to McCraw. Investigators are also looking into people the suspect may have communicated with in video game chat rooms who"may have known something," McCraw said. Officers did not breach classroom for 35 minutes while shooter was inside Link Share to Twitter Email this article Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted it was the"wrong decision" for officers not to go into the classroom where the suspect was for 35 minutes after a tactical unit arrived. Children were inside the classroom with him, making 911 calls, McCraw said in a press conference Friday. The incident commander believed he was dealing with a barricaded subject inside the school and the children were not at risk, he said. A tactical team from Customs and Border Protection was on scene at 12:15 p.m., but did not breach the classroom until 12:50 p.m. "Of course it wasn't the right decision," McCraw said."It was the wrong decision." 2:18 Texas shooting 911 calls detail horror of rampage Authorities in Texas provide an update on the shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children and two teachers. ABCNews.com