According to shocking new reports from Texas, Police officers never even attempted to unlock the classroom door at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde where last month, a mass murderer killed 19 children and two teachers. There is even uncertainty as to whether the door was locked at all.
“Surveillance footage shows that police never tried to open a door to two classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in the 77 minutes between the time a gunman entered the rooms and massacred 21 people and officers finally breached the door and killed him,” the San Antonio Express-News reported, noting that the information came from a law enforcement official who was involved in investigating law enforcement’s response to the tragedy. “Investigators believe the 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on May 24 could not have locked the door to the connected classrooms from the inside.”
The doors are supposedly developed so they can just be locked or opened from the outdoors, and cops may have presumed that the door was locked. If the door to the class where the 18-year-old Hispanic male was holed up was even locked, the report stated that it is not known.
The source informed the regional paper that it didn’t even matter whether the door was locked since “officers had access the entire time to a ‘halligan’ — a crowbar-like tool that could have opened the door to the classrooms even if it was locked.”
The news comes as a report from The New York Times exposed that a police officer with the city, not the school district, who was equipped with an AR-15 type rifle had the chance to shoot the aggressor prior to he went into the school however didn’t since he thought twice over the concern that he may strike children in the background.
“The chief deputy sheriff said that any attempt to shoot the moving gunman would have been difficult, and that the officer would undoubtedly have faced harsh criticism and possibly even a criminal investigation had he missed and hit a bystander in the distance, especially a child,” the report noted.
Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo showed up on the scene without having a radio at 11:35 a.m. as a minimum of 2 reacting officers were moving into the corridor outside the classroom door where the assailant was murdering 19 children. Arredondo utilized a mobile phone to call the police department to request a radio, a rifle, and heavily-armed backup.
“The decision to establish a perimeter outside the classroom, a little over five minutes after the shooting began, shifted the police response from one in which every officer would try to confront the gunman as fast as possible to one where officers treated the gunman as barricaded and no longer killing,” The New York Times reported. “Instead of storming the classroom, a decision was made to deploy a negotiator and to muster a more heavily armed and shielded tactical entry force.”