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A heart-wrenching video has surfaced on social media of terrified and frustrated parents outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas reportedly demanding that police officers storm the building as the killer rampaged for over an hour before his barricade was breached and he was taken out.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday night that parents begged officers to rush the school while the gunman was inside. The video that went viral online, which appears to be authentic, purportedly shows parents yelling and wailing at the police outside a perimeter around the school. It is unclear if the scenario took place during or after the mass shooting.
The 18-year-old alleged murderer who killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on Tuesday, was killed by a tactical unit from the Border Patrol after a standoff where multiple cops were shot and injured.
An alleged eyewitness named Juan Carranza told the AP that parents were shouting at police, demanding that they enter the school and stop the shooter.
“Go in there! Go in there!” they allegedly yelled.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers who did not go inside, 24-year-old Juan Carranza said…
"[Gunman] spent more than 40 minutes inside as witnesses desperately urged police to charge into the building"…
– New York Post
— Dr. James E. Olsson (@DrJamesOlsson) May 26, 2022
Lotta anti cop folks out today, using emotions to try and get you to support defunding the police by showing you a brief video of cops holding a perimeter outside the school in Uvalde. You’re probably a dumb animal if you’re stupid enough to fall for their manipulations.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 26, 2022
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the shooter was inside the school for approximately an hour before police breached the building.
“One lingering question is when exactly the shooting began. Authorities agree that the gunman was dead by 1 p.m. but have offered conflicting accounts as to whether the attack began around 11:30 a.m. or closer to noon. By 11:43 a.m., the school announced on Facebook that it was under lockdown, citing gunshots in the area. ‘The students and staff are safe in the building,’ it said,” The Washington Post reported.
“In public transmissions on a radio channel used by local EMS workers, someone said at 11:53 a.m. that a lieutenant had requested a response to the area of the school. As the response was discussed, one official was heard telling first responders: ‘Please, just stay back,'” the report continued.
“By 12:10 p.m., a Facebook live stream recorded outside the front of the school showed police cars had established a perimeter, helicopters were flying overhead and onlookers had gathered. Seven minutes later, school authorities announced on social media there was ‘an active shooter at Robb Elementary,'” the Washington Post added.
Im sorry but I wouldn’t have been able to comply. I would’ve tried with all my might to go past them. I know that sounds bad but I dont have any strength in me to not do everything I could to get to my child. The mothers screaming and crying just hurts to even listen to
— Yeah I Said It (@ASK_DST) May 25, 2022
“After hearing shooting, authorities said, a tactical team formed a ‘stack’ formation and eventually breached the classroom door and killed Ramos in a shootout. Ramos was in the room for some time before police officers entered, and it was unclear whether he killed the students when he first barricaded himself inside or just before the police breached the room,” the media outlet reported. “At 1:06 p.m., Uvalde Police announced on social media that the attack was over.”
“Shots were still being heard at 12:52 p.m., according to radio recordings. ‘Do not attempt to get closer,’ a voice warned on the EMS channel,” the piece concluded.
Given the timeframe as reported by the media, it is reasonable to assume that some parents made it to the scene as the shooting was occurring.
According to the AP, Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade daughter was killed in the shooting, arrived at the school while police were still outside the building. He was “upset that police were not moving in.” He told the AP that he suggested storming the school with other parents.
On one hand I understand the parents wanting to go find their children but on the other hand the cops probably want to stop them from further trauma by seeing the scene. 💔 it’s heartbreaking to watch from the outside that’s for sure.
— Mickey Rose (@RosepetalxxXxx) May 25, 2022
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he allegedly said during the standoff.
“More could have been done. They were unprepared,” Cazares claimed in reference to the police handling the situation.
“There was at least 40 lawmen armed to the teeth but didn’t do a darn thing until it was far too late. The situation could’ve been over quick if they had better tactical training, and we as a community witnessed it firsthand,” the distraught father allegedly asserted.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN that the shooter had “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom.” He called the shooting “complete evil.”
“Meanwhile, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the Border Patrol agents had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get a staff member to open the room with a key,” the AP stated, painting a different scenario than the police did concerning the standoff. “The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.”
“Fathers smashed windows, and physically pulled their kids out of classrooms,” Ernest “Chip” King, who is a Uvalde firefighter and one of the first responders at the scene, told People. “There was a lot of chaos.”
TX Sen. Ted Cruz offered a solution “have one door into and out of the school…armed police officers at that door” — Cruz said “if that happened” “the armed police officers could have taken him out and we’d have 19 children/2children still alive” #Uvalde pic.twitter.com/eah4rct2En
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialFox4) May 26, 2022
A Uvalde police officer reportedly took students to safety.
“Teachers were doing headcounts of their students,” the officer stated, according to People, “but there was panic because they couldn’t remember which kids had been absent. It was the end of the school year and a lot of kids were missing. I saw one teacher trying not to cry as she asked the kids who had been absent that day.”
Firefighters and police officers tried to corral panicked parents, desperately trying to create some sort of order during the chaos. “There was a lot of angst and a lot of fear,” says King. “Parents were wondering where their kids were, trying to find them amidst all the chaos. They were terrified.”
“We were trying to keep the area secure,” King noted. “We worked with EMS ambulances to get them in and out. There were helicopters overhead.”
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