May 25, 2022: Following the shooting deaths of 19 pupils and two teachers by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, investigators search for evidence outside the building. The Uvalde school district terminated every member of its troubled campus police force on Friday, October 7, four months after the Robb Elementary School massacre. hide caption Jae C. Hong/AP
switch to caption AP Photo by Jae C. May 25, 2022: Following the shooting deaths of 19 pupils and two teachers by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, investigators search for evidence outside the building. The Uvalde school district terminated every member of its troubled campus police force on Friday, October 7, four months after the Robb Elementary School massacre.
AP Photo by Jae C. Insidious audio recordings from students and teachers who were confined inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, during the horrific shooting there in May have come to light. The recordings shed additional light on the reasons why law enforcement took so long to act, and they depict a picture of a setting with an active shooter that is escalating in terror and desperation. First to break the story were CNN and The Texas Tribune , and ProPublica . .
According to reports, the day’s initial calls came in around 11:29 a.m. A few minutes later, on a third call, a terrified caller cries, “He’s inside the school shooting at the kids!”
A small girl cries out, “I’m in classroom 112,” around 12:10 p.m. Hurry up, please. There are numerous dead bodies.
Khloie Torres, a student, made the call. At the time, she was ten. When she made her first call, it would be 40 minutes until police barged into her classroom.
During the shooting, two teachers and 19 children perished.
The recently exposed recordings, which reportedly contain more than 20 calls, including those between officers and dispatchers, show a disorganized reaction with unclear communication. At least once, a dispatcher provided staff with false information.
Since the shooting, law enforcement’s response has drawn heavy criticism for the authorities’ lack of accountability and mutual blaming. Numerous senior officials have been let go.
On that day, more than two dozen law enforcement organizations sent nearly 400 officers to the area. The recordings show that as time went on, group members were increasingly aware that the answer was ineffective. Early on, more than one officer was aware that the shooter was still inside the classroom with the pupils.
According to accounts, a doctor adds, “We’re taking too long.” Khloie Torres started her third 911 call a few minutes later. The shooting didn’t kill her.
A Texas senate committee’s study found that the school building’s radio transmissions for law enforcement were choppy. According to the report, Pete Arredondo, the former Uvalde School Police Chief who was sacked, left his radio at the school’s fence.
According to the investigation, Arredondo handled the situation as if it had a suspect who was barricaded rather than an active shooter.
The committee concluded, “With the benefit of hindsight, we now realize this was a terrible, sad mistake.”
Officers claimed they heard multiple gunshots and knew the shooter was in one of the rooms, but they were unaware of what was happening behind the closed doors because they did not hear shouts or pleas.
After a responding officer’s wife, a fourth-grade teacher at the school, was shot and called her husband to say she was “dying,” officers still did not enter the classroom.
Arredondo did not have his radio, although other respondents mistakenly claimed that Arredondo was in the classroom with the gunman.
At 12:20 PM, on video captured by another officer’s body camera, he acknowledged there were casualties, adding, “We have victims in there.” I do not desire any more. Are you getting what I’m saying?