Following days of often-conflicting data from Texas authorities concerning the chain of occasions in Tuesday’s bloodbath in Uvalde, the Department of Public Safety launched a timeline on Friday.
DPS Director Steven McCraw stated that 19 officers have been within the hallways inside Robb Elementary School because the shooter was locked inside a fourth-grade classroom, the place he killed 21 individuals in a rampage that lasted greater than 45 minutes.
The on-site commander believed it was a standoff with 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who had already shot greater than 100 rounds inside lecture rooms 111 and 112. McCraw stated the commander incorrectly assumed extra youngsters weren’t in danger for casualties.
“He was convinced at the time that there was no more threat to the children and that the subject was barricaded and that they had time to organize” to get into the classroom, McCraw stated.
“Of course, it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision,” he stated.
Here’s a timeline of occasions from Tuesday’s faculty shooting as outlined by McGraw on Friday:
Tuesday morning – Ramos shot his grandmother within the face at their Uvalde residence. While she reached out for assist, he received inside her Ford pickup truck and made his means towards the college.
11:27 a.m. – A instructor at Robb elementary propped open an exterior door in an effort to retrieve a cellular phone. The instructor who propped the door open walked again to the exit door, and the door remained propped open.
11:28 a.m. – Ramos crashed the pickup right into a ditch behind the campus. Authorities stated Ramos, clad in physique armor, shot at two male witnesses throughout the road on the funeral residence. The witnesses weren’t injured.
11:30 a.m. – A instructor who witnessed the shooting went inside the college and referred to as 911.
11:31 a.m. – The suspect reached the final row of autos within the faculty parking zone. At this time, a faculty police officer responded to the funeral residence for a name a few man with a gun. The officer drove proper previous the suspect who was hunkered down behind a car.
11:32 a.m. – The suspect started shooting on the faculty’s exterior.
11:33 a.m. – The suspect walked to the west aspect of the elementary faculty and made entry via the door. He then went to room 111 or 112 and commenced to shoot. “It’s not possible to determine (the room) from the video angle that we have at this point in time. We do know this: that he shot more than 100 rounds based on the audio evidence at that time, at least 100 rounds,” McCraw stated.
Ramos locked the door and opened hearth with an AR-15-style rifle. He was carrying a number of magazines. The shooter barricaded himself contained in the room.
11:35 a.m. – Three cops with Uvalde police entered the college, adopted by three volunteer officers, and a deputy entered the college. The three UPD officers went to the door, which was closed, and acquired grazing wounds.
11:37 to 11:44 a.m. – There was gunfire from the shooter within the classroom.
11:43 a.m. – The elementary introduced on social media that the college was on lockdown.
11:51 a.m. – FBI and a police sergeant arrived.
12:03 p.m. – Officers continued to reach within the hallway. At this level, there have been 19 officers contained in the hallway outdoors the classroom.
12:03 p.m. – A woman referred to as 911 from room 112 and was on the telephone for one minute, 23 seconds.
12:10 p.m. – She referred to as 911 once more and suggested that there have been a number of useless in room 112.
12:13 p.m. and 12:16 p.m. – The lady referred to as once more.
12:15 p.m. – Members of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit unit arrived with shields.
12:17 p.m. – The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District confirmed that there was an lively shooter state of affairs happening.
12:19. p.m. – Someone in room 111 referred to as and hung up when a scholar advised her to take action.
12:21 p.m. – The suspect fired once more, believed to be on the door, and regulation enforcement moved down the hallway.
12:36 p.m. – The preliminary feminine caller referred to as 911 once more and stated “he shot the door.”
12:43 p.m. and 12:47 p.m. – She requested dispatch to “please send the police now.”
12:51 p.m. – Officers made entry by utilizing a grasp key and fatally shot the suspect.
12:58 p.m. – Law enforcement radio chatter stated Ramos had been killed by the Border Patrol crew and the siege was over.
What occurred in these 90 minutes has fueled mounting public anger and scrutiny over regulation enforcement’s response to the rampage.
Friday’s replace on the assault’s timeline got here solely after authorities declined to elucidate why officers had not been capable of cease the shooter sooner, with Victor Escalon, regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, telling reporters Thursday that he had “taken all those questions into consideration,” however was not able to answer them.