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Investigators face questions over the development of Uvalde’s story

Texas officials today face growing outrage over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, in which an 18-year-old gunman was life to 19 students and two teachers.

It appeared that the shooter was locked in a classroom at Elemental Robb for an entire hour before a Swat team broke in and killed him, during which frantic parents outside the school pleaded with the officers to move in and end the massacre.

At a Thursday press conference that quickly went off the rails, Victor Escalonregional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), was unable to explain why officers waited to storm the classroom.

Victor Escalon of the Texas Department of Public Safety speaks to reporters Thursday.
Victor Escalon of the Texas Department of Public Safety speaks to reporters Thursday. Photograph: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP

Escalon also changed the official account of the shooting by admitting that there was no armed officer at the school who confronted the shooter when he entered, and that the shooter was able to enter unchallenged, presumably through an unlocked door.

Earlier today reporters learned that law enforcement had engaged with the killer salvador ramos as he walked around campus with an AR-15 style assault weapon.

One of the victims, a 10-year-old girl, was reported to have been bleeding for an hour after being shot and died in hospital, although it is unclear whether earlier surgery would have saved her life. .

TDPS Lt Chris Olivarez was questioned about the delay on CNN last night, saying officers “could have been killed” if they had rushed:

The American people must understand… officers enter this building. They don’t know where the shooter is. They hear gunshots. They receive gunshots.

At that time, if they went further without knowing where the suspect was, they could have been shot, they could have been killed, and this shooter would have had the opportunity to kill other people inside of this school.

The controversy has growing parallels to the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where an on-scene school resource officer and other cops first on the scene chose to wait outside at the instead of facing the shooter. Several were then punished.

Joseph Giacalonea retired New York Police Department law enforcement trainer and sergeant, told CNN Friday morning that officers responding to an active shooter situation are required to move in at the earliest opportunity.

The idea is to neutralize them, at the very least to divert the attention of other potential victims towards the police.

You need to hire this guy immediately. And yes, you will be shot. That’s the idea behind it all. It sounds crazy and it is, but unfortunately, it has to be done.

This is my colleague Ed PilkingtonLast night’s story on the police response to the Uvalde shooting:

Hello and welcome to our live blog covering developments in Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers.

Outrage is mounting over law enforcement’s response to the massacre, after it emerged the gunman was locked in a classroom for an entire hour before a Swat team broke in and don’t kill him.

Furor is also growing that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is continuing its annual conference, starting Friday in Houston, less than 300 miles from the scene of the shooting. donald trump is one of the speakers.

Meanwhile, the families of those killed by the 18-year-old gunman prepare to hold the first funeral.

And Joe Biden and the first lady, Jill Bidenwill travel to Uvalde on Sunday to mourn with the community and speak with civic leaders and first responders, the president’s second trip to the site of a mass shooting in two weeks after 10 black people were killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, earlier this month.

We will have all the developments throughout the day.

While waiting for the day to unfold, here is the Guardian’s Dani Anguiano to Uvalde on the heavy cloud of grief hanging over the devastated community:

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