A state senator cited the child’s family on Sunday as saying that one of the 19 children killed in last week’s school shooting in Texas “likely bleed” to law enforcement in more than an hour after the gunman’s death. To confront and neutralize.
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, where Tuesday’s shooting took place at Rob Elementary, said the death toll from excessive delays in first responders’ actions raised the death toll to 21.
“I sat down yesterday with a group of parents, a family,” Gutierrez said in an interview with Nation World News’s “State of the Union.”
(d) The mother told me that her child had a bullet in the back, part of the kidney. The first responders whom he eventually spoke to said his baby was likely to bleed,” he said. “In a span of 30 or 40 minutes extra, that little girl could have survived. That little girl might have stayed.”
Questions have been raised about why it took law enforcement so long to connect with the gunman, who officials said was locked in a classroom with his victims for more than an hour, before that he was eventually pulled out by Border Patrol tactical officers.
Gutierrez said that, based on the information given to him, the tactical team decided to independently take the shooter after being disappointed by the lack of response from other law enforcement officers at the scene.
The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that it was a “wrong decision” for more than a dozen officers to wait outside the classroom before the tactical team could respond.
The Justice Department said on Sunday it would look into how law enforcement reacted to the situation.
Gutierrez said he personally would like to move forward to change existing gun laws so that such a tragedy doesn’t happen again. He said he had heard privately from some Republican allies who wanted the same.
Some of the changes he supported are red-flag laws that would allow police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person. who may present a danger to others or themselves. He also supports waiting periods to buy firearms, raising the age to buy a gun, and improving background checks.
“We must have a change. I’ve spent time with many of these families and it’s just heartbreaking. I just can’t do it anymore. It’s heartbreaking. No family should see what these people are doing.” passing through.”