New details about the actions of police officers during a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers are raising questions – and calling for a federal investigation.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) on Thursday asked Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Ray to investigate local law enforcement’s response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School, specifically noting that state officials have The accounts conflict with the parents and witnesses. actually happened.
It begins with a blurred timeline of the attack. While Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez said the officers responded As for the “within minutes” scene, what happened next is unclear.
Texas Department of Public Security Director Steve McCraw said Wednesday that after the shooter opened fire on a school security officer, it took a full 40 minutes to an hour before the US Border Patrol broke into the classroom and fatally shot the gunman. Till the time has elapsed.
Another spokesperson disputed that account, however, suggesting “40 Minutes” began when the shooter shot his grandmother earlier in the day, then stole her truck, and Rob went to elementary school.
In a painful video from outside the school, distressed parents are seen pleading with the police authorities for their lack of action.
“We were thinking, ‘What’s going on? Are they going in?'” Derek Sotello, who works at a tire shop near the school, told The New York Times. “Dad was saying, ‘Vest me. Two, I’ll go there!'”
At one point, the federal marshal reportedly handcuffed to one of the parents A mother who had two children inside the building. Once free, she proceeded to jump the school fence, enter the building, and exit with her children.
Official statements also differ on whether the gunman exchanged fire with a school security officer outside the school, and how long the gunman was held inside a classroom before police entered, Which was mentioned by Rap Castro in his letter. FBI Thursday.
The Congressman said that even the extra time between 11:30 am and 1 pm has not yet been fully accounted for.
Asked for the difference at a press conference on Thursday, Victor Ascalon of the Texas Department of Public Safety offered only, “We’ll circle back on that.”