Questions swirled on Thursday as new information contradicted much of the original reporting about Tuesday’s horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 young children and three adults dead.
Over the last two days, the prevailing narrative was that 18-year-old Salvador Ramos outgunned police and overpowered school security on his way to carrying out unspeakable atrocities inside Robb Elementary School. Democratic politicians and left-wing media figures immediately pushed for gun control measures as the only justifiable response.
But in a matter of 24 hours, the account has changed dramatically, raising fresh questions over what else could have been done to prevent the attack.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, reported that Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School “unobstructed” through an unlocked door before barricading himself inside a fourth-grade classroom and opening fire on students and staff.
And contrary to original reports, the shooter never encountered an armed school security guard on his way into the building. Escalon said that while the school normally has an armed school safety officer in position, “there was not an officer, readily available, armed” when Ramos arrived on Tuesday.
The bombshell revisions come as local law enforcement continue to face mounting criticism over the amount of time that elapsed before Border Patrol agents stormed the building.
According to the Associated Press, Texas DPS spokesperson Travis Considine revealed Thursday that roughly an hour passed between Ramos entering the school and a Border Patrol tactical unit storming in to neutralize him.
Considine said Ramos began his rampage at 11:40 a.m. An hour later, the federal agents entered and at 12:58 p.m., radio chatter declared that the shooter was dead.
Texas gunman walked through apparently unlocked door, police say
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