It is just a week since an 18-year old gunman shot several fourth graders and killed 21 including 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Several videos showing how the massacre was mismanaged have surfaced through the week. A recent video obtained showed that children were calling the 911 dispatcher about the gunman, while law enforcement officers waited outside the room for almost an hour and a half.
ABC News reported on May 31, that it had obtained a video that shows some of what took place on that fateful day. It captures a dispatcher saying, “Child is advising he is in the room, full of victims. Full of victims at this moment.”
A dispatcher asked, “Is anybody inside of the building at this…?”
A few minutes later, a dispatcher says, “Eight to nine children,” once again.
ABC News reported that the video also showed police rescuing children from inside the school. A window was broken and children were pulled out and lead out from the back door, away from the school building.
In an early part of the video, an officer was heard telling bystanders to stay back as there was a man with a rifle. A few minutes it appears as if there were gunshots fired.
The video raises more questions as there is already a lot of angst about the reason why the gunman remained inside for 77 minutes while officers were in the hallway. Many others were outside the building.
According to the outlet, the incident commander had wrongly believed that the situation was no longer that of an active shooter but had changed to a barricaded subject.
On Friday, at a news conference, Steven McGraw Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said that children inside the classroom had called 911 and pleaded, “please send police now.”
On Sunday, the Department of Justice said that it would conduct a “fair, transparent and independent” review of the response of law enforcement and would publish the findings. The report would be made available to the public.