As several ongoing investigations into the Robb Elementary School massacre continue, the general public is gaining a great deal of insight as to the timeline of the tragedy…and what they are learning is not providing much reassurance.
There were already a number of concerns regarding the way in which law enforcement responded to the scene, which was that of an active shooter in the process of killing 19 students and 2 teachers inside of the small Texas school.
Police outside of the school could be seen standing around, refusing to enter and confront the shooter while also physically restraining parents and onlookers who wished to take action.
And then it was revealed that the police officers who did enter the school never even tried to open the door in which the shooter was massacring scores of innocent children.
This week, a shocking video has emerged from inside the school showing just how well prepared, but unwilling, police were to confronting the shooter and saving lives.
Multiple officers were inside Robb Elementary School armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield by 11:52 a.m. on May 24, but they didn’t breach a classroom door and take out the gunman who killed 19 children and two adults for nearly an hour, according to documents reviewed by the Austin-American Statesman.
The new details shed light on the shifting timeline that law enforcement has provided about the response to the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old suspected gunman, walked into the school at 11:33 a.m. then entered a pair of adjoining classrooms and opened fire.
Three minutes later, 11 officers entered the school. The first officer with a ballistic shield arrived at 11:52 a.m., while two other officers with ballistics shield arrived at 12:03 p.m. and 12:05 p.m., according to the Austin American-Statesman.
For the next 46 minutes, these well-prepared law enforcement officers did nothing.
The newly release video was kicking off a firestorm of controversy online:
Law enforcement officers are shown on video inside Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School at 12:04 p.m. on May 24.
They have guns. They have shields.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 21, 2022
The Department of Justice has opened a probe into the police response to the shooting, but results of that investigation could be weeks, or more, away.