9-year-old Daniel with his mother, Briana Ruiz, told CNN that the shooter fired multiple shots at his class at Robb’s elementary school after failing to get in. The door was locked by his teacher, and the fired bullets hit not only the teacher, but also a classmate.
Daniel started to “hide under the table next to wall”, and said that he saw the shooter through the window of the door.
“I could still see him face– he said. I saw how he looks at people in front of to me.”
” goal of in review provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices help first defendants are preparing for and answer active shooter events”, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. in announcement on Sunday.
Alfred Garcia, whose daughter was killed in shooting, told CNN that he was in “disbelief” over how a lot of time passed during the shooting before it ended and shared his disappointment with government response.
“It doesn’t take a genius to understand out this is just took too long to get in there and you know if they got there earlier and someone took immediate action, we could more of those children here today including mine daughter,” he said.
funeral services for victims set to begin Monday and funeral homes in Uvalde pledged to cover the costs for families.
Law enforcement response questionable
Actions taken first the defendants – or lack thereof – were the focus of attention at the time of the shooting of those who to tell more should have been made before.
Law enforcement officers in Texas trained intervene fast, according to active shooting guide in state commission on 2020 Law Enforcement Training Manual obtained by CNN, which states that “officer first priority is move in and confront the attacker.
“As first respondents, we must recognize that innocent life must be protected”, says. “BUT first The respondent does not want place life of the innocent are above their own safety should think about a different career area.”
Seven officers arrived. on scene in two minutes of shooter firing in Class. Three officers approached the locked classroom where the armed criminal was, and two officers received shrapnel wounds from bullets fired from behind door, said DPS. The officers then placed down hallway.
team then did not break the class for at least another 30 minutes, according to the schedule provided by the DPS. Because the border guard often serves in a support rolethey will obey the agency on The team, according to the source.
A 911 call posted at 12:16, according to traffic police, from a girl in one of the classrooms in which the students were shot told the operator that eight or nine students were still alive.
When asked on Friday why the officers did not move in formerly, Texas Department of Director of Public Safety Stephen McCraw said “it was believed at the time that the subject was immobile and barricaded”, adding that they believed “there was no risk to another children.”
“Looking back, from where I am sitting now, it is clear that there were children there. in in the room, clearly they are in riskMcCraw said. “There may be injured children who could have been shot but wounded, and for for rescue purposes, immediately get there and provide assistance.
As a result of shooting, outpouring of support topics in in community provided.
Carlos Hernandez, whose restaurant is a mile from Robb Elementary School, wrote on facebook hours after shooting: “No possible way I can open my kitchen with heartbreak and enjoy it.”
On Thursday – his 33rd birthday – Hernandez decided to cook for in community spanking up favorite dishes including wings, macaroni and cheese and fried fish tacos.
Within two hours, Hernandez gave more than 60 family large plates to feed grieving families and neighbors who still learning how deal with tragedy on their close-knit community.
“It real difficult situation, just trying show the children they have us like their backbone and support systemHernandez told CNN. “We always provide security, whether there is an incident or not.”
In the other place in Uvalde, El Progreso Memorial Library became place of recovery.
On Wednesday, just a day after the shooting of children, librarian Martha Carreon sat in front of ranks of small faces, reading, singing and giggling with the children, taking them to the safe place far from school where there are many of they have witnessed horror.
“We want our building be a safe space haven that is a quiet, calm and cool haven,” El Progreso Memorial Library. director Mendell Morgan told CNN.
Together with psychologists who will be available everyday for children and there are adults to talk to also be practicing massage therapists, volunteers for arts and crafts, pianists for play soothing music and even magicians to perform professional magic shows.
“This is a strong community where do we have true care and concern for one different,” Morgan said. – Many, if not most here, adhere to fast to their faith in God what good stronger than evil and light stronger than darkness.”
CNN’s Alaa Elassar, Ed Lavandera, Amanda Watts, Hanna Serison, Virginia Langmaid, Paula Reid, Priscilla Alvarez, Christina Maksouris, Holly Yan, and Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.