More details emerge on 911 calls made by children inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at the elementary school . Public Safety Department Director Steven McCraw held a press conference on Friday to discuss an updated timeline for the shooting, the belated police response and heartbreaking calls made by students to 911. .
“Better for me to read it than listen to it,” McCraw said before discussing the calls, taking a moment to collect himself.
Without naming the children, McCraw said a student in room 112 made four emergency calls: First, at 12:03 p.m. for one minute and 23 seconds as she whispered her location to first responders. She called back at 12:10 p.m. and said several people had died. She then called at 12:13 p.m. and 12:16 p.m. and said eight to nine students in her class were alive.
At 12:19 p.m., another student had called 911 from room 111. “She hung up after another student told her to hang up,” McCraw said. Two minutes later, three shots could be heard on a second call. At 12:36 p.m., this same student called back for 21 seconds, before making a final call and staying on the line.
“She told us he shot the door at 12:43 p.m.,” McCraw said. “At 12:47 p.m. she called 911 to ‘Please send the police now. “”
Minutes later, the student said she could hear officers at the scene pulling students out of classrooms. Later in the conference, answering questions from reporters, McCraw said more than one of the 911 callers survived. He provided no further details.
The 911 calls discussed by McCraw were made as students waited more than 40 minutes for officers to respond to the school shooter and enter the school building, despite the presence of 19 officers on the premises. school. McCraw explained that instead of entering the building, officers waited to enter — after being given a master key — because they believed the shooter was barricaded and the children were no longer in danger.
“Of course it wasn’t the right decision,” McCraw said. “It was the wrong decision.”
The press conference comes a day after the Associated press reported that bystanders urged the police to enter the school building.
” Go for it ! Go for it ! cried women, according to a witness.
Javier Cazares, whose daughter Jacklyn was killed, said police were gathered outside the building when he arrived, before suggesting the parents burst into the building.
“Let’s go fast because the cops aren’t doing anything like they’re supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”
A mother told the the wall street journal that she was handcuffed as she tried to urge law enforcement to enter the school.
“The police weren’t doing anything,” she said, according to the Log. “They were standing just outside the fence. They weren’t going there or running anywhere.