Unbelievable. This just broke from the Wall Street Journal:
UVALDE, Texas—The gunman behind the mass shooting at an elementary school here lingered outside the building for 12 minutes firing shots before walking into the school and barricading in a classroom where he killed 19 children and two teachers, authorities said in a news conference Thursday laying out a new timeline of events.
Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said he couldn't say why no one stopped the deceased gunman, 18 year-old , from entering the school during that time Tuesday. Most of the shots [he] fired came during the first several minutes when he entered the school, Mr. Escalon said.
DPS officials previously said an armed school officer confronted [the shooter] as he arrived at the school. Mr. Escalon said Thursday that information was incorrect and no one encountered [him] as he arrived at the school. "There was not an officer readily available and armed," Mr. Escalon said.
JUST WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?
Why does all the information keep changing? Especially this long after the fact?
Why was everyone told that the shooter was pursued by police before crashing his car and barricading himself in the classroom?
Why did the Texas Department of Public Safety say that the shooter was engaged by an armed school safety officer before he went into the classroom?
Said school safety officer never even existed, and that's just now coming out?
This guy let off shots outside an elementary school in Texas for 12 minutes and nobody did anything?
This is just not sitting well with me.
Here is the new timeline of events, from the WSJ:
[He] shot his grandmother Tuesday morning and then used her truck to drive to Robb Elementary School, crashing the truck into a nearby ditch at 11:28 a.m., according to the timeline laid out by Mr. Escalon. The gunman then began shooting at people at a funeral home across the street, prompting a 911 call reporting a gunman at the school at 11:30. [He] then climbed a fence onto school grounds and began firing before walking inside, unimpeded, at 11:40. The first police arrived on the scene at 11:44 and exchanged gunfire with Ramos, who barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom. There, he killed the students and teachers.
A Border Patrol tactical team went into the school an hour later, around 12:40, was able to get into the classroom and kill [him], Mr. Escalon said.
Meanwhile, did you know responding officers were unable to get into the classroom door and had to go find a staff member with a key to open it? From AP:
Meanwhile, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the Border Patrol agents had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get a staff member to open the room with a key. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
Does that make any sense to you?
And don't miss this part from the WSJ article:
Thursday's updates came as Uvalde residents were asking questions and expressing anger over the time it took for law enforcement to end the school shooting. Videos circulated on social media showing parents confronting police outside the building while [the shooter] was barricaded in the classroom.
"The police were doing nothing," said Angeli Rose Gomez, who after learning about the shooting drove 40 miles to Robb Elementary School, where her children are in second and third grade. "They were just standing outside the fence. They weren't going in there or running anywhere."
I'm not trying to be weird or suggest anything crazy. I am not trying to be an agitator or score points.
I am just saying that none of this makes any sense, and given the circumstances that is unacceptable.
What is going on here? This is all too terrible for words and we need answers.
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