Within hours and days of the fatal execution of 19 children and their two teachers at Robb Elementary School …
In the hours and days following the fatal shooting of 19 children and two of their teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, on Tuesday, authorities provided volatile and sometimes conflicting information about what happened and how they reacted.
The investigation into the massacres continues, but much is already known about the nearly two hours that elapsed between when authorities said Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother and when police radio revealed that an 18-year-old gunman was dead and the siege was over.
Sometime after 11 a.m. – Ramos shoots his grandmother in the face, according to Texas Public Safety Director Steve McCrow. 82-year-old Gilbert Gallegas, who lives across the street from Ramos and his grandmother, heard a shot in his backyard. He runs ahead and sees Ramos racing in a pickup truck while Ramas ’grandmother goes to him asking for help. In the blood: “She says,‘ Berto, that’s what he did. He shot me, ”said Gallegas, whose wife called the police to report the shooting.
11:27 – The video shows a teacher, who was not publicly recognized by the authorities, opening the outer door of the school, McCrow said.
11:28 – The teacher goes out to get the phone and then comes back through the exit door, which remains open, McCrow said. It is unclear why the teacher took out the phone. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Travis Considine said Thursday that investigators have not determined why the door was opened.
11:28 – Ramos smashes a pickup truck into a drainage ditch outside the school, McCrow said. Two men at a nearby funeral home hear a roar and run out to see what happened. They see Ramos jumping out of the passenger side with an AR-15 rifle and a bag full of ammunition. The men run away, and Ramos shoots at them, but doesn’t get hit. One of the men falls, but both return to the funeral home. Then a panicked teacher leaves the school and calls 911.
11:30 a.m. – 911 receives a call informing the school that there was an accident and a man with a gun, McCrow said.
11:31 – Ramos starts firing at the school from the school parking lot when police cars start arriving at the funeral home, McCrow said. Ramos then walks around the school building.
A school district officer who worked that day was not on campus around this time, contrary to previous reports, McCroe said Friday. The officer goes to the school “immediately” after the 911 call and approaches someone in the back of the school whom he considered armed. When the officer “rushed” to the man who turned out to be the teacher, McCrow said the officer “drove right past the suspect, who was sitting behind” the car.
11:32 – Ramos fires a few shots at the school and then goes to the open door, McCrow said.
11:33 – Five minutes after the pickup crashed, Ramos enters the school and starts shooting at two neighboring classes, 111 and 112, McCrow said. He fires more than 100 shots.
11:35 a.m. – Three city police officers enter the school through the same door used by Ramos, followed by four other officers, McCrow said, putting seven people in the building. The two officers received “belt wounds” from Ramos, McCroe said.
11:37 – Shooting continues, a total of 16 rounds fired, McCrow said. It is unclear who fired the shots.
11:51 – A police sergeant and other law enforcement officers are starting to arrive, McCro said.
12:03 pm – A woman (age unknown) calls 911 and whispers that she is in class 112, McCrow said. The conversation lasts 1 minute 23 seconds.
12:03 pm – Officers continue to enter the school, and as many as 19 officers are in the hallway near the room where Ramos is hiding, McCrow said.
12:06 – Anne Marie Espinosa, spokeswoman for the United Independent School District of Uwalde, posted on the county’s Facebook page: “All campuses are under lock-in status.
“Parents of Uvalde CISD: Please be aware that at this time all campuses are under blockade status due to shootings in the area. Students and staff are safe in the buildings. The buildings are in a state of lock. Your cooperation is necessary at this time without visiting campus. As soon as the lock status is removed, you will receive a notification. “
“Thank you for your cooperation!”
12:10 pm – A woman (age unknown), who called 911 at 12:03, calls 911 again and says there are several dead, McCrow said. She calls again at 12:13 and then again at 12:16 when she says eight to nine students are alive.
12:10 pm – A first group of U.S. deputy marshals from Del Rio has arrived from a distance of nearly 70 miles (113 kilometers) to help various other law enforcement officers who are already on the scene, the Marshals Service reports.
12:15 – Members of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Group arrive with shields, McCrow said.
12:19 pm – Another girl in room 111 calls 911 and ends the call when a classmate tells her to hang up, McCrow said.
12:21 – Ramos fires a pistol again, and officers believe he is at one of the doors of one of the neighboring classes, McCrow said. Police are moving down the corridor.
12:21 – Three shots can be heard during the 911 call, McCro said.
Around this time, police were stuck in the hallway because both classroom doors were closed and they had to look for the keys from a school employee.
12:36 – The child calls the 911 service for 21 seconds.
Around this time, the girl called 911 and was told to stay on the line and keep very quiet, McCrow said. The girl says, “He shot at the door.”
12:43 – The girl calls the dispatcher 911 “send the police now”.
12:46 – The girl says she “hears the police next door.”
12:47 – She again asks 911 “send the police now”.
12:50 – Officers open the door with keys from a school employee, enter the classroom and kill Ramas, McCrow said. Shots are heard at 911.
12:51 – Officers are heard taking children out of the room, McCrow said.
12:58 – Ramos is killed and the siege is over, – said on the radio law enforcement, – said Victor Escalon, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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