Uvalde pulls surveillance video released by Texas media – Houston Public Media

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A vigil for the victims if the Uvalde school shooting outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Friday May 27

Surveillance footage of the May 24 shooting in Uvalde was released by Texas media ahead of the video’s scheduled release on Sunday.

The Austin-based American statesman and his television partner KVUE originally released edited and shortened clips of the video which includes scenes from outside Robb Elementary School, hallway footage showing the moment when the 18-year-old shooter entered the school and parts of the police response. .

But the media later published the video in its entirety.

“Both media outlets chose to release these images on Tuesday to provide transparency to the community, showing what happened as officials waited to enter this classroom,” notes KVUE’s story on its website.

Two teachers and 19 students were killed in the shooting. Seventeen people were injured in what became the deadliest school shooting in Texas, and the second deadliest in the United States after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The original hallway footage is 77 minutes long, but the video released by Austin-based media has been cut to just over four minutes.

The video shows the shooter entering the elementary school wearing what looks like all-black clothing, carrying a backpack and holding a semi-automatic rifle.

Briana Sanchez and Nate Chute / Austin American Statesman

A still from the video posted by the Austin American-Statesman, which was obtained by the newspaper and KVUE.

Shortly after entering, the shooter turned right down one of the hallways and began shooting into at least one classroom.

The footage shows a student walking down the same hallway seconds before the first bullets were fired.

The child, whose identity and face have been blurred by the media, can be seen stopping for a few seconds before turning around and running away.

Minutes after the shooter entered the school, at least seven police officers entered the school. The video shows some of them running towards the classrooms.

However, officers ran for the entrance after the shooter fired his weapon.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, officers inside Robb Elementary waited more than an hour after the shooting began to enter the classroom. This can be seen in the video, although the shooter fired additional rounds during this time.

In the meantime, police can be seen walking down the hall, some talking on the phone. They were heavily armed and many wore bulletproof vests.

The DPS said the on-scene commander, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, was tasked with preventing officers from entering the classroom.

Arredondo said he believed the classroom door was locked, but the DPS said that based on the evidence he reviewed, the door was never locked and no officers in the hallway were found. even tried to open the door.

DPS Dir. Steven McCraw called the police response “an abject failure”.

Earlier Tuesday, State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, said the entire footage would be released to family members on Sunday and then to the public. Burrows chairs the Texas House committee investigating the shooting.

But after parts of the video were released, Burrows said in a tweet that “although I’m glad a small part is now available to the public, I think watching the whole segment of the forces response order, or lack thereof, is equally important.”

His decision is in clear defiance of instructions given by Uvalde District Attorney Christina Busbee to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Busbee had objected to the agency releasing the footage.

Since the shooting, the families of the victims have been begging local and state authorities for transparency.

To date, no official police report has been made public.

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