Uvalde shoots surveillance video released by Texas media
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 news outlets chose to release these images on Tuesday to provide transparency to the community, showing what happened as officials waited to enter this classroom,” the KVUE story notes on its site. 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 video shows the shooter entering the elementary school wearing what looks like all-black clothing, carrying a backpack and holding a semi-automatic rifle.
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 gun.
The committee is aware that part of the hallway video has been made public. While I’m glad a small portion is now available to the public, I think it’s also important to monitor the completeness of law enforcement’s response, or lack thereof.
— Dustin Burrows (@Burrows4TX) July 12, 2022
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 Director 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 “While I’m glad a small part is now available to the public, I believe watching the entire segment of the United Nations 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.
McCraw said he was disappointed the video was released earlier than the committee had expected.
“I am deeply disappointed that this video was released before all of the families who were affected that day and the community of Uvalde had the opportunity to view it as part of President Dustin Burrows’ plan,” McCraw said in a statement. “Those most affected should have been among the first to see it. As I stated during my testimony before the Senate Select Committee to Protect All Texans, this video provides horrifying evidence that law enforcement’s response to the attack on Robb Elementary on May 24 has was a dismal failure. In law enforcement, when one officer fails, we all fail.
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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