On Friday, May 27, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw presented the most detailed incident received to date by the public of the horrors that unfolded in the Robb Elementary School on May 24th – and try to get some answers about how the authorities responded.
Among the details we know now are: that a school officer drove past the shooter – 18 years old Salvador Ramos – while Ramos opened fire at the school; that up to 19 officers were on campus more than 45 minutes before the suspect was killed; that school district sheriff decide not to invade the classroom where the shooter is; and that a young girl in the class called 911 several times to ask for the police while The government was right outside.
CNN created timeline of events With information provided by McCraw, social media posts and other reports provide insight into what preceded the shooting and minute-by-minute breakdown of the attack – and how authorities responded. respond to it.
In September 2021The gunman asked his sister to help him buy a gun, and she “flatly refused,” McCraw said.
The shooter joined an Instagram group chat and in it, there was a February 28th McCraw described the suspect as a “school shooter”.
Above March 1, McCraw said the shooter had chatted on Instagram with several other people in which he discussed buying a gun. Two days later, there was another group chat in which someone said, “from the street” that the suspect was buying a gun. The shooter replied, “just bought something rn.”
Above March 14, The shooter wrote in an Instagram post, “10 more days.” Another user replied: “Are you going to shoot a school or something?” The shooter replied, “no and stop asking silly questions and you’ll see,” McCraw said.
Above May 17 and May 20, Texas Senator John Whitmire, who received an advance press conference from law enforcement, said.
The gunman also bought 375 rounds of ammunition on May 18Whitmire said, citing law enforcement.
State Senator Roland Gutierrez said the purchase was made for the suspect’s 18th birthday.
Before going to school and committing a massacre, the shooter sent a series of chilling text messages to a girl he met online, according to screenshots reviewed by CNN and an interview with CNN. girl.
The teenage girl living in Germany said she started chatting with the shooter on a social networking app earlier this month. She told her that on Monday he had received a package of ammunition.
On Tuesday morning, Ramos called her and told her he loved her, she said.
He complained about his grandmother talking to AT&T on the phone about “my phone.”
“It’s annoying,” he texted.
Six minutes later, at 11:21 am.He texted: “I just shot my grandmother in the head”.
Seconds later, he said, “Ima go up a(n) elementary school rn (right now).”
On Tuesday, May 24in 11:27 am: The video shows an exterior door of Robb Elementary School, where the shooter is believed to have entered, being opened by a teacher, McCraw said at a news conference Friday.
11:28 am: The shooter’s car plunged into a ditch near the school. A teacher ran into the room to get her phone and returned to the exit door, which was still open, McCraw said. DPS Director Victor Escalon said at a news conference Thursday, the suspect jumped out from the passenger side with a rifle and a bag.
Meanwhile, two witnesses who were at the funeral home across from the school heard the crash and went to see what had happened. McCraw said. Both started to run away.
half past eleven: A panicked teacher turned around and “apparently” called 911, McCraw said. In a separate statement, the US Marshals Service said it received a 11:30 a.m. support call from a officer of the Uvalde Police Department.
11:31 am: According to McCraw, the suspect arrived at the last row of cars in the school parking lot and started shooting at the school. The patrol car started arriving at the funeral home.
McCraw said no school personnel faced the suspect outside the school, as officials previously described. A school resource officer was not on the scene but heard a 911 call about a man with a gun, driving into the area and speeding behind the school, toward someone he thought was suspect but a teacher, McCraw said.
In doing so, (school resources officer) drove to the right of the suspect, who was hidden behind a vehicle, where he began shooting at the school, McCraw said. He added that multiple shots were fired by the suspect.
11:33 am: The shooter enters the field and begins to shoot in a classroom, which is connected to the second class. McCraw said he fired “at least” 100 rounds.
(On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said the door the shooter used to enter the school was actually closed – but not locked – by the time he entered. A department spokesman told The Associated Press that a teacher closed an open door once. She realized there was a shooter on campus, but it didn’t lock.The department’s press secretary confirmed to CNN that the AP’s report was accurate. .)
11:35 am: Three officers from the Uvalde Police Department entered the same door as the suspect. Three other Uvalde officers and a county sheriff followed, McCraw said, for a total of seven officers at the scene.
The three officers initially went straight to the closed classroom door, and two received injuries from the shooter, McCraw said.
11:37 am: Another 16 bullets were fired in the following minutes.
11:42 am: A source close to a teacher received a text message saying there was an active shooter on campus. CNN looked at the text string and confirmed the timestamp.
11:43 am: Robb Elementary Announcement on Facebook it is on lockdown “due to gunfire in the area,” adding that “students and staff are safe in the building.”
Around 11:44 am: Officials are calling for more resources, equipment, armor, negotiators and evacuating students and teachers, Escalon said on Thursday.
11:51 am: McCraw said more officers arrived at the scene.
12:03 pm: The officers continued to the school hallway. “There were 19 officers at the time in that corridor,” McCraw said.
12:03 pm: A young girl from inside one of the adjoining classrooms called 911, identified herself, and whispered the classroom she was in. The call lasted one minute and 23 seconds. She called back a few minutes later and said many people had died.
12:10 pm: A first team of U.S. Deputy Secretaries arrived at the scene to assist “federal, state, and local law enforcement were on the scene,” the Police Service said in its statement.
12:13 pm: The girl called 911 again, McCraw said.
12:15 pm: Members of the Border Patrol’s tactical unit, BORTAC, arrived at the scene, McCraw said.
(When the Border Patrol agents started arriving, situation officer A source familiar with the situation has determined that it is a barrier situation. The team then waited, non-intrusively in the classroom where the shooter was hidden – until almost 40 minutes later.
McCraw said the person making that decision is the school district sheriff, call it a “wrong decision,” not engaging the gunman sooner.)
12:17 pm: Robb Elementary Announcement on Facebook that there was an active shooter at the school and that authorities were at the scene.
12:16 pm: The girl called 911 and told the dispatcher that there were eight to nine students alive, McCraw said.
12:19 pm: Another called 911 from one of the classrooms and hung up when another student told her, McCraw said.
12:21 pm: The suspect opened fire again. McCraw said he was at the door.
Law enforcement moved down the hallway.
12:21 pm: Three shots were fired from another 911 call made.
12:36 pm: The first student to return the 911 call, was said to be very quiet, and told the dispatcher “he shot the door,” McCraw said. The call lasted 21 seconds.
12:43 pm: The young woman asked the dispatchers to “please send the police now.”
12:47 pm: The student asked the police again, McCraw said. A minute earlier, she had said she could hear the police next to her.
12:50 pm: McCraw said law enforcement broke the classroom door locked with the janitor’s key. They shot and killed the suspect.
12:51 pm: Through the young girl’s 911 call, there were loud noises and officers could be heard moving children out of the room, McCraw said. The child goes out and the call is disconnected.
McCraw said the suspect purchased and had a total of 1,657 rounds of ammunition in total – at least 315 of which were inside the school.
And 142 of them are used ink cartridges.