The handwritten notes used in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde shed new light on Texas Gov. About who allegedly “misled” him.
Abbott, who initially praised the police for their “quick response” to the massacre, later said that he was “misled” after being told that responding officers visited the school before entering the building. There was an “engagement with the gunman” outside.
The governor’s note – obtained by KTRK – contains bullet points used a day after the May 24 shooting that say the Independent School District Police “contacted + engaged the gun” and “Border Patrol, ISD officers, police, Sheriff + DPS engaged in class.”
According to the Texas Tribune, nine pages of inscribed notes do not reveal who told Abbott that police had encountered shooter Salvador Ramos outside the building, although he did write the word “mayor” at the top of the sheet.
Mayor Steve McLaughlin declined to comment to news outlets about discussions with the governor before the media briefing.
Abbott was questioned after his first press conference to see if he knew police had decided not to break down the door to the classroom where Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers.
It took police about an hour to get inside the classroom – and only after getting a key from a watchman to open the door, officials said.
The governor said the information police had initially given him about response times was incorrect, which led him to release flawed details to the public.
“The reason it didn’t get worse was because law enforcement officers did what they did. They showed amazing courage by running at bullets for the singular purpose of trying to save lives,” Abbott said of the first bloodshed.
“And it is a fact that because of their quick response, being able to respond to the gunman and being able to eliminate the gunman, they were able to save lives,” he said of the police.
He later withdrew his comments.
“I was on the same forum two days ago, and I was sharing the public information I was told [by law enforcement],” Abbott said. “As everyone has learned, the information I was given was partly wrong. I was totally worried about it. ,
He continued: “It is the people who deserve the most answers, and it is the families whose lives have been destroyed. They want answers that are accurate. It is unforgivable that they have to face any kind of misinformation.” Are.”
The governor’s remarks came hours after Texas police admitted they made the “wrong decision” by waiting outside the classroom.
His handwritten notes also contain references that there was no mental health history and no criminal history for the gunman – and include a list of resources, including crisis teams.
KTRK said the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to release information about interviews conducted with officials while setting a response deadline.
“Disclosure of marked records will provide criminals with invaluable information relating to department techniques used to investigate and trace the activities of suspected criminal elements; how the information is evaluated and analyzed; information between partner law enforcement agencies.” How is shared and lessons learned from the analysis of prior criminal activities” DPS told the outlet.
DPS Director Steve McCraw said that the incident commander for the shooting was Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, and that it was Arredondo’s decision to wait approximately 77 minutes to break through the classroom door where the gunman was.
“It was the wrong decision. Period,” Macrow told reporters.
Arredondo recently denied claims that he was the incident commander, telling the Texas Tribune that he never gave orders and didn’t even have a police radio.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday the mayor of Uvalde said the city would evaluate the release of records about the shooting once the investigation is complete, Fox News reported.
“The city of Uvalde and its police department strive for transparency every day,” McLaughlin said in a statement.
“Uvalde County District Attorney has requested the City not to release any city records related to the Rob Elementary School investigation. The District Attorney told us the material is still being reviewed and is under investigation. .