UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — A teacher at Robb Elementary School opened an exterior door that law enforcement said was a gunman who broke in and killed 19 students and two teachers closed the door, but it didn’t, state police said on Tuesday.
Investigators initially said the teacher had held the door open with a rock before entering the school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 of 18-year-old Salvador Ramos and had not removed it. Investigators have now determined that the teacher, who has not been identified, said Travis Considine, chief communications officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, when he realized there was a shooter on the campus, removed the rock and closed the door. done.
Considine said the teacher initially held the door open, but ran back inside to get his phone and called 911 when Ramos crashed his truck.
“She got back on her phone, she heard someone shouting, ‘He has a gun!’ Removed the rock, Considine said.
He continued: “We verified that he locked the door. The door didn’t close. We know that much and now investigators are investigating why it didn’t lock.”
San Antonio attorney Don Flannery told the San Antonio Express-News that employees at Robb Elementary School, whom he did not wish to name, closed the door after realizing that a gunman was open.
“He saw the wreckage,” Flannery told the newspaper. “She ran back inside to get her phone to report the accident. She got back on the phone to 911. The people at the funeral home shouted, ‘He has a gun!’ She saw him jump over the fence, and she had a gun with her so she ran back inside.
“She kicked the rock when she went back in. She remembers telling 911 that she closed the door that she was shooting. She thought the door would close because that door should always be closed.”
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