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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Timeline: Events around Uvalde, Texas, school siege

In the hours and days following the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, officials provided shifting and at times conflicting information about what happened and how they reacted.

The investigation into the massacre is still ongoing, but about two hours are already known when authorities say Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother and when police radio traffic indicated that the 18-year-old gunman was dead and The siege was up.

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According to Texas Director of Public Safety Steve McCraw, sometime after 11 a.m. — Ramos shot his grandmother in the face. Gilbert Gallegos, 82, who lives across the street near Ramos and his grandmother, heard a shot in his yard. He runs to the front and sees Ramos speeding up in a pickup truck and Ramos’ grandmother pleading for help. Covered in blood, “she says, ‘Berto, that’s what he did. He shot me,'” according to Gallegos, whose wife calls the police to report the shooting.

11:27 am – Video shows a teacher, who has not been publicly identified by officials, opening the school’s exterior door, McCraw said.

11:28 a.m. – The teacher walks out to get a phone and then returns through the exit door, which remains open, McCraw said. It is not clear why the teacher was receiving the phone. Public Safety Department spokesman Travis Considine said Thursday that investigators had not determined why the door was open.

11:28 a.m. – Ramos crashes the pickup into a drainage ditch behind the school, McCraw said. Two men at a nearby funeral home hear the accident and run away to see what had happened. They see Ramos jump off the passenger side carrying an AR-15-style rifle and a bag full of ammunition. The men run and Ramos fires at them but does not kill them. One of the men falls to the ground but both make it back to the funeral home. A panicked teacher then leaves the school and calls 911.

11:30 a.m. – Received a call to 911 saying there was an accident at the school and that a man was with a gun, McCraw said.

11:31 a.m. – Ramos begins shooting at the school from the school’s parking lot as police cars begin arriving at the funeral home, McCraw said. Ramos then makes his way around the school building.

McCraw said Friday that the school district police officer, who was working that day, was not on campus at the time, contrary to previous reports. The officer “immediately” goes to the school after receiving a 911 call and contacts someone he believed to be a gunman in the back of the school. As the officer “speeded up” toward the man, who turned out to be a teacher, McCraw said the officer “drived right by the suspect sitting down in the back of a vehicle”.

11:32 a.m. – Ramos fired several shots at the school and then made his way toward the open door, McCraw said.

11:33 a.m. — Five minutes after the pickup crashes, Ramos enters the school and begins shooting at two adjacent classrooms, 111 and 112, McCraw said. He fired more than 100 rounds.

11:35 a.m. – Three city police officers enter the school through the same door Ramos used and are later followed by four other officers, McCraw said, putting a total of seven inside the building. Two officers receive “grazing wounds” from Ramos, McCraw said.

11:37 a.m. – Gunfire continues, with a total of 16 rounds fired, McCraw said. It is not clear who fired the shot.

11:51 a.m. – A police sergeant and other law enforcement began to arrive, McCraw said.

12:03 p.m. – A woman (age unknown) calls 911 and whispers she’s in class 112, McCraw said. The call lasts for 1 minute 23 seconds.

12:03 P.M. – Officers continue to enter the school, where there are 19 officers, in the hallway near Ramos’s room, McCraw said.

12:06 PM – Anne Marie Espinoza, spokeswoman for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, posts on the district’s Facebook page: “All campuses are under lockdown status.

“Uvalde CISD Parents: Please know that at this time all campuses are in lockdown due to gunfire in the area. Students and staff are safe in the buildings. The buildings are safe in the lockdown situation. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not going to the campus. You will be informed as soon as the lockdown status is lifted.”

“thanks for your cooperation!”

12:10 p.m. – The woman (age unknown) who called 911 at 12:03 a.m. called 911 again and said several were dead, McCraw said. She calls again at 12:13 pm and again at 12:16, when she says that eight to nine students are alive.

12:10 a.m. – The first group of deputy US marshals from Del Rio arrive to the aid of various other law enforcement officers from about 70 miles (113 kilometers) away, according to the Marshals Service.

12:15 a.m. – Members of the US Border Patrol tactical team arrive with shields, McCraw said.

12:19 p.m. – Another girl in room 111 calls 911 and ends the call when a fellow student asks her to call, McCraw said.

12:21 p.m. – Ramos fires his gun again and officers believe he is at the door of one of the adjacent classrooms, McCraw said. The police walk down the hallway.

12:21 a.m. – Three shots can be heard during the 911 call, McCraw said.

Around this time, the police are trapped in the hallway as both the classroom doors are locked and they must get the key from a school employee.

12:36 p.m. – A child calls 911 for 21 seconds.

Around this time, a girl calls 911 and is told to stay on the line and be very calm, McCraw said. The girl says, “He shot the door.”

12:43 P.M.—The girl urges the 911 dispatcher to “please send the police now.”

12:46 p.m. – Girl says she can “hear the police next door.”

12:47 p.m. – She again asks 911 to “please send the police now.”

12:50 a.m. – Officers open doors with keys from a school employee, enter the classroom and kill Ramos, McCraw said. Shots can be heard on 911 calls.

12:51 a.m. – Officers can be heard escorting children out of the room, McCraw said.

12:58 p.m. – Law enforcement radio chatter says Ramos has been killed and the siege is over, said Victor Ascalon, regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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