UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — About 400 law enforcement officers responded to the mass shooting at Uvalde Elementary School, but “horrifyingly poor decision-making” resulted in more than an hour of chaos before it was finally resolved. Confront and take down the man who killed 21 people, according to a report by investigators released on Sunday.
The nearly 80-page report was the first to criticize both state and federal law enforcement, not just South Texas city officials, for the dismal lack of action by heavily armed officers as the shooter was shot inside a classroom. was given. 4th grader elementary school in Robb.
“At Rob Elementary, law enforcement officers did not follow their training in the position of an active assailant, and did not prioritize saving innocent lives over their own safety,” the report said.
According to the document, the attacker fired approximately 142 shots inside the building, and “it is almost certain” that he fired at least 100 before any officers entered the compound, detailing multiple failures in the response. . They are among:
– The commander of the Border Patrol Tactical Team waits for a ballistic shield and a classroom master key, which may not be required, before entering orbit.
Despite having a large number of police officers on the spot, no one took command.
— An officer from the Uvalde Police Department said they learned of 911 calls coming from inside the classroom, and believed officers stationed on one side of the building knew there were trapped victims. Anyway, no one tried to break into the classroom.
The report—the most comprehensive version to date of the faltering and disorganized response to the May 24 massacre—was prepared by an investigative committee of the Texas House of Representatives. The findings quickly yielded at least one result: Lieutenant Mariano Pargas, an officer from the Uvalde Police Department who was the city’s interim police chief during the massacre, was placed on administrative leave.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced that an investigation would be opened to determine whether Pargas should have taken place. McLaughlin also said that the city would release all Uvalde Police body camera footage of the massacre.
Relatives of victims in the city received copies of the report on Sunday, before it was released to the public.
“It’s a joke. They’re a joke. They have no business wearing badges. None of them,” said 11-year-old Layla Salazar’s grandfather Vincent Salazar.
As per reports, 376 police officers attended the school. Most of them were state and federal agents, including 150 Border Patrol personnel and 91 state police officers.
“Apart from the attacker, the commission did not find any other ‘villain’ during its investigation,” the report said. “There is no one we can hold responsible for malicious or petty purposes. Instead, we found systemic failures and catastrophically poor decision-making. ,
The report said that of the hundreds of police officers who arrived to report to the school, many were better trained and equipped than the school district police, which the Texas Department of Public Safety, the state police force responsible for, did not enter the classroom before. was ordained. before this.
The report was released after several weeks of in-camera interviews with more than 40 people, including witnesses and police officers who were present at the shooting site.
Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol officials did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.