Texas gunman Salvador Ramos who attacked a school in Texas on Tuesday was able
to enter the building unobstructed, police say.
and it is unclear if the school door was even locked.
Mr. Escalon defended the police response amid mounting criticism of an apparent
delay in confronting the gunman.
Witnesses were quoted as saying police were hesitant to confront the killer inside
Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School.
The attacker shot dead 19 students and two teachers and injured at least 17 more
The latest details from the police sharply contradict what was said at a news briefing
Mr. Escalon said at Thursday’s press conference that initial reports the gunman had
shot a guard was incorrect, and there was no school district police officer inside the
school when the shooter arrived.
Mr. Escalon said officers entered the school four minutes after the gunman went in at
But it was an hour before the gunman was killed in a shootout, at 12:45, after the US
Border Patrol tactical teams arrived.
“They [didn’t] make entry immediately because of the gunfire they were receiving,”
Mr. Escalon told reporters.
Videos have emerged of police being urged by desperate family members to storm the
A father whose daughter died in the attack told the Associated Press news agency he
had considered running into the school with bystanders out of frustration at the
One mother told the Wall Street Journal that she was briefly handcuffed, accused of
impeding a police investigation, after demanding along with other parents that
officers storm the building. Angeli Rose Gomez said she saw one frantic father
thrown to the ground by an officer, another father pepper-sprayed and a third who
was later tased.
“The police were doing nothing,” said Ms. Gomez, who was eventually released before
she said she jumped over the school fence and ran inside to rescue her two children.
“They [the police] were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or