Texas Authorities Release Statement on Law Enforcement Response to Mass Shooting in Uvalde – Police Arrived 4 Minutes After Shooting Began (VIDEO)

Regional Director for the Department of Public Safety South Texas, Victor Escalon, Jr. provided an update on Thursday following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary that killed 19 children and 2 adults.

18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday killing 19 children and two teachers.  He also shot his grandmother in the face.  Senator Roland Gutierrez said the grandmother is still alive but in critical condition.

According to multiple reports, the deranged shooter spent more than 40 minutes inside as loved ones and onlookers begged the police to charge into the building.

On Thursday, Officer Escalon of the TxDPS-South Region provided an update on their investigation regarding the mass shooting.

“On Tuesday, May 24, 11:28, the suspect wrecked his vehicle, [a] pickup truck that he took from his grandmother. He had just shot his grandmother in the face. She’s alive. She’s stable at this point,” Escalon said.

“He jumps out the passenger side of the truck. According to witnesses, he’s got a long arm rifle and a bag. He walks around. He sees two witnesses at the funeral home across the street from where he rents. He engages and fires toward them. He continues walking towards the school. He climbs the fence. Now he’s in the parking lot, shooting at the school multiple times. At 11:40, he walks into the west side of Robb Elementary.”

Escalon said the suspect entered the school “unobstructed” through open doors. Law enforcement officers faced gunfire from the subject, who was barricaded inside a classroom.

“Multiple rounds. Numerous rounds are discharged in the school. We’re trying to get a number. Four minutes later, local police departments, the Independent School District Police Department are inside making entry. They hear gunfire, they take rounds. They move back, get covered, and during that time, they approached where the suspect is at. According to the information I have, he went in at 11:40.”

“Officers are there, the initial officers. They receive gunfire. They don’t make entry initially because of the gunfire they’re receiving. We have officers calling for additional resources. Everybody that’s in the area, tactical teams. We need equipment. We need specialty equipment. We need body armor. We need precision riflemen negotiators,” Escalon continued.

“So during that time that they’re making those calls to bring in help to solve this problem and stop it immediately, they’re also evacuating personnel. I say personnel, students, teachers. There’s a lot going on a lot complex situation. They’re measuring, they’re measuring,” Escalon explained.

He said the US Border Patrol tactical teams arrived on the scene approximately an hour later. The team made an entry and shot and killed the suspect.

“Approximately an hour later, US Border Patrol tactical teams arrived. They make entry, shoot and kill the suspect. But you also had a Zavala County Deputy and you bought a police Department that made entry and killed the suspect. Now it turns into a rescue operation. How do we save these children?”

Escalon added that based on the information they gathered, the majority of the gunfire was in the beginning approximately more than 25.

“According to the information we have, the majority of the gunfire was in the beginning. I say numerous, more than 25. There was a lot of gunfire in the beginning. During the negotiations, there wasn’t isn’t much gunfire other than trying to keep the officers at bay but that could change depending on once we analyze the video.”

The Gateway Pundit previously reported that the deranged shooter was shot and killed by an off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit (BORTAC) who responded to a law enforcement request and rushed into the school.

The Gateway Pundit reported earlier that a viral video making rounds online shows anxious, angry parents pleading to the police to go inside the school while mass murderer Salvador Ramos spent more than 40 minutes inside.

Javier Cazares, whose daughter died in the attack, urged the bystanders to “rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to. More could have been done. They were unprepared.”

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