In case you hadn’t seen yet, things are turning into an even worse shit show in Texas as new revelations and statements about the timeline of the mass shooting in Uvalde are being reported.
• During a press conference this morning, Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the on-scene commander during the elementary school mass shooting made “the wrong decision – period” by not breaching the classrooms where the gunman was with students and teachers sooner.
McCraw said there were at least 19 officers in a hallway outside of the classrooms when the first call from one of the students inside one of the rooms was made around 12:03 pm but law enforcement did not breach the classrooms until 12:51 pm.
The person made another call at 12:10 pm and advised that multiple people were dead. She called again at 12:13 pm and 12:16 pm and said there were eight to nine students alive inside the classroom she was in.
>> @ShimonPro‘s first Q at the press conference: “You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere. What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?” The awful answer: “None at that time.” pic.twitter.com/qM1liHrY2e
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 27, 2022
• NBC News reports that federal Border Patrol agents arrived on the scene around 12:15 and wanted to enter the classroom but were told to stand down by local police. After over 30 minutes, the federal agents decided to overrule that decision, and they proceeded to enter the classroom.
Federal agents entered the Uvalde elementary school to kill the gunman despite local police initially asking them to wait https://t.co/24FU21aG48
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 27, 2022
• After initial reports that the school resource officer “engaged” with the gunman as he entered the building, the Texas Department of Public Safety now says there was no officer on the school grounds when the shooter arrived.
Texas Department of Public Safety now says there was no school resource officer who engaged the Uvalde shooter — eighth hours after telling CNN that the officer was interviewed about the engagement.
— Victor Blackwell CNN (@VictorBlackwell) May 26, 2022
• A Texas police lieutenant told journalists the police were reluctant to engage the shooter because ‘they could’ve been shot.’
Texas Police Lieutenant Says Cops Were Reluctant to Engage Gunman Because ‘They Could’ve Been Shot’https://t.co/Af393QBrpC
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 26, 2022
To recap: Police claim they shoot unarmed black children because they "fear for their lives" but police also claim they do not shoot armed gunmen killing children because they "fear for their lives."
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 27, 2022
Nothing says ban assault rifles like cops being scared of the shooter who has one.
— Kevin ☕️🎶 (@KevinSixx13) May 26, 2022
• Senator Ted Cruz stormed off in the middle of an interview after a Sky News journalist asked why school mass shootings seem to “only happen in America” during a vigil for the 21 people killed at Robb Elementary School.
“Why only in America?”
US Senator Ted Cruz walks away from @Stone_SkyNews after being asked if “this is the moment to reform gun laws” https://t.co/d2oBaP4KvW#TedCruz #America #Texasshooting #gunlaws pic.twitter.com/gL4TYeg04t
"What stops armed bad guys is armed good guys," Cruz claims, ignoring that 19 cops stood around for nearly an hour while the Uvalde shooter was in an elementary classroom pic.twitter.com/yujgCaxOlk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 26, 2022
• Gov. Greg Abbott – who is up for reelection this year – told reporters today he was “livid” that he had been misled about what happened during the deadly shooting.
• Abbott also said says the Uvalde school shooter had a “mental health challenge” and the state needed to “do a better job with mental health” — yet in April he slashed $211M from the department that oversees mental health programs.
Texas Gov. Abbott says the Uvalde school shooter had a “mental health challenge” and the state needed to “do a better job with mental health” — yet in April he slashed $211M from the department that oversees mental health programs. https://t.co/sUoDT3GQ6o
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 28, 2022
The governor has diverted money away from agencies in Texas that oversee mental health programs and recent reports have found Texas is the worst state in the nation when it comes to providing access to mental health care, they say. https://t.co/XZDVwdgyA8
— ABC News (@ABC) May 27, 2022
Holy shit. This moment should be the end of Greg Abbott’s political career. pic.twitter.com/taMd3DTsQH
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) May 27, 2022