In the hours and days since the shooting deaths of 19 children and their two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, authorities have given changing and sometimes conflicting information about what happened. happened and how they reacted.
The investigation into the massacre is ongoing, but much is already known about the nearly two hours that elapsed between when authorities said Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother and when radio traffic Police say the 18-year-old shooter is dead and the siege is over. .
Sometime after 11 a.m. – Ramos shoots his grandmother in the face, according to Texas Public Safety Director Steve McCraw. Gilbert Gallegos, 82, who lives opposite Ramos and his grandmother, heard a gunshot while standing in his yard. He runs forward and sees Ramos speeding away in a van and Ramos’ grandmother coming towards him begging for help. Covered in blood, “She said, ‘Berto, that’s what he did. He shot me,” according to Gallegos, whose wife calls police to report the shooting.
11:27 a.m. — Video shows a teacher, whom authorities have not publicly identified, opening an exterior door to the school, McCraw said.
11:28 a.m. — The teacher exits to retrieve a phone, then returns through the exit door, which remains open, McCraw said. It is unclear why the teacher was retrieving a phone. Department of Public Safety spokesman Travis Considine said Thursday that investigators have not determined why the door was left 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 rush to see what has happened. They see Ramos jump from the passenger side carrying an AR-15 style rifle and a bag full of ammo. The men run and Ramos shoots them but doesn’t hit them. One of the men falls but both return to the funeral home. A panicked teacher then walks out of the school and calls 911.
11:30 a.m. – 911 receives a call that there has been an accident and a man with a gun has shown up at school, McCraw said.
11:31 a.m. – Ramos begins firing into the school from the school parking lot as police cars begin to arrive at the funeral home, McCraw said. Ramos then walks around the school building.
The school district police officer working that day was not on campus at the time, contrary to previous reports, McCraw said Friday. The officer goes to the school “immediately” after receiving the 911 call and approaches someone at the back of the school whom he believes to be the shooter. As the officer “rushed” towards the man, who turned out to be a teacher, McCraw said the officer “drove right past the suspect who was crouched behind” a vehicle.
11:32 a.m. – Ramos fires several shots at the school, then heads for the open door, McCraw said.
11:33 a.m. – Five minutes after crashing the pickup, Ramos enters the school and begins shooting at two adjacent classrooms, 111 and 112, McCraw said. It fires over 100 shots.
11:35 a.m. – Three city police officers enter the school through the same door Ramos used and are then followed by four other officers, McCraw said, putting a total of seven inside the building. Two officers receive “shaving wounds” from Ramos, McCraw said.
11:37 a.m. – Gunfire continues, with 16 total shots, McCraw said. It is not known who fired the shots.
11:51 a.m. – A police sergeant and other law enforcement personnel begin to arrive, McCraw said.
12:03 p.m. – A woman (age unknown) calls 911 and whispers that she is in class 112, McCraw said. The call lasts 1 minute 23 seconds.
12:03 p.m. – Officers continue to enter the school, with up to 19 officers in the hallway near the room where Ramos is locked up, McCraw said.
12:06 p.m. — Anne Marie Espinoza, spokesperson for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, posts on the district’s Facebook page: “All campuses are under lockdown status.
“CISD Uvalde Parents: Please be aware that at this time all campuses are in a state of lockdown due to gunfire in the area. Students and staff are safe in the buildings. Buildings are secure in a lockdown status. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting campus. As soon as the lockdown status is lifted, you will be notified.
“Thank you for your collaboration!”
12:10 p.m. – The woman (age unknown) who called 911 at 12:03 p.m. calls 911 again and says there are multiple fatalities, McCraw said. She calls again at 12:13 p.m., then at 12:16 p.m., when she says there are eight to nine students alive.
12:10 p.m. – The first group of Deputy U.S. Marshals from Del Rio arrive from nearly 70 miles to assist the various other law enforcement officers already at the scene, according to the marshals service.
12:15 p.m. – Members of the U.S. 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 classmate tells her to hang up, McCraw said.
12:21 p.m. – Ramos fires his gun again and officers believe he is at one of the doors to one of the adjacent classrooms, McCraw said. The police advance down the hall.
12:21 p.m. – Three shots can be heard on a 911 call, McCraw said.
Around this time, the police are stuck in the hallway because both classroom doors are locked and they have to get the keys 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 quiet, McCraw said. The girl says, “He shot at the door.”
12:43 p.m. — The girl urges the 911 dispatcher to “please send the police now.”
12:46 p.m. – The girl says she can “hear the police next door.”
12:47 p.m. – She asks 911 again to “please send the police now”.
12:50 p.m. – Officers open the doors with a school employee’s keys, enter the classroom and kill Ramos, McCraw said. Gunshots can be heard during the 911 call.
12:51 p.m. – Officers can be heard moving children out of the room, McCraw said.
12:58 p.m. — Law enforcement radio chatter indicates Ramos has been killed and the siege is over, said Victor Escalon, regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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