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The Texas public safety chief yesterday offered more details on the mass shooting in Uvalde that left 19 children and two teachers dead last month, calling the law enforcement response an “abject failure.”
The armed officers at the scene could have stormed the classroom where the gunman was barricaded because the door was unlocked, according to Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Instead, the officers waited for over an hour in the hallway for a key to the classroom, security footage shows. McCraw, who spoke during a Texas Senate committee hearing, said a teacher had previously reported the lock was broken.
McCraw also said officers were waiting for direction from the commanding officer and school police chief, Pete Arredondo. Arredondo has claimed he was trying to unlock the classroom door and believed someone else had been in command at the time.
The testimony comes as officials investigate the delayed law enforcement response. See a timeline of events here.