Public Safety Director Admits he Made Wrong Decision in Uvalde Shooting
Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw said that he made a wrong decision during the shooting that took place at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, last week. This decision came at a very crucial moment during the tragic events that took place that day.
In a period spanning approximately 4minuteste, from 12:03 to 12:50, there were 19 officers located inside the school. However, in that timeframe, none of the officers entered the classroom to try and stop the shooter. The reason for this according to McCraw is because the incident commander reported that the situation was no longer an active shooting. Instead, it was reported that the situation had turned into a barricaded subject. It was at this moment that the incident commander and the superintendent of the school believed that the children were no longer in direct danger. They also believed that they now had time for the backup to arrive before entering the classroom.
Also at this time, many 911 calls were coming in from teachers and students inside of the school asking when the police would be sent in to stop the shooter. There were also questions later on why these calls were not sent to the incident commander, which would have shown that it was still an active shooter situation. It was in this period that McCraw said that he made the wrong decision, saying at a briefing later, “of course it wasn’t the right decision. It was the wrong decision.”
They are still trying to determine how many students and teachers were killed in those 40 minutes.
There have been other questions circulating regarding how the shooter was able to carry out this terrible act. One of those questions surrounding how he was even able to enter the school, to begin with. Video surveillance footage later showed that a teacher had incorrectly propped the door open, allowing the shooter to enter the school. Director McCraw also said that there was no resource officer on the school’s campus that day.
Director McCraw also gave more information on the ammo carried by the shooter. McCraw stated that the shooter carried a large supply of ammo, which included some left in the car he abandoned, some left on the grounds of the school, and some still on the shooter’s person. The director also stated that 100 of those rounds were sent off in the first few minutes of the shooting.
The director was later asked whether the families of the victims deserved an apology. McCraw’s response was, “if I thought it would help, I would.”
Investigations into all of the circumstances surrounding the shooting have continued since that day, which has included several search warrants to try and determine the shooter’s motive for carrying out the act. In Washington DC, lawmakers are continuing to go through negotiations to try and determine a way forward in reducing gun violence around the country. These efforts have largely been on the Democratic side of the aisle, with Republicans hesitant on restricting gun rights in any way. However, there are bipartisan talks that have taken place among some lawmakers. The path forward remains unclear, and it will likely take some time before any steps are taken as Congress remains in recess until the end of next week.