A small army of 376 federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed their tactical response disastrously to the mass shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvaldea preliminary report by an investigative committee of Texas House of Representatives revealed on Sunday, paints a picture of dysfunction far beyond a Confused sheriff.
The 77-page report — one page per minute of leaked video showcasing the massacre — is the product of about 40 interviews with witnesses, including the school police, the superintendent, the principal, school principals and others. It provides a new summary of what happened inside the building, the profile of the gunman who got inside, and a beat-by-step account of how mistakes or actions by officers, schools and families. How the shooter’s family led to disaster.
“The committee is issuing this interim report now, believing that the victims, their families and the entire Uvalde community have waited too long for answers and transparency,” the report reads, according to a copy reviewed by The Daily Beast.
While the report provides new details on the police response and the shooter’s personal background, it also confirms months of reports by local and national media, sources and The interview helped guide the victim’s family when authorities failed to notify them.
The document shows how vast amounts of police resources failed to prevent the tragedy, even as school officials tried to protect the children. According to reports, not a single law enforcement officer was present on the school campus when gunman Salvador Ramos attacked. Instead, the school was informed of his presence by coach Yvette Silva, who the report said “almost certainly saved a life”.
This documentary shows how Ramos went from being an 18-year-old with mental health problems to becoming a serial killer. It says he grew up in an unstable home and the family knew he was unwell, with one cousin saying he had expressed suicidal thoughts shortly before the attack. An ex-girlfriend interviewed by the FBI said he seemed “lonely and depressed,” being teased repeatedly as a “school shooter” months before the massacre.
Law enforcement also knew Ramos through a heated argument he had with his mother, which was broadcast live on Instagram. The argument resulted in the sheriff’s deputies being called to the house, although the manhunt ultimately proved dangerous: Ramos had moved in with his grandparents and there were no arrests. be done. The report also confirmed previous report from The Daily Beast that when they learned that Ramos had brought the guns home before the attack, the family ordered them to be removed from the house.
An exact account of how the police responded to the massacre has yet to be written. Initially, police and city officials tried to paint the response officers as “heroes,” showing how the officers managed to prevent the deaths of hundreds of other students. “There was no hesitation for any of these officers, they moved straight in the direction of the gunfire,” they told state authorities, hoping they would help film the story, based on The New York Times.
If it wasn’t there, that story was completely ruined last week surveillance footage leaked showed dozens of officers — many heavily armed and sporting armor — hesitant to enter a classroom where the gunman had barricaded himself. Some even run in the opposite direction. Eventually, as more gunshots rang out, the officers carried their barricade shields, but they ended up keeping a healthy distance from the conflict for more than an hour, the footage fostering the perception that they were protected. Protect yourself from the kids.
But the footage also ignited the wounds of a grieving community, with some officials and survivors arguing over whether Austin Chinese American and the KVUE local area network should have leaked the video a few days before families were set up to watch it. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin called the move “one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever seen”.
The report confirms that a police officer seen in the footage and posted online is in fact CSID Officer Uvalde Ruben Ruiz, who was removed from the scene after receiving a text message from his wife, who was shot. in the class. She has come to terms with her trauma.
The responsibility for the tactical response at least so far lies largely with the Chief of Police of the Uvalde School Pete Arredondo, who allegedly failed to follow active shooting protocols may have increased the death toll in the attack. Arredondo was placed on leave almost a month after the shooting, and since then has resigned from a city council post he was elected to hold shortly before the massacre.
He was not immune to criticism in the report, which caused problems with his previous claim of not realizing he was in charge as incident commander at the scene that day. . But the new document raises new questions about how many heavily armed police officers failed to stop a murderous rampage — and whether lives were lost as a result.