Uvalde student pleads for help on 911 call during school shooting

Manic students, teachers, and witnesses at Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, described the horrors as it occurred in 911 calls that were obtained by the Texas Tribune and ProPublica, and issued with the permission of the families involved. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed Shooting on 24th May,

“He’s shooting kids inside the school,” a caller told the 911 dispatcher at 11:33 a.m.

Three minutes later, Monica Martinez, a teacher hiding in a closet, told a dispatcher, “There’s an explosion at my school.”

The gunman fired dozens of rounds, and more than an hour after the massacre began, more desperate calls were made from inside the school, including 10-year-old Khloe Torres, who begged help from officers standing on the other side. . towards the wall. Torres narrowly escaped the attack.

“Can you ask the police to come to my room?” Torres said.

“I already told them to go to the room,” said a dispatcher. “We’re trying to get someone to come to you.”

Even as hundreds of officers from around two dozen agencies were present on the spot, the lack of coordinated communication was evident. A dispatcher incorrectly stated that Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, at the time of shootingWas in the room with the shooter.

“Just be advised that 401 is in the room with the shooter,” said the dispatcher, using Arredondo’s call sign. “The 401 is in the room with the shooter.”

Last week, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw defended his agency’s response to massacre.

“I can tell you this right now – DPS just as an institution, the community, plain and simple did not fail,” he said at a Public Safety Commission hearing in Austin.

Javier Cazares, the father of Jackie Cazares, who was killed in the massacre, still wants justice.

“Should he (Steven McCraw) resign? Yes,” Cajares said. “But I believe we should put an end to this investigation. You know he can’t get away that easily.”

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