Uvalde: Unanswered Questions Begin To Be Asked
Uvalde: Unanswered Questions Begin To Be Asked
We are all still wrapping our minds around the horror of what happened in Uvalde at Robb Elementary School.
And despite what we do know, there are a lot of unanswered and open questions that are beginning to be asked by the grieving parents and the public at large. The videos and reports are now emerging about the timeline of the shooting itself, and just how long it too for law enforcement to respond. In fact, it now appears that parents, having gotten word that there was a shooting at the school, had gone there only to be blocked by law enforcement. And when the parents demanded that law enforcement get in there?
Police stood by for upward of 40 minutes after a gunman stormed into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday and killed 19 children and two teachers in a classroom, according to a new report.”
Investigators are piecing together what happened over the course of the massacre, which ended with a Border Patrol team rushing in and killing the 18-year-old shooter. Witnesses cited by the Associated Press recalled shouting at police to enter the building to save the people inside. One even proposed having bystanders do the job that officers apparently refused to do as they stood outside.”
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” said Javier Cazares, who lost his fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn, in the attack. “More could have been done. They were unprepared.”
And the police have a lot of questions to answer regarding their treatment of parents at the scene.
A video that was streamed live on Tuesday, which reportedly begins at 11:54 a.m., shows frustrated parents chastising police and trying to get into the school.”
Angeli Rose Gomez, a farm supervisor and parent of children in the second and third grade at Robb Elementary School, said she was put in handcuffs by federal marshals who told her she was being arrested for intervening in an active investigation, reported the Wall Street Journal. Gomez also said she witnessed a father thrown to the ground by police and another parent pepper-sprayed. The report noted that Gomez, once she was let out of the handcuffs, found an area to jump the school fence, made it inside the building, and ran out of the school with her two children.”
During a press conference conducted today in Uvalde by law enforcement, several changes were made to the timeline. Notably, it had been initially reported that a school resource officer had attempted to engage the shooter. Now, we are being told that this never happened, the school resource officer was not present, and that the school doors were left unlocked.
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— America Reports (@AmericaRpts) May 26, 2022
The police have a lot of questions to answer, especially as to the wait involved to engage the shooter after he got into the school. Uvalde has a SWAT team – where were they? Why was it a Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) agent who ended up going in and taking out the shooter, nearly getting killed in the process? Law enforcement is not looking good in Uvalde, and it doesn’t seem like they are eager to answer the questions that don’t make their timeline look good.
Why are you holding a press conference if you cannot answer WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED FOR A FULL HOUR https://t.co/94qbnO0BQU
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 26, 2022
Especially considering that there are eyewitness survivors to the shooting in the classroom.
A fourth grader who survived the mass shooting at Robb Elementary has shared gut-wrenching details about what he witnessed inside that classroom.”
“He shot the next person’s door. We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die,'” the boy recalled.”
Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself inside a classroom and opened fire on the people inside, killing 19 children and two teachers before he was killed by law enforcement.”
And in another devastating turn of events, the husband of Irma Garcia, one of the teachers killed, has now reportedly died of a heart attack. There are now four children who have lost both their parents within the space of two days.
Meanwhile, there’s another very unanswered question: how did the shooter have the money to BUY these firearms?
One question that hasn’t been answered yet…
Where does an 18-year-old unemployed high school drop out get the money to buy two AR style rifles w/ hundreds of rounds of ammo & magazines?
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 26, 2022
The AR-15 style rifle that was recovered at the school has been reported to be a Daniel Defense DDM V7, which sells for $1,870. Where did the shooter get the money to not just buy this rifle, but another one, plus the ammunition? A former co-worker claims that the shooter told people that he was saving his paychecks to buy guns and ammunition, and that he quit his job at Wendy’s when he had enough. If so, this speaks to a level of premeditation that should have, could have, needed to be flagged down by SOMEBODY – and yet there doesn’t seem to be anyone who did.
Which likely means there are going to be questions about the Uvalde shooter that are never going to be answered. But law enforcement needs to account for the timeline, and what they were doing while the shooter was inside the building, and the school needs to answer questions about their own safety procedures.
Featured image: Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, via VOA on Wikimedia Commons, cropped, public domain
“If so, this speaks to a level of premeditation that should have, could have, needed to be flagged down by SOMEBODY – and yet there doesn’t seem to be anyone who did.” And if they had flagged it, what would they have done? Take the money away from him? I think that’s called “stealing.” Charge him “saving money for some evil scheme?” Not in any statute book. Americans tend to think that there’s got to be a rational solution to evil. Sometimes that’s just not true.
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