Families of Texas school shooting victims have expressed anger and outrage after new video of the attack surfaced.
82 minutes of footage from Uvalde security cameras released by local media show the attacker’s arrival and how. The police are waitingthe river 77 minutes to face him.
The video was released days before the victims’ families saw it, an initial plan by authorities.
The recording, which corroborates many details already provided by Texas authorities, begins with the moment the attacker crashed his vehicle near the school.
He shoots visitors before entering the research center and walking unhindered through the halls.
It then shows a student walking back to class from the bathroom, sees the attacker walking down the hall in front of him, freezes, and runs back.
The children’s screams are cut from the video, but several bursts of the killer’s gunfire are clearly heard.
Firstly police They came Place Only three minutes After the assailant entered the school and many others gathered in the hallway, no one attempted to enter the classroom, where he barricaded himself with the students.
Armed officers can also be seen entering the classroom where the shooting took place They retreat when they hear gunshots.
Police officers who arrive later with tactical gear and other equipment are also reluctant to confront the assailants.
After 77 minutes, they entered the classroom and shot dead the 18-year-old.
Filtering ahead of schedule
The leak of the images, and what they show, has reignited anger in this Texas town.
“Whoever leaked that video…I pray you never have to deal with what all the parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles are going through. Shame on you,” a relative said at a press conference in Washington DC.
Gloria Casarez, one of the victims of the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers, urged people not to share the video.
“This is the opposite of what the families wanted,” he wrote on Facebook. “Our hearts are broken again!”
But other relatives voiced their support for the spread. “I’m glad it was released. But I wish family members would have waited until they saw it earlier,” Jesse Rizzo, who lost a relative in the shooting, told a local channel.
local environment Austin American-Statesman He defended his decision to release the images in an editorial: “Transparency and relentless reporting is a way to bring about change,” he said.
“Our goal is to continue to bring to light what happened at Rob Elementary School, which the families and friends of the Uvalde victims have been hearing for so long,” he added.
Texas Public Safety Chief Steven McGraw said the commander at the scene, Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo, was “waiting for radios and guns, waiting for shields, waiting for SWAT.”
In June, Arredondo said he did not consider himself the commander and did not order the police to stop. The agent was placed on administrative leave last month and later resigned.
McGraw explained Police response to attack ‘dismal failure’ He also said the officials wasted vital time searching for the keys to the classroom “Never Needed”.
Officials expressed disappointment that footage first shown by a Texas state Senate committee to grieving families was leaked on Sunday.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, speaking at a town hall meeting, called the spill “one of the most cowardly things” he had ever seen.
They don’t necessarily see the shooter come in and hear the gunshots. They don’t need to redo it, they’ve been through enough,” he said.
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