One child yelled, “I’ve been shot,” drawing the gunman’s attention. He came back to where the child lay and shot the student again, killing him, Khloie said.
Chief Arredondo arrived at 11:35 a.m., when the first officers began walking to the hallway outside the classroom door. Two minutes later, a lieutenant and a sergeant of the Uvalde Police Department approached the door and were fired upon.
Shortly after, Chief Arredondo placed a call from the crime scene and reached a police landline. He described the situation and requested a radio, a rifle and a contingent of heavily armed officers, according to the law enforcement officer familiar with the initial response, who described it on condition of anonymity as the officer was not authorized to disclose the details. .
The decision to establish a perimeter outside the classroom just over five minutes after the shooting began shifted the police response from one where each officer would attempt to confront the gunman as quickly as possible to one where officers would kill the gunman. gunner if barricaded and no more kill. Rather than storm the classroom, it was decided to deploy a negotiator and set up a more heavily armed and shielded tactical force.
“They made a bad decision by defining that as a hostage barricade,” said Bill Francis, a former FBI agent who was a senior leader of the agency’s hostage-taking team for 17 years. “The longer you wait to find and eliminate that threat, the longer it has to continue killing other victims.”
Inside, the gunman moved between the two adjacent classrooms. After he left her room, Khloie said, calling out softly, “Is anyone okay? Is anyone injured?”
“Yes,” replied a classmate.
“Be quiet so he doesn’t come back here,” Khloie recalled that she’d responded. Another child asked for help to get Mrs Garcia’s body off her.