“People are going to ask why we are taking so long,” the Times reported, citing a transcript of law enforcement body camera footage.
According to the Times, “we are trying to save the rest of our lives,” the transcript says.
The Times reported that the authorities were impatient and expressed their concerns.
“If there are children there, we should go there,” an official was quoted as saying, citing investigative documents.
The Times quoted another official as saying, “Whoever is in charge will decide.”
At about 11:44 a.m., officers at the scene evacuated additional resources, equipment, body armor and negotiators, as well as students and teachers, officials said earlier.
At 12:03 p.m., “19 officers” gathered on the school’s sidewalk, while the gunman was inside the classroom next to the massacre.
At the same time, authorities said a student from a nearby classroom identified himself and the classroom he was in and called 911. He called back at 12:13 p.m., and then several minutes later told passersby that eight to nine students were still alive, according to officials.
At 12:50 p.m., law enforcement officers broke down the classroom door, used a guard’s key and shot the suspect.
“From where I’m sitting now, of course it’s not the right decision,” McGrath said at the time, about the supervisor’s call not to confront the shooter. “This is a wrong decision. Time. There is no excuse for that.”
CNN has approached the office of DPS and Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee for comment.
Sources close to the group said the report would focus only on the facts and would include a chronological sequence of events, a chronology and details of the shooter. The panel has semi-judicial and sapona powers, and the testimony of all witnesses will be under oath, the source said.
In response to a Times article, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press secretary Rene Eis said in a statement Thursday, “Investigations are ongoing by the Texas Rangers and the FBI and we look forward to sharing with the victims the full truth about what happened on that tragic day. The public. “
CNN’s Christina Macsoris and Rosa Flores contributed to the report.
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