The Uvalde school police chief politely asked the gunman at Robb Elementary School to put his weapon down after he opened fire in a classroom, killing 19 students and two teachers, newly released body camera footage revealed.
School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, trying to negotiate with the 18-year-old gunman, can be heard saying: ‘Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. We don’t want anybody else hurt.’
The dramatic footage shows close-up footage outside classrooms 111 and 112, where gunman Salvador Ramos Ki**ed 19 children aged between 9 and 11 and two fourth grade teachers.
In the new footage, Arredondo can be heard nicely asking the gunman to ceasefire as gunshots ring off in classroom. Only about 30 minutes later is the gunman fatally shot.
Parents of victims and members of the Uvalde community have called for Arredondo’s resignation since the massacre nearly two months ago. The response to the shooting has been widely criticized, with many feeling it took officers too long — 77 minutes — to confront and kill the gunman.
The bodycam footage was released Sunday along with a scathing 77-page report that found law enforcement officers ‘failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety.’
The investigation, conducted by a Texas House Committee, detailed a ‘lackadaisical approach’ by authorities who were sent into the elementary school to help, but were unable to follow the school’s active shooter plan.
While the report concluded there was no one person to blame beyond the gunman, it found that numerous agencies contributed to the botched response.
Of those to blame, the report looked at Arredondo’s involvement in the response.
Uvalde’s active shooter plan designates the school district’s police chief as the commanding officer should a shooting occur. Yet, on the day of the shooting, Arredondo did not take charge, the report found.,
The school’s police chief ‘failed to perform or to transfer to another person the role of incident commander.
The report added that police witnesses said they either assumed Arredondo was in charge, or couldn’t tell who was leading the chaotic response.
Arredondo was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned from his spot on Uvalde City Council.
‘Despite an obvious atmosphere of chaos, the ranking officers of other responding agencies did not approach the Uvalde CISD chief of police or anyone else perceived to be in command to point out the lack of and need for a command post, or to offer that specific assistance,’ the report adds.
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