The story has dramatically changed. Why? The initial timeline given by Uvalde officials was inaccurate. New details have emerged since Friday’s press conference.
What was reported before: It was initially reported that police had been outside the school for almost an hour as the shooter was barricaded in a classroom. The testimony implied the police likely believed there was no urgency because the shooter was contained.
What’s being reported now: The shooter arrived at the school at 11:28 a.m and began firing rounds into school windows. Local officers entered the school at 11:35, two minutes after the shooter. There were 19 officers in the hallway by 12:03 p.m., but they did not breach the door and kill the shooter until 12:50, even as they heard him firing.
Students were calling 911 from 12:03 to 12:47, asking for police for help. The breach did not happen until 12:50.
Law enforcement was given orders to hold back from engaging the shooter. At the press conference, officials acknowledged that it was the wrong decision.