Police response to Texas school shooting questioned

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Uvalde, Texas — Frustrated onlookers urged constabulary officers to complaint into the Texas simple schoolhouse wherever a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and 2 teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, arsenic investigators worked to way the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended erstwhile the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.

"Go successful there! Go successful there!" adjacent women shouted astatine the officers soon aft the onslaught began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the country from extracurricular his location crossed the thoroughfare from Robb Elementary School successful the close-knit municipality of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not spell in.

Javier Cazares, whose 4th people daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed successful the attack, said helium raced to the schoolhouse erstwhile helium heard astir the shooting, arriving portion constabulary were inactive gathered extracurricular the building.

Upset that constabulary were not moving in, helium raised the thought of charging into the schoolhouse with respective different bystanders.

"Let's conscionable unreserved successful due to the fact that the cops aren't doing thing similar they are expected to," helium said. "More could person been done."

"They were unprepared," helium added.

Carranza said the officers should person entered the schoolhouse sooner.

"There were much of them. There was conscionable 1 of him," helium said.

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol authoritative told CBS News a tactical "stack" of 4 CBP officials entered the school. Three opened occurrence and "engaged the shooter," the authoritative said.

Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol's Del Rio Sector., told CBS quality 80 CBP agents, galore of them off-duty, responded to the shooting.

Carranza, the neighbor, said helium watched arsenic the gunman, identified by authorities arsenic Salvador Ramos, 18, crashed his motortruck into a ditch extracurricular the school, grabbed his AR-15-style semi-automatic firearm and changeable astatine 2 radical extracurricular a adjacent ceremonial location who ran distant uninjured.

Officials accidental helium "encountered" a schoolhouse territory information serviceman extracurricular the school, though determination were conflicting reports from authorities connected whether the men exchanged gunfire.

After moving inside, the shooter fired connected 2 arriving Uvalde constabulary officers who were extracurricular the building, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. The constabulary officers were injured.

After entering the school, the gunman charged into 1 schoolroom and began to kill.

The gunman barricaded himself successful the classroom, Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told "CBS Mornings."

"At that point, [he] conscionable started shooting children and teachers that were wrong that classroom, having nary respect for quality life," Olivarez said. "Just a implicit tragedy. An evil idiosyncratic going into the schoolhouse and sidesplitting children for nary crushed whatsoever."

All those killed were successful the aforesaid classroom, helium said.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that 40 minutes to an hr elapsed from erstwhile the gunman opened occurrence connected the schoolhouse information serviceman to erstwhile the tactical squad changeable him, though a section spokesperson said aboriginal that they could not springiness a coagulated estimation of however agelong the gunman was successful the schoolhouse oregon erstwhile helium was killed.

"The bottommost enactment is instrumentality enforcement was there," McCraw said. "They did prosecute immediately. They did incorporate (the shooter) successful the classroom."

Olivarez said the officers who archetypal responded to the country "were astatine a constituent of disadvantage" and were not capable to marque entry. 

"There was nary mode they were capable to marque entry, particularly with the magnitude of manpower that was connected scene," helium said. "So astatine that point, their superior absorption was to evacuate arsenic galore children arsenic possible."

A specialized tactical portion made of local, authorities and national instrumentality enforcement officers were yet capable to participate the classroom, authorities said. Three officers were injured, and each are successful bully condition, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. 

McCraw commended the officers who engaged the shooter earlier the tactical portion entered, saying they saved lives by keeping him "pinned down" astatine his location. 

"Obviously this is simply a concern  we failed successful the consciousness that we didn't forestall this wide onslaught — but I tin archer you, those officers that arrived connected the country and enactment their lives successful danger, they saved different kids," helium said. "They kept him pinned down, and we're precise arrogant of that."  

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