Parents urge police to enter US school
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Parents urge police to enter US school

Desperate parents yelled at police to enter the Texas elementary school where a massacre occurred, with some trying to approach the building before being stopped by officers, according to videos recorded during the attack.

Parents urge police to enter US school

The videos released Thursday, along with preliminary reports of the timeline of the shooting by authorities, suggest that an hour passed between when the attack began and when specially trained officers broke into the fourth-grade classroom where the 18 -year-old Salvador Ramos had killed 19 children and two teachers – and shot him dead.

In a video posted to Facebook by a man named Angel Ledezma, parents can be seen breaking through yellow police tape and yelling at officers to enter the building.

“It’s been an hour, and they still can’t get all the kids out,” Ledezma said during the video.

Ledezma did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Another video on YouTube showed officers restraining at least one adult.

One can hear a woman say, “Why let the kids die? There’s shooting going on in there.”

“We have boys fetching children,” an officer tells the crowd.

“They are at work.”

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Olivarez said investigators were still trying to confirm a precise timeline, including how long Ramos remained barricaded in the classroom.

The shooting has rekindled the debate over gun laws in the U.S.

President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats have pledged to push for new restrictions, despite opposition from Republicans.

There were few warning signs: Ramos, a school dropout, had no criminal record or history of mental illness.

Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that Ramos had written an online message to someone minutes before the attack saying he was about to “shoot up an elementary school.”

Authorities said Ramos shot his grandmother in their shared house before he fled, and his car crashed into Robb Elementary School around 11:30 am.

His grandmother, who is in critical condition in hospital, managed to call the police.

Outside the school, Ramos, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, dodged a school police officer, dropping a bag full of ammunition.

Officials have made conflicting statements about whether Ramos and the officer exchanged gunshots before Ramos could enter the school.

“We are trying to determine exactly his role and how he met the shooter,” Olivarez told CNN.

Ramos injured two officers in a hallway before barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom, Olivarez said.

The attack provoked a massive response from law enforcement, including hundreds of officers, who surrounded the building and broke windows to force children and staff to leave.

In the end, members of a U.S. Border Patrol tactical unit broke through the classroom and apparently killed Ramos, with one officer injured in the crossfire, officials said.

Uvalde police announced shortly after 1 pm that the incident was over.

Olivarez said the attack lasted between 40 and 60 minutes, although he could not say whether the period started when Ramos shot his grandmother or the teenager arrived at the school.

The FBI is working on getting surveillance footage from the school’s cameras.

At least 17 people were also injured, including several children.

Relatives of victims used social media to express their grief over the loss of children who never returned home from school.

“We told her we loved her and that we would pick her up after school,” Kimberly Mata-Rubio posted on Facebook in memory of her daughter, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, an honorary fourth-grade student.

“We had no idea this was a goodbye.”

In Washington, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate seemed far from compromise on new gun restrictions.

Biden, who has urged Congress to take action, will visit Uvalde in the coming days.

The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting begins Friday in Houston, where Republicans, including Abbott, US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and former President Donald Trump, are expected to address the gun rights group.

The NRA expressed condolences to the victims but said the event would go as planned.