“With a bit of a hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision it was the wrong decision, period,” McCraw told reporters Friday while attempting to deflect blame away from himself.
Most disturbingly, McCraw explained how students called 9-1-1 multiple times from the classroom where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos unleashed his reign of terror.
By the time the classroom was breached Ramos had murdered 19 children and two adults.
The Daily Caller reports:
McCraw’s public admission of police error comes in response to widespread outrage from the community that police didn’t overtake the school shooter quickly enough, according to CBS News. McCraw insisted police initially believed the shooter was barricaded, but the situation quickly escalated.
McCraw went on to detail the numerous calls made by students from inside the classroom. He described a series of those calls. “At 12:03 the duration of the call was one minute 23 seconds. She identified herself and whispered she’s in room 112,” McCraw said. “At 12:10 she called back and advised there were multiple dead,” he said. [emphasis added]
“12:13 again she called on the phone. Again at 12:16 she called back and said there were 8 to 9 students alive,” McCraw said. [emphasis added]
McCraw detailed another call, saying a “student child called back and was told to stay on the phone and be very quiet.” He emotionally described that “at 12:47 she asked 911 to please send the police now.” [emphasis added]
Earlier today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) held a press conference with Uvalde Mayor Don McClaughlin. Abbott said he was misled about the response and was “absolutely livid.” McClaughlin said he was “blown away” by the developments.
The victims of Tuesday’s shooting are as follows:
- Naveah Bravo, 10
- Jackie Cazares, 10
- Makenna Elrod, 10
- Jose Flores Jr., 10
- Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, 10
- Irma Garcia, fourth-grade teacher
Garcia’s husband, Joe, suffered a fatal heart attack two days after his wife’s death. The couple was married for 24 years.
- Uziyah Garcia, 8
- Amerie Jo Garza, 9
- Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
- Xavier Lopez, 10
- Tess Marie Mata, 10
- Miranda Mathis, 11
- Eva Mireles, fourth-grade teacher
- Alithia Ramirez, 10
- Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
- Maite Rodriguez
- Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10
- Layla Salazar, 10
- Jailah Silguero, 10
- Eliahana Cruz Torres
- Rogelio Torres, 10
According to Gov. Abbott, at least 17 people were wounded in the attack.