Video from Uvalde’s body camera shows the police chief repeatedly trying to negotiate with the gunman as he continued to fire

Newly released body camera footage of the mass shooting in Uvalde revealed how the school’s police chief repeatedly tried to negotiate with the shooter through the classroom wall as he continued to shoot and kill innocent victims inside.

The video shows Uvalde School Police Chief Peter Arredondo standing with other officers in the hallway of Robb Elementary School, making several attempts to engage Salvador Ramos.

The 18-year-old mass shooter did not respond once to Chief Arredondo.

The town of Uvalde released body camera footage of seven law enforcement officers at the scene of the May 24 massacre on Sunday evening – hours after a bombshell report concluded that local law enforcement , state and federal had a “nonchalant” response that day when they “failed.” prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety”.

Footage reveals a chaotic and disorganized scene where nearly 400 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies failed to arrest the gunman for more than 77 minutes after he entered the school and began his massacre of innocent students and staff.

In an officer’s body camera video, Chief Arredondo is seen trying to talk to Ramos through the wall at 12:11 a.m. – nearly 40 minutes after the gunman opened fire for the first times on his victims.

He tells Ramos that “it could be peaceful” as several heavily armed officers stand by, none of them entering the classroom.

“Let me know if there are any children in there or anything,” he shouts.

“It could be peaceful. Can you tell me your name, anything I may know please? »

Separate body camera footage reveals that – just seconds after this attempted interaction – a 911 dispatcher announces over the police radio that a child has called 911 from inside the classroom.

The boy told the dispatcher that they were “in a room full of victims.”

It is unclear whether the chief – who was the on-scene commander that day – knew of the 911 call. He did not have his police radio with him at the time and has previously claimed that he was unaware of the call.

The information was relayed to the acting head of the Uvalde Police Department, Mariano Pargas, who gave no audible response.

At 12:18 p.m., Chief Arredondo is then seen fumbling with keys to try to open a classroom door.

Bodycam shows armed officers and Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo outside the classroom

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Three minutes later – at 12:21 p.m. – several more shots ring out from inside the classroom.

Despite the ongoing assault, no officer enters the classroom and – two minutes later – Chief Arredondo again attempts to speak to the gunman.

“Sir, if you can reach me, please put your gun down, sir,” he shouts.

“We don’t want anyone else to get hurt.”

Another officer is heard questioning the rampant inaction everywhere, saying, “We’ve got kids in there.”

Another voice responds, “I know, I know that’s why we’re trying to get them out.”

It took another nearly 30 minutes before officers finally entered the classroom and shot Ramos dead.

Frustration at the slow response and realization that action was urgent was heard from several officers at various points in the body camera footage.

First officers arrived in the school hallway just three minutes after Ramos opened fire inside the school.

Body camera footage of one of these officers reveals how they approached the classroom but quickly retreated when the gunman shot them through the classroom wall.

As the officer steps back, he touches his ear and footage reveals his hand covered in blood from where he was grazed by a bullet.

The officer said to the other officers, “We have to get in there. He always shoots. We have to get in there.

Bodycam shows law enforcement officers inside the hallway more than 30 minutes after the shooting began

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However, that sense of urgency quickly dissipated as another hour and 14 minutes passed before an elite Border Patrol unit entered the classroom.

Footage captures other officers questioning the inaction.

“What are we doing here?” an officer asks about 20 minutes after the massacre.

“People are going to ask why we’re taking so long,” another said nearly an hour after the shooting began.

Other body camera footage also shows an officer breaking a classroom window to save students from the mass shooting.

Young children are helped through the broken window and told to run towards the waiting officers.

The scathing report released Sunday by the Texas House Committee condemned the hundreds of law enforcement officers and multiple agencies who all did nothing that day.

Although much of the responsibility for the police response was placed on local police — particularly Chief Arredondo — the committee’s report found that state and federal law enforcement also shared responsibility for the sloppy response.

Chief Arredondo’s six-member police team was vastly outnumbered by personnel from other agencies, and other officers could have — and should have — stepped in and taken over as incident commander as ‘it was clear he was not up to the task, according to the report.

A staggering 376 law enforcement officers descended on Robb Elementary School to respond to what became the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

Among them were 149 U.S. Border Patrol, 91 state troopers, 25 Uvalde police officers, 16 sheriff’s deputies and five Uvalde school police officers.

Chief Pete Arredondo in the hallway where he tried to negotiate with the shooter who continued to shoot and kill victims

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The others were federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents, U.S. marshals and police responding from neighboring counties.

“These local officials were not the only ones expected to provide the necessary leadership during this tragedy,” the report said.

“Hundreds of responders from numerous law enforcement agencies – many better trained and better equipped than the school district police – quickly arrived on the scene.”

These other officers “could have helped resolve the unfolding chaos” but “no responder took the initiative to establish an incident command post,” the report said.

“There was a nonchalant overall approach from law enforcement at the scene. For many, it’s because they received and relied on inaccurate information. For others, they had enough information to learn more,” the report said.

In its scathing conclusion, the committee’s report said it is “plausible” that the delay cost the lives of some of the victims who were bleeding and trapped in the room with the shooter.

“Given known information about victims who survived the time of the breach and later died on the way to hospital, it is plausible that some victims could have survived had they not had to wait 73 minutes. more to be rescued,” the report said. declared.

Later Sunday, the city of Uvalde announced that Chief Pargas had been placed on leave while an investigation is conducted into his response.

Prior to the release of the report, Chief Arredondo was the only law enforcement officer known to be on leave. Family members of the victims and members of the Uvalde community demanded that he be fired.

The Texas House committee criticized law enforcement’s “nonchalant approach” and said “systemic failures and grossly poor decision-making” hampered the response to the May 24 mass shooting.

In addition to law enforcement failures, he cited multiple failures by nearly every authority involved, including the Uvalde school system, the shooter’s family, and social media platforms.

The report criticized the school’s security protocol, with doors left open and unlocked repeatedly, and emergency alerts not taken seriously.

That day, the unlocked doors allowed the shooter to easily enter the school building.

Bodycam shows chaotic response to massacre where nearly 400 officers were at the scene

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The report also found some staff did not take the trespassing alert seriously as there had been 47 lockdown events since February – 90% of them involving immigration-related police pursuits nearby and unrelated to school violence.

The alert system itself was also criticized with no lockdown communicated via the school’s intercom system.

The committee also said there were several warning signs that Ramos would continue to commit mass violence, but his behavior was never reported to authorities.

In the months leading up to the attack, Ramos had earned the nickname “school shooter” on social media, got into violent sex, and been fired from two jobs, including one for harassing a co-worker, according to the report.

When he was still 17, Ramos bought a hoard of ammunition after family members refused to buy him a gun.

As soon as he turned 18, on May 16, he started buying guns and his uncle drove him to the gun store twice to collect them. It wasn’t until eight days after his birthday that he carried out the attack.

After the massacre, officials then undermined public confidence in the investigations by giving a “false narrative” about what happened, according to the report.

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