Uvalde school shooter entered through unlocked door, officials report

The shooter at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school who killed 19 children and two teachers entered through an unlocked door and was inside the building for nearly an hour, according to local officials.

The shooter also did not face a school resource officer, as was reported earlier.

Entering without confrontation

“It was reported that a school district police officer confronted the suspect who was making entry, not accurate. He walked in undisrupted initially,” officials stated on Thursday.

“So from the grandmother’s house to… the school into the school, he was not confronted by anybody. Right now it appears [the door] was unlocked,” the report added.

New details

The new details “added that local police responded sixteen minutes after the crash, at 11:44 a.m., and entered the building, but retreated after an exchange of gunfire in which some officers were apparently wounded. Law enforcement then waited outside the building for an hour.”

Breitbart News also reported, “There were apparently some negotiations with the gunman, who had barricaded himself inside a fourth-grade classroom.

“There were few gunshots during that hour; Fox News reported that most of the killing happened early, though it was not apparent whether some of the victims who were wounded in the first minutes of the rampage could still have been saved.”

The shooter was later shot dead by a Border Patrol officer who stormed the classroom.

The officer reportedly received a graze wound to the head.

Many questions remain regarding both the shooting and the response to it as a devastated community seeks to make sense of the tragedy.

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