A review of the Tribune’s surveillance footage and transcripts of radio traffic and phone calls – confirmed by a senior official at the state’s DPS – put the gunman inside Classroom 111, crossed the door for a while, and re-entered. Opening fire.
Within minutes of the shooting, 11 officers arrived at the scene, according to a Tribune report and confirmed to CNN by law enforcement sources.
Shortly after the gunman opened fire on officers, Aradonto phoned the Wolverhampton Wanderers Police Department spot, saying he had asked for more help and did not have a radio.
Citing the transcript, the Tribune states, “At the time of Arredonto’s dispatch, at least 11 officers entered the school, and at least two were seen in the video carrying guns. But Arredonto told the sender that he did not have a firearm.
A security footage obtained by an Austin American-Statesman shows at least three officers in the hallway – two of them with guns and one officer armed with tactical armor – at 11:52 a.m., 19 minutes after the gunman entered the school.
“If there are children there, we should go there,” an official said, according to the US-Statesman. Another official replied, “It will be decided by whoever is in charge.”
Officers approached four ballistic shields inside the school, citing a Tribune law enforcement transcript, the fourth of which was that officers attacked classrooms 30 minutes earlier.
In the first minutes of their response, an official said, according to the Tribune, a firefighting device used to force entry was on the Holigan scene. However, the Tribune reported that the tool had not been brought into the school and was not used until about an hour after officers arrived.
At the end of the confrontation, Aradonto wondered aloud whether the authorities would consider “pushing him out the window”, according to law enforcement sources. The body camera transcript showed Arrotondo pointing to other officers at 12:46 pm that they should break down the door if the SWAT response team was ready, which came four minutes later.
CNN has contacted both Arredondo’s lawyer George Hyde and the Uvalde Police Department over the reports.
Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Col. Steven McGrath will testify Tuesday before the Texas Senate Committee on the Protection of All Texans. Robert Nichols Office reported.
According to Nichols’ office, McGrath and his team will display photos and maps of the school showing the layout of the classrooms.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick tweeted that the Texas Senate hearing will be on “the latest DPS inquiries into Wolde.”
“The Senate believes all evidence must be transparent. Families and the public have a right to know,” Patrick tweeted.
CNN’s Rosalina Neves and Dave Alzub contributed to the report.
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