How the law enforcement response to the Uvalde massacre unfolded

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On the time of the Uvalde massacre, 4th graders Khloie Torres and Miah Cerrillo, surrounded by the bodies of classmates and their teacher astatine Robb Elementary School, whispered but managed to talk intelligibly and politely to a 911 operator.

“Please hurry,” Khloie, who – on with Miah – would past the rampage, implores the alien connected the line.

Just a fewer feet distant from the connected classrooms – and astir the Uvalde, Texas, schoolhouse gathering – respective platoons of instrumentality enforcement officers had assembled. Ultimately, 376 instrumentality enforcement unit would respond during the May 24 slaughter.

The 911 calls from students trapped with the gunman offer a disturbing glimpse into the widely criticized constabulary response.

“There’s a schoolhouse shooting,” Khloie, past 10 years old, tells the dispatcher astatine 12:10 p.m.

“I person aggregate units there,” the dispatcher says calmly. “Are you with officers oregon are you barricaded somewhere?”

“I’m successful schoolroom 112.”

“What’s you sanction ma’am?”

“Khloie Torres,” says the girl, according to the 911 calls, which CNN obtained from a root and is utilizing with the support of her and Miah’s parents. “There’s a batch of dormant bodies.”

CNN besides informed families who mislaid radical successful the massacre astir the stories connected the 911 calls, which should person ended immoderate uncertainty oregon hesitation the shooter was progressive and roaming the connected classrooms and that children were trapped, injured and needed to beryllium saved.

“Please get help,” Khloie begs. “I don’t wanna die. My teacher is dead. Oh, my God.”

Other children are heard successful the background.

A teenage gunman had entered the schoolhouse much than 30 minutes earlier – astatine 11:33 a.m. – and yet killed nineteen children and 2 teachers. At slightest 1 kid and 1 teacher survived the archetypal onslaught but died later.

Law enforcement officers did not face and termination the shooter until 12:50 p.m. – immoderate 40 minutes aft Khloie’s archetypal whispered pleas for help.

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At 12:11 p.m., then schoolhouse territory constabulary main Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, who was fired implicit the summer, calls retired to the shooter successful English and Spanish to surrender, according to assemblage camera footage from an serviceman adjacent the classrooms.

“This could inactive beryllium peaceful,” helium says. “Could you archer maine your name?”

Khloie, utilizing her teacher’s phone, whispers to the dispatcher astatine 12:12 p.m.: “I request help… Have y’all captured the person?”

“Khloie, enactment connected the enactment with maine OK,” the dispatcher says.

“One of my teachers is dead,” the girls says.

A wail is heard successful the background.

“Be quiet,” the dispatcher says.

“I’m telling everyone to beryllium quiescent but cipher is listening to me,” Khloie says. “I recognize what to bash successful these situations. My dada taught maine erstwhile I was a small girl. Send help.”

About the aforesaid clip Khloie asks whether the shooter has been captured, the constabulary dispatcher delivers an urgent connection to the instrumentality enforcement officers connected the scene. It tin beryllium heard connected audio captured by assemblage cameras worn by officers successful the school.

“Uvalde to immoderate units: Be advised we bash person a kid connected the enactment … Is anybody wrong of the gathering astatine this time?”

“Go up with that child’s information. Relay it,” idiosyncratic responds.

“The kid is advising helium [sic] is successful the country afloat of victims, afloat of victims astatine this moment.”

At 12:15 p.m., Khloie again pleads for assistance connected the phone.

The girl, adjacent to tears, tells the relation her teacher, Eva Mireles, is live but has been shot. “Send help,” she says.

Minutes later, Khloie, referring to the police, asks, “How acold are y’all away?”

“They’re wrong of the building, OK? You request to enactment quiet, OK?”

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As the dispatcher tries to reassure Khloie, Arredondo is seen successful assemblage camera footage lasting successful a hallway. He is talking to astatine slightest 4 officers. The officers are crouched for screen astatine a schoolhouse entrance, 1 of them holding a ballistic shield. Arredondo requests a maestro cardinal and mentions the usage of a sniper.

Police body-worn camera videos amusement Arredondo astatine the halfway of the response: giving orders, conveying and receiving information, and officers deferring to his presumption erstwhile confused implicit their roles oregon effect to the shooting. But Arredondo has said helium did not spot himself arsenic the incidental commander.

Still, the hundreds of officers connected the country represented 23 local, authorities and national agencies, including 91 from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Col. Steven McCraw, DPS manager and Texas’ apical cop, has acknowledged failures successful the response, astir precocious to bereaved families. But helium has insisted his bureau did not neglect the community.

The instrumentality enforcement effect has travel nether occurrence since the massacre, with agencies blaming each different for not eliminating the menace aboriginal successful the operation, treating the siege arsenic a barricade concern and waiting for instrumentality and reinforcements earlier confronting the shooter.

It was 12:19 p.m. erstwhile Miah Cerrillo, an injured 4th grader wrong the connected classrooms, came connected the 911 call, taking implicit from Khloie.

“Hi, tin you delight nonstop help?” Miah asks.

At this point, 46 minutes had passed since the shooter was seen entering the connected classrooms. More than 30 minutes would walk earlier helium was killed.

“Are they successful the building?” Miah asks, implicit and over, astir the instrumentality enforcement response.

“They are successful the gathering but bash not unfastened that doorway until I archer you each to unfastened the door,” the dispatcher says.

Miah would aboriginal picture smearing humor connected herself and playing dormant during portion of the siege.

At 12:21 p.m., moments aft Arredondo asks for a breaching tool, a fig of shots echo done the hallway. Officers instrumentality cover. The erstwhile main tries to pass with the shooter.

“Can you perceive me, sir? Can you perceive me, sir?” helium says.

“Sir, if you tin perceive me, delight enactment your firearm down. We don’t privation anybody other hurt,” the erstwhile main says.

“He’s shooting,” Miah, who turned 12 connected Friday, tells the 911 relation erstwhile the gunfire erupts.

“Stay quiet, marque definite everybody stays quiet,” the relation tells her.

During the call, equipped responders tin beryllium seen lasting extracurricular the connecting classrooms 111 and 112. They hold and speech and cheque instrumentality and telephone for tools.

Arredondo past yells astatine the gunman again: “Sir, if you tin hear, delight enactment the weapon down. We don’t privation anybody other hurt.”

“Tell him successful Spanish,” idiosyncratic says.

Arredondo yells successful Spanish: “If you tin perceive me, enactment the limb connected the ground. We don’t privation immoderate much injuries. Please respond.”

No response. The hold continues.

At 12:27 p.m. Arredondo is heard saying, “People are going to inquire wherefore it’s taking truthful long. We’re trying to sphere the remainder of the beingness first. So that’s what we’re doing.”

“Team acceptable to go? Got a squad acceptable to go?” Arredondo asks officers moments later. “Have astatine it.”

“F**k, we don’t person a key,” 1 serviceman says seconds later. “He astir apt has it barricaded anyway.”

Arredondo gets connected his phone.

“I’m going to get much keys,” helium says, adding that the maestro keys are not opening the doors.

Just earlier 12:30 p.m., present disconnected the phone, Arredondo is heard seemingly formulating a program and assigning roles.

“We’re acceptable to breach,” helium tells a tactical serviceman successful the hall.  “But that doorway is locked.”

Minutes later, idiosyncratic is heard connected the assemblage camera footage asking: “We don’t cognize if helium has anyone successful the country with him, bash we?”

“I deliberation helium does,” Arredondo replies, according to the Texas legislative study of the shooting response.

“Eight oregon 9 children,” different serviceman says.

Indeed, accusation culled from the calls by Khloie, Miah and others wrong the classrooms was relayed to officers connected the scene.

“Supposedly, 1 kid called arsenic it was underway. He’s been successful that country for an hr now,” one serviceman tells a newly-arrived responder, seemingly referring to the shooter.

A Border Patrol medic who arrived connected the country knew astir the children trapped successful the classrooms.

“EMT! EMT!” helium shouts arsenic helium asks however to scope victims successful 1 of the classrooms.

An serviceman shrugs. Another serviceman says: “No, we hadn’t heard that,” seemingly referring to reports of injured children.

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The medic informs them: “They conscionable had a kid successful country 12 [sic], aggregate victims, country 12.” He moves into the hallway wherever officers are huddling.

“They said kids, country 12.”

At 1 constituent the medic says, “F**k. We’re taking excessively long.”

Law enforcement officers basal   extracurricular  Robb Elementary School during the May 24 siege.

In the classroom, Khloie makes different 911 telephone astatine 12:36 p.m.

“There’s a schoolhouse shooting,” Khloie says.

“Yes, I’m aware,” the dispatcher responds. “I was talking to you earlier. You’re inactive determination successful your room? You’re inactive successful country 112?”

“Yeah,” the miss says.

“OK. You enactment connected the enactment with me. Do not disconnect,” the dispatcher says.

Minutes later, Khloie again implores the dispatcher: “Can you archer the constabulary to travel to my room?”

“I’ve already told them to spell to the room. We’re trying to get idiosyncratic to you, OK?”

The dispatcher repeats: Stay down.

“If you perceive anyone travel in, but they’re not expected to beryllium there, and they don’t accidental that they’re police, y’all unreal that you are asleep, OK?” the dispatcher says.”

“OK,” the miss whispers.

Just earlier 12:40 p.m., according to assemblage camera footage, Arredondo and different serviceman again effort to prosecute the gunman successful English and Spanish – this clip referring to him by his past name.

“Can you perceive america sir? Please don’t wounded anyone. These are guiltless children. Please enactment your firearm down. We don’t privation anybody other hurt. Can you perceive me, sir? Please enactment your firearm down,” the erstwhile main says.

No effect is heard, according to the assemblage camera footage.

At 12:41 p.m. Arredondo is connected his phone: “Just truthful you understand, I deliberation determination are immoderate injuries successful there. And what we did, we cleared disconnected the remainder of the gathering truthful we wouldn’t person immoderate much too what’s successful there, obviously.”

At 12:49 p.m. a helicopter is advised to support ticker successful lawsuit the shooter tries to flight via the roof.

A makeshift memorial sits successful  beforehand   of the Robb Elementary School.

Border Patrol tactical officers breached the schoolroom doorway astatine 12:50 p.m. and killed the gunman arsenic helium stood successful beforehand of a closet successful Room 111.

On Khloie’s 911 call, bursts of gunfire echo crossed the connected classrooms.

“Stay down,” the dispatcher says moments later. “Do not get up.”

Officers are heard frantically moving children retired of the classrooms. “Move, move! Go, go!”

Khloie and Miah, on with different injured classmates, are rushed to a hospital.

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