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A report points to serious mistakes by the authorities in the Uvalde shooting


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376 agents participated in the school rescue operation, who staged a “chaotic and uncoordinated scene that lasted more than an hour”

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An official report published this Sunday detected serious coordination errors by local, state and federal security forces in the operation deployed during the shooting at the Uvalde elementary school (Texas, USA) in which 19 children and two teachers died. .

The investigation, prepared by a committee of the Texas Congress and to which the newspaper had access The Texas Tribuneconcluded that 376 agents participated in the school rescue operation, who staged a “chaotic and uncoordinated scene that lasted more than an hour“.

The report determines that the authorities took so long to enter the classroom where the shooter had barricaded himself, Salvador Ramoswith a group of students due to “systemic failures and extremely poor decision making.” “The group lacked leadership and communication, and had no urgency to finish off the shooter,” says the report, according to the newspaper.

It is the first time that errors have been pointed out by state and federal authorities, since until now the investigations had pointed to the chief of the school district police, Peter Arredondoas responsible for the delay of the agents when breaking into the classroom.

According to the report, 149 United States Border Patrol agents attended the school, since Uvalde is located a few kilometers from Mexico; 91 state police officers, 25 Uvalde police officers, and 16 sheriffs, as well as agents from neighboring counties and other federal agencies.

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Interviewed by the committee, several agents who participated in the operation explained that they did not know who was in charge of the operation and others said that Arredondo was responsible.

The report assures that no body, neither federal nor state, offered to lead the operation despite being better prepared than the local police, and finally Border Patrol agents entered the classroom and shot the shooter without asking Arredondo for permission.

The committee also found that staff at Robb Elementary School often left the doors to the center open due to a shortage of keys for all teachers.

“If the school staff had locked the doors as required by protocol, that could have slowed (the shooter’s) progress for a few minutes,” he said.

And he remarked that Salvador Ramos, who legally acquired the AR-15 assault rifle with which he perpetrated the massacre, He had shown on social media that he was preparing an attack.

The Uvalde massacre that occurred on May 24 has reopened the debate on the possession of weapons in the United States, a right enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

While Democrats advocate stronger background checks on gun buyers and a ban on assault rifles, Republicans oppose any restrictions and blame these shootings on mental health issues.

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