People in Uvalde, Texas, have been very critical of the police department for their delayed response to a break-in that occurred while a mass shooter was there.
When city citizens who had come outside Robb Elementary School as police were responding to Tuesday’s shooting discovered that officers had not yet entered the classroom, they voiced their discontent with the situation.
Laura de la Cruz, a resident of Uvalde, was interviewed by reporters. She stated that “if you presuppose that you have a barricaded subject—you cannot assume that.” As soon as you step foot inside the structure, you are aware that it is a school; you are also aware of the time, and you are aware of the number of pupils.
Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety, claimed that cops did not immediately engage the attacker because “the on-scene commander at the time believed that it had shifted from an active shooter to a barricaded person.”
McCraw stated that, with one notable exception, the incident commander on the inside believed he required additional resources and law enforcement officers to carry out a tactical breach at present. In addition to this, he emphasized that “waiting” was a poor strategy.