DOJ lays out ‘critical failures’ in Uvalde shooting report

The Department of Justice declared the mass shooting that left 21 dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in May 2022 a law enforcement “failure,” according to a lengthy after-action report the DOJ released Thursday.

The report laid out the timeline of the Robb Elementary School shooting, carried out by 18-year-old former student Salvador Ramos. It noted how law enforcement officers did not kill Ramos until 77 minutes after they arrived on the scene.

“The most significant failure was that responding officers should have immediately recognized the
incident as an active shooter situation,” the DOJ stated, saying the Uvalde officers had the resources to push forward into classrooms but chose not to.

Ramos killed 19 elementary school students ages nine to 11 years old, as well as two teachers in their 40s. He injured 17 others.

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