INSIDER has provided this information. Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Austin, Texas, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw testifies during a Texas Senate hearing responding to last month’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Eric Gay/AP Photo
During the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, police never checked to see if the classroom door was secured, according to a state official.
The door was “unsecured,” according to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw.
According to McCraw, authorities wasted time waiting for a key to the door that was not required.
Despite wasting time waiting for a key, police responding to the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, never checked to see if the door to the classroom where the gunman carried out the attack was locked, a top state law enforcement officer said on Tuesday.
In evidence before a Texas State Senate committee examining the May 24 mass shooting, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw described the entrance to the Robb Elementary School classroom where a shooter killed 19 children and two teachers as “unsecured.”
“Based on the knowledge we have now, I don’t believe that door was ever secured,” McCraw added. “In fact, I have strong suspicions that it wasn’t secured.”
“The door was unsecured,” McCraw continued, “and we’ve gone back and checked in our interviews to see if anyone touched the door and tried it?”
“Why don’t you try the door and see whether it’s unlocked… and no one had, of course, “According to McCraw.
“We could never see anybody put their hand on the door up until the breach,” McCraw said, citing police body-camera footage.
The 18-year-old gunman entered the school building at 11:33 a.m., but officers didn’t break down the classroom door until 12:50 p.m. to shoot and kill the shooter.
Even though kids trapped inside continuously called 911 for aid, it took authorities 77 minutes to enter the classroom where the gunman went on a shooting spree and subdue him.
Even if the classroom door was shut, McCraw believes authorities might have gained access.
“You didn’t need a key because there are tools,” McCraw said, adding, “You don’t have to wait for a key to breach and shouldn’t ever have to.”
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