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During the Texas massacre, children called 911 from their classrooms while police stood outside.


 

Panicked students and instructors dialed 911 emergency services from the Texas classrooms where the slaughter was taking place, screaming for police intervention, while around 20 cops waited in a corridor for over an hour before entering the room, authorities said on Friday.


According to Colonel Steven McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, at least two youngsters phoned 911 from the two adjoining classrooms when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered with an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon.


The on-site commander, the chief of the Uvalde, Texas, school district's police department, felt Ramos was locked inside the classroom and that students were no longer in danger, allowing officers time to prepare, according to McCraw.


"From where I am now, with the benefit of hindsight, that was not the appropriate option," McCraw added. "I made the incorrect choice."



Some of the children confined in the classrooms with the shooter escaped the carnage, including at least two who contacted 911, according to McCraw, who did not provide an exact number.



Someone unidentified by McCraw contacted the 911 line many times beginning at 12:03 p.m., informing officers in hushed tones that there were multiple dead and "eight to nine" kids still alive, according to the colonel. At 12:47 p.m., a student called and requested the operator to "please send the cops quickly."


According to McCraw, officers did not enter the classroom until 12:50 p.m., when the US Border Patrol tactical squad obtained keys from a janitor to unlock the closed door and murder Ramos.




Several cops exchanged shot with Ramos immediately after he entered the school at 11:33 a.m., grazing two officers with rounds. According to McCraw, there were as many as 19 cops in the corridor at 12:03 p.m., the time the initial 911 call from within the classroom was received.



Videos released on Thursday showed anxious parents pleading with police to rush the school during the attack, with some being detained by officers.


Standard security guidelines instruct police to engage an active school shooter as soon as possible, which McCraw acknowledged on Friday.



"The regulations alter when there's an active shooter," he explained.



According to McCraw, police collected 142 expended shots from Ramos' weapon inside the school, as well as roughly two dozen more on school property outside the building.



Ramos possessed 60 magazines and 1,657 bullets in all, including those left in his pickup when he wrecked outside the school before the assault and two magazines discovered at his home.

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