Ten days after a gunman massacred 19 students and their two teachers from their classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, there are still significant gaps in the data officers have released about the response of law enforcement.
“My role as a policymaker, which is the third task of my job, is to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Uvalde.
“How are we going to be able to do anything if we don’t know what happened in that building during those 40 minutes?”
Police’s changing stories, unanswered questions and the horror of determining that 21 victims were trapped with a gunman for more than an hour – even as repeated 911 requires the help of content in conference rooms – plague this small town in Texas.
Gutierrez wondered if the officers responding at the scene had been fully aware of the calls as they stood outside the conference rooms. It is also unclear whether the incident commander, who decided that officers not immediately confront the shooter, was at the scene as a result of the shooting.
The frustration was palpable Friday night when Uvalde held his first board meeting after the massacre.
The main public improvement was that Superintendent Hal Harrell reiterated that college students would not return to Robb Elementary – after which the university The board entered a lengthy closed session that was expected to include approving staff jobs, assignments, suspensions and firings.
Angela Turner, a mother of 5 who lost her niece in the shooting, expressed her outrage. “We would like solutions where security is going to happen. It was all a joke,” she told reporters, referring to the meeting. “I’m so disappointed in our college district.”
Turner insisted she won’t send her kids to high school until they feel safe, and her 6-year-old told her, “I don’t want to go to high school. Why? Being shot at?”
“These people won’t have jobs if we get together, and we’re not letting our kids go here,” she said, pointing to a vacant school board podium.
Daybreak Poitevent, a mother whose teenager was due to attend Robb Elementary as a sophomore, was in tears as she told reporters she wanted the board to consider letting her teenager stay at her current university , Dalton Elementary.
“I just have to protect my child, and I can’t promise him that. No one can promise their children that right now,” Poitevent said. “At least if he goes to Dalton he won’t be scared and he won’t have the worst first day I can possibly think of.”
Poitevent added that his son, Hayes, told him he was afraid to go to high school because of an “unhealthy man” who would shoot him.
“We’re just so painstakingly trying to get all the pieces through,” she said. “We’re trying to bury our babies and say goodbye to the people who really mattered.”
Gutierrez reiterated that the problem goes beyond college security.
“The mistakes that happened here, the systemic failure, the human errors that resulted in this horrible lack of life: everyone is responsible,” Gutierrez said.
Arms producer under surveillance
The producer of the weapon used in the mass shooting is also under scrutiny.
Lawyers for the father of shooting victim Amerie Jo Garza, 10, said on Friday they had asked gunsmith Daniel Protection to provide all promotional and advertising data, including the children’s strategy and to children, based on an ad.
“She would want me to do everything I can, so it will never happen to any other children again,” Alfred Garza III said in the statement. “I must fight his battle.”
Lawyers for his mother, Kimberly Garcia, have also sent a letter to the company, asking it to “protect all potentially related data” related to the shooting.
On Thursday, a qualified representative for coach Emilia Marin filed a motion to depose the armourer, based on a courtroom submission. Marin had been wrongly accused of opening the door the shooter used to enter the university.
“The subject of the potential statement is the behavior of Daniel Protection which was an explanation for the accidents and damages suffered by Emelia Marin”, primarily based on the query provided to CNN by the coach’s attorney.
Daniel Protection did not respond to multiple CNN requests for comment.
On his webpage, Daniel Protection said he should “cooperate with all federal, state, and national law enforcement authorities in their investigations,” referring to the shooting of Uvalde as a ” diabolical act”.
In February, the families of five children and four adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 reached a $73 million deal with arms maker Remington, which made the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used in the slaughter. The shooting, which left 20 children and 6 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut, was the deadliest shooting in the United States.
Home listening focuses on the latest shoots
The Witnesses scheduled during next Wednesday’s taping to kiss Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-year student at Robb Elementary; Felix Rubio and Kimberly Rubio, whose 10-year-old daughter Lexi was killed while shooting at Robb Elementary; Zeneta Everhart, whose son Zaire Goodman was injured in Buffalo, New York, films; and Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician in Uvalde, Texas. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia may even testify.
“The hearing will explore the pressing need for Congress to pass common sense laws that the majority of people support,” committee chair Carolyn Maloney said in a statement. “These are laws banning assault weapons and strengthening background checks on gun purchases, while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
Meanwhile, in Texas, a state legislator created a committee to “conduct a review of the circumstances” surrounding the shooting.
“The very fact that we still don’t have an accurate picture of exactly what happened in Uvalde is outrageous,” Texas Home President Dade Phelan, a Republican, said Friday.
CNN’s Ed Lavandera, Morgan Rimmer, Meridith Edwards, Omar Jimenez, Travis Caldwell and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.