The Uvalde School Massacre: Four Stories – updated 18 July 2022

The first story, the most important story, is about the senseless deaths of 19 innocent children and two adults who were shot to death while Uvalde police stood by.

On my personal visit to the school on July 9, 2022, I was overwhelmed with emotion as I captured photographs of the hundreds of memorials placed along the front of Robb Elementary. The grief of the parents, grandparents, and surviving school employees was palpable.

This slide show visually captures some of the grief.

The second story is the response, or lack thereof, of the Uvalde police department. This Fox News story and the video tell this story.

Portions of surveillance footage of the Robb Elementary School shooting were published by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE on Tuesday ahead of a planned release by officials on Sunday.

The footage shows the gunman, who authorities have identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, firing multiple shots from an AR-15 style rifle outside the school, then entering the building at 11:33 a.m. and shooting his way into adjoining classrooms.

A barrage of more than 100 bullets were fired inside those two classrooms over the next two-and-a-half minutes before seven officers ran into the school at 11:36, two of them armed with rifles and four others armed with handguns. 

Fox News, July 12, 2022 | Uvalde surveillance footage shows police response as gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults
School Police appear 8 minutes from start of video
KHOU news video, 18 July 2022 | Uvalde school shooting report and bodycam video released by officials

Update, 7/19/2022 | Acting Uvalde Police Chief During School Shooting Placed on Leave After Report Details ‘Systemic’ Failures

The third story around Salvador Ramos, the shooter, was published on May 24, 2022, in the NY Post, an article titled: What we know so far about Salvador Ramos, the suspected Texas school shooter.

The fourth story, for me, is what security precautions were being enforced before Salvador Ramos entered the school building. What was the school police officer doing? Was he checking the outer doors? Why was Salvador Ramos able to walk into the school unchallenged? Why did the Uvalde police officers fail to attack the shooter right away?

Eventually, all questions will be answered. The answers will not bring back the 19 children slaughtered in cold blood by Salvador Ramos.

For now, as it is written in God’s Word, mourn with those who mourn.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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