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Uvalde school shooting

In battered Uvalde, where a police chief is in hiding, grief gives way to calls for accountability

As chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department, it was Arredondo’s call to wait more than an hour for backup instead of ordering officers on scene to immediately charge the shooter.

Police hold a press conference on Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, TX. Twenty one people were killed after a gunman after a high school student opened fire inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday where two teachers and 19 students were killed.
Authorities prepare to evacuate students and teachers after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.

A familiar face

“I guess to me, nothing’s complicated, everything has a solution. And that solution starts with communication.”

— Pete Arredondo, in April when he was running for City Council
A campaign sign for Pete Arredondo sits outside a home blocks away from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on June 1, 2022. Arredondo, Police Chief of Ulvade CISD, was a part of the six-person force that led the response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.

A town worn out

Imelda Garcia, 49, restocks melons at her mother Argelia Arellano’s produce stand in Uvalde on June 3, 2022.
Mary Rodriguez, 86, sits in the living room of her home in Uvalde on June 3, 2022. She used to host church events and communion celebrations there for several of the children who were killed or affected by the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School last week.

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