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Video footage recorded inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde at 12:04 p.m. on May 24. Authorities stormed the classroom at 12:50 p.m.
Uvalde school shooting

“If there’s kids in there, we need to go in”: Officers in Uvalde were ready with guns, shields and tools — but not clear orders

The Texas Tribune has reviewed law enforcement transcripts and footage that federal and state investigators are examining after the May 24 tragedy.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo on a dirt road on the outskirts of Uvalde on June 8, 2022.

What the camera saw

The truck driven by the gunman remained crashed in a ditch near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where he killed 19 students and two teachers on May 24.

An agonizing wait  

A law enforcement officer reacts to the shooting outside of Robb Elementary School after a gunman entered and killed 19 students and two teachers on May 24, 2022.

An aftermath of doubts and questions 

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