UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The commander on the scene of a college shooting in Texas was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from inside the college constructing, a Texas state senator said Thursday.
Sen. Roland Gutierrez said the pleas for help from people inside Robb Elementary because the shooting was happening May 24 didn’t make their technique to school district police Chief Pete Arredondo. The Democratic senator called it a “system failure” that calls were going to the town police but weren’t communicated to Arredondo.
“I would like to know specifically who was receiving the 911 calls,” Gutierrez said during a news conference, adding that no single person or entity was fully in charge for the massacre.
“There was error at every level, including the legislative level,” Gutierrez said.
Steven McCraw, the pinnacle of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said last week that police didn’t breach the classroom where the gunman was holed up faster because Arredondo believed the situation had morphed from an lively shooting to a hostage situation.
Blebierg reported from Dallas.