Texas authorities are working to “gather the facts” to establish a concrete timeline for the fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, the spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN on Thursday. , Lt. Chris Olivarez.
Here’s what we know and what questions remain about the massacre:
The school resource officer was armed
Olivarez told CNN’s John Berman that officials were “trying to establish and corroborate exactly what that role was” for the school resource officer when he met the shooter at the school.
The Texas Rangers conducted an interview last night with the school’s resource manager, Olivarez said. The officer was armed at the time of the shooting, he said, but it is unclear whether he fired his weapon.
Yesterday, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada said the suspect dropped a bag full of ammunition outside the school before entering.
The school door was unlocked
The shooter was able to enter the school “unimpeded” by any locks, Olivarez said, and gunfire was exchanged in the school hallway between the shooter and officers directly behind him.
Those two officers were shot and then the shooter barricaded himself in a classroom, Olivarez said. Authorities are still trying to determine exactly how he barricaded himself inside.
CNN previously reported that the shooter remained on school premises for an hour before law enforcement forced their way into a classroom and killed him.
When asked why it took tactical teams so long to respond to the shooting, Olivarez said they were working to establish a specific timeline, which is part of the investigation.
“At this time we don’t have a specific or concrete timeline to provide for saying ‘the shooter was at school during this time’, so we want to get that factual information once we are able to achieve that. “, said the second lieutenant said.
Parents seek answers
Father of shooting victim says The Washington Post that he and other fathers wanted to storm the elementary school to retrieve their children as they heard gunfire from inside. Video posted to social media appears to show frustrated and distraught parents and other adults outside the school clashing with law enforcement officers, urging officers to come in and catch the shooter or to let them in themselves.
“I can tell you right now, as a father myself, I would also like to go. But it’s a volatile situation. We have an active shooter situation. We’re trying to preserve any further loss of life. … We cannot bring individuals into this school, especially if they are unarmed,” Olivarez said.
Olivarez also said local authorities were working with the FBI to obtain surveillance video from the school.
The FBI also performs forensic analysis on the shooter’s cell phones to “establish or obtain information from the suspect’s phone, if there were any social media posts, any other facts that would help the case in the extent that there were any indicators for this shooter leading up to this mass shooting,” he said.