Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on May 27 that he was initially “misled” in the aftermath of the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, as authorities in the state came under intense criticism for failing to act sooner to stop the attack.
“I was misled,” said Abbott, referring to remarks he made following the May 24 shooting, which he said were based on briefings he’d been just been given. “As everybody has learned, the information that I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate, and I am absolutely livid about that.”
After days of uncertainty around the law enforcement response in Uvalde, authorities on Friday revealed that students made a series of 911 calls over more than an hour as they awaited rescue. Up to 19 officers were in a hallway outside a classroom where the shooter, Salvador Ramos, had holed up, but made no effort to incapacitate him.
Abbott had earlier praised the response of law enforcement officers, saying on Wednesday that “it could have been worse… The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do.”
After the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, law enforcement moved towards response plans that aimed to incapacitate any shooter as soon as possible, and not wait for backup. In Uvalde, officials now admit officers on the scene did not follow that strategy. Credit: Governor Greg Abbott via Storyful