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Uvalde school shooting: Police missed opportunity to shoot gunman waiting for supervisor’s permission | US News

An armed police officer at the Uvalde school massacre had a chance to shoot the gun, but missed his chance to wait for permission from a supervisor, according to a new report.

Two teachers and 19 children died after police waited more than an hour to storm Robb Elementary School when Salvador Rolando Ramos open fire on May 24th.

Some of the 21 victims “could have been rescued” if they had received immediate medical attention, a review from Texas State University revealed Wednesday.

The report, looking at police response to the tragedy, pointed to a series of mistakes made before Ramos, 18, walked through an open school door with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle at 11:33 p.m.

An Uvalde Police Department (UPD) officer reported that he was at the scene where Ramos crashed his truck before leaving the car with the weapon.

“The UPD officer was armed with a rifle and tried to shoot the attacker; however, he asked his supervisor for permission to shoot.

“The UPD officer heard no response and turned around to get confirmation from his supervisor,” the report continued.

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The review, conducted by the university’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, said: “A reasonable officer would have considered this an active situation and devised a plan to tackle the suspect.”

The 26-page report was based on school videos, police cameras, testimony from officers at the scene and statements from investigators.

It also found when the officers were no better equipped to confront Ramos when they finally entered the building at 12.50pm.

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Salvador Ramos Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

“Effective incident command” does not appear to have been established among the various emergency services that responded, the report said.

The massacre has become the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012.

A teacher who survived the shooting promised to never forgive the police for the delays in entering his classroom, where 11 children were killed.

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Arnulfo Reyes marked officers “cowards” for failing to rescue students.

“After all, I get angry because you have a bulletproof vest. I had nothing. I had nothing. You have to protect and serve, there is no excuse for their actions,” Mr Reyes said.

More than 700 people were killed in 43 of the 50 U.S. states two weeks after the school shooting, according to data released in June.

Uvalde school shooting: Police missed opportunity to shoot gunman waiting for supervisor’s permission | US News

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