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The Uvalde shooting details that officials have retracted


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Texas authorities have relayed then later retracted multiple key details about the school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 kids and two teachers and injured at least 17 people last week.


The details Texas officials have backtracked on

Texas authorities first said the school's hired resource officer confronted the gunman before he gained access to the school.

  • Later that week, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw backtracked that detail, saying that the resource officer was not on campus when shooting near the school was first reported but immediately proceeded to the scene.
  • He also said the resource officer drove past the shooter and instead confronted a teacher after arriving on campus.

McCraw previously said the gunman entered the school through a door that had been propped open by a teacher before the shooting started.

  • But Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine said Tuesday that investigators determined the teacher had propped open the door before the shooting with a rock but removed it after hearing gunshots outside and closed the door but it did not lock.
  • Considine said authorities are now investigating why the door did not lock.

Authorities initially said the gunman was wearing body armor throughout the shooting.

  • They later said he was wearing a plate carrier vest that did not have ballistic plates inside of it.

Officials changed their account on how long the shooter was outside the school before entering.

  • Victor Escalon, a regional director at the Texas Department of Public Safety, said last week that the shooter, after crashing his vehicle in a ditch near the school, was outside of the building for 12 minutes before entering and locking himself in the classrooms.
  • But McCraw said later that week that the shooter inside of the school within five minutes of crashing his vehicle.

McCraw initially said the law enforcement who first arrived on campus after gunfire was reported "did engage immediately" with the shooter and "did contain him" in the classrooms.

  • McCraw later said that though three police officers entered the building only minutes after the shooter, he was already locked inside of the classrooms firing rounds.
  • Two of those officers were injured with grazing gunshot wounds after they approached one of the doors to the connected classrooms.
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