Reporter Presses DPS Director On How Many Kids Could Have Been Saved If Door Was Breached


Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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A reporter questioned Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw at a Friday press conference about the number of children who could have been saved in the Robb Elementary School shooting if the classroom door had been breached.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, barricaded himself inside a fourth-grade classroom inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. Earlier reports said the shooter barricaded the room between 30-60 minutes before engaging with authorities. Officers first arrived at the school at 11:44 a.m. but did not enter the room until approximately 12:50 p.m., according to CNN.

“How many kids could have been saved had they been breached out?” a reporter asked.

“I don’t know,” McCraw replied.


The shooting killed 21 people —19 children and two adults — and injured at least 17.

McCraw said earlier in the conference that authorities waited for more equipment and officers in order to do a “tactical breach,” then finally entered the room at 12:57. The DPS director said it was the “wrong decision” not to immediately breach the door and there was “no excuse.”

“Of course it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision, period,” he said. “There’s no excuse for that. But again, I wasn’t there, but I’m just telling you from what we know, that we believe there should’ve been an entry as soon as you can. When there’s an active shooter, the rules change. It’s no longer a barricaded subject, you don’t have time. You don’t worry about outer perimeters.” (RELATED: Police Official Says Uvalde Shooter Did Not Confront Armed Guard, Appears To Have Entered Unlocked Door)

At Thursday’s press conference, DPS regional director Victor Escalon said authorities waited to enter the room, asking for backup, equipment and negotiators in order to engage with the shooter.

As officers waited outside the room, children inside repeatedly called 911, The New York Times reported. The first call was reportedly made at 12:03, almost an hour before officers entered. One student reportedly told the emergency line there were eight or nine students still alive.

Three specialized Border Patrol officers eventually made their way into the classroom, where one unidentified authority fatally shot Ramos.