Texas mass shooting: Mayor says Uvalde school to be demolished | Gun Violence News

A gunman killed 19 kids and two lecturers in an assault on the Texas college in Could.

The first college in Uvalde, Texas the place a gunman wielding a semi-automatic rifle fatally shot 19 college students and two lecturers will likely be demolished, the town’s mayor has mentioned.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin didn’t give a timeline for when the college could be demolished.

“You possibly can by no means ask a baby to return or instructor to return in that college ever,” McLaughlin mentioned at a council assembly on Tuesday.

The transfer echoed the choice to demolish the Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut a 12 months after a gunman killed 20 kids and two staffers inside.

The mayor’s announcement got here a number of hours after a senior Texas official mentioned the regulation enforcement response to the taking pictures at Robb Elementary College was “an abject failure”.

Texas Division of Public Security (DPS) Director Steven McCraw informed a Texas Senate listening to that the onsite commander made “horrible selections” through the Could 24 assault and that officers on the scene lacked ample coaching, costing beneficial time throughout which lives might have been saved.

“There’s compelling proof that the regulation enforcement response to the assault at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to every thing we’ve discovered,” McCraw mentioned.

Days after the taking pictures, the Texas DPS mentioned as many as 19 officers waited for greater than an hour in a hallway exterior lecture rooms 111 and 112 earlier than a US Border Patrol-led tactical staff lastly made entry.

McCraw detailed what he described as a number of pointless delays within the response, together with a seek for a key for the door to the classroom the place the gunman was attacking, regardless that the door was not locked, and couldn’t be locked from the within.

“Three minutes after the topic entered the west constructing, there was a ample variety of armed officers sporting physique armour to isolate, distract and neutralize the topic,” McCraw added.

“The one factor stopping a hallway of devoted officers from getting into Room 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who determined to position the lives of officers earlier than the lives of kids,” the director mentioned within the listening to, referring to Uvalde Colleges Police Chief Pete Arredondo.

Arredondo, who didn’t communicate on the listening to, had beforehand mentioned he didn’t contemplate himself the commander in cost on the scene of the assault and that he didn’t order officers to not breach the door. He mentioned he left his radios exterior of the college, snarling communication, in an effort to reply to the assault extra shortly.

On Tuesday, the US Senate agreed to the primary main federal gun-control laws in many years, though the laws doesn’t embrace an assault weapons ban lengthy sought by gun management advocates.

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