New video footage shows children jumping and running out of windows after a gunman opened fire at Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a week ago.
Chaotic footage shows police officers breaking windows to help children escape as an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom, killing 19 children and two teachers.
In video obtained by Good Morning America, dozens of children can be seen being pulled out of windows by police officers before fleeing the building. Later in the footage, officers can be seen guiding the children, who are mostly running away from the building in sprints.
Clear dispatch audio attached to the video informs an emergency service worker about a child inside the building who called 911.
‘We have a kid on the line,’ says the dispatcher. ‘Room 12, can we… Is anyone inside the building at the moment?’
The dispatcher continued: ‘The child is advising that he is in a room, full of victims. This time is full of victims.’
The disturbing video footage comes as the US Justice Department says it will review the police’s response to the massacre.
DOJ spokesman Anthony Cooley said in a statement, “The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter incidents.” Lessons and best practices are to be identified.” Statement.
Law enforcement in Texas has come under scrutiny for their response, which killed 21 people, including 19 fourth-grade students and two of their teachers.
Police officers faced backlash for their response when it was revealed that the gunman had spent more than an hour inside the school before he was killed by a tactical unit of Border Patrol agents. At least 19 local and federal police officers were outside the school during most of their attacks, and they took no action.
Officers responding to the shooting acted on poor information from the school district’s police chief.
The police chief determined that the situation had shifted from an active shooter to a barricaded suspect, believing that none of the children were in danger. Because of this, he thought it would be time to get the key to the classroom door from a janitor and time for the border patrol to arrive and enter the classroom behind the shield.
McCraw said both the tactical team and other law enforcement officers had previously been told not to be involved with the gunman. As a result the students were locked inside the classroom with the gunman for at least 77 minutes.
Several 911 calls were made from students locked in the classroom, who begged for help while officers waited outside the building.
The DOJ investigation comes at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.
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