Uvalde school shooting

Uvalde 911 Calls Show Pleas for Help From Inside School Long Before Police Confronted Shooter

The 911 audio was released by the Texas Tribune and ProPublica on Tuesday. The law enforcement response to the mass shooting has been widely condemned.

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Dispatch calls released by two Texas news organizations Tuesday chronicle the panic and fear inside classrooms as Uvalde students and teachers waited to be rescued from a gunman who went on to kill 19 children and two educators at Robb Elementary. 

The disturbing audio released by the Texas Tribune and ProPublica include 911 calls from a hiding teacher and a child who was trapped, calling with muffled voices. The calls were made as officers waited more than 70 minutes before confronting the gunman, a hesitant law enforcement response that has been widely condemned as a failure.

At 11:33 a.m., a man called 911 and yelled, “He’s inside the school shooting at the kids!” according to audio from the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary.

A teacher hiding in a closet told the dispatcher, “There’s somebody banging at my school” and said “I’m so scared."

At 12:03 p.m., a child trapped inside a classroom says in a whisper, “there’s a school,” with the rest of the phrase inaudible, followed by “at Robb Elementary.”

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