NYT: Law enforcement were aware of people trapped in Robb Elementary before they breached classroom

Law enforcement officials on the scene of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting last month were aware there were injured individuals trapped inside classrooms before authorities decided to breach the entrance to the classrooms, according to a New York Times review of investigative documents and videos from law enforcement.”People are going to ask why we’re taking so long,” a law enforcement official on the scene of the shooting could be heard saying, according to the Times, which cited a transcript of law enforcement body camera footage.Related video above: Uvalde superintendent plans to hire more police”We’re trying to preserve the rest of the life,” the transcript reads, according to the Times.More than two weeks since the attack, questions remain about how the massacre unfolded and how police responded. Authorities have repeatedly changed their explanations of the events of May 24, frustrating the public and officials alike.”We’re ready to breach, but that door is locked,” Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, said around 12:30 p.m., the New York Times reported, citing a transcript. Arredondo has been identified by authorities as the official who led the flawed law enforcement response to the shooting.Video above: Parents of Uvalde victim plea for urgent gun actionThe Times reported that officers had grown impatient and were voicing their concerns.”If there’s kids in there, we need to go in there,” one officer could be heard saying, according to the Times, which cited investigative documents.”Whoever is in charge will determine that,” another officer responded, according to the Times.According to CNN’s timeline of events, the first officers entered the school building at roughly 11:35 a.m. — just moments after the 18-year-old gunman, who went on to kill 19 young students and two teachers that day.By roughly 11:44 a.m., officers on the scene were calling for additional resources, equipment, body armor and negotiators and evacuating students and teachers, officials previously said.By 12:03 p.m., there were “as many as 19 officers” gathered in the hallway of the school, while the gunman was inside the adjoining classrooms where the massacre took place.At the same time, a student from inside one of the adjoining classrooms called 911 identifying herself and the classroom she was in, officials said. She called again at 12:13 p.m. and then again several minutes later, telling dispatchers there were eight to nine students still alive, according to authorities.Law enforcement breached the classroom door at 12:50 p.m., using keys from a janitor, and shot and killed the suspect.CNN has reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee’s office for comment.

Law enforcement officials on the scene of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting last month were aware there were injured individuals trapped inside classrooms before authorities decided to breach the entrance to the classrooms, according to a New York Times review of investigative documents and videos from law enforcement.

“People are going to ask why we’re taking so long,” a law enforcement official on the scene of the shooting could be heard saying, according to the Times, which cited a transcript of law enforcement body camera footage.

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Related video above: Uvalde superintendent plans to hire more police

“We’re trying to preserve the rest of the life,” the transcript reads, according to the Times.

More than two weeks since the attack, questions remain about how the massacre unfolded and how police responded. Authorities have repeatedly changed their explanations of the events of May 24, frustrating the public and officials alike.

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“We’re ready to breach, but that door is locked,” Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, said around 12:30 p.m., the New York Times reported, citing a transcript. Arredondo has been identified by authorities as the official who led the flawed law enforcement response to the shooting.

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Video above: Parents of Uvalde victim plea for urgent gun action

The Times reported that officers had grown impatient and were voicing their concerns.

“If there’s kids in there, we need to go in there,” one officer could be heard saying, according to the Times, which cited investigative documents.

“Whoever is in charge will determine that,” another officer responded, according to the Times.

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According to CNN’s timeline of events, the first officers entered the school building at roughly 11:35 a.m. — just moments after the 18-year-old gunman, who went on to kill 19 young students and two teachers that day.

By roughly 11:44 a.m., officers on the scene were calling for additional resources, equipment, body armor and negotiators and evacuating students and teachers, officials previously said.

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By 12:03 p.m., there were “as many as 19 officers” gathered in the hallway of the school, while the gunman was inside the adjoining classrooms where the massacre took place.

At the same time, a student from inside one of the adjoining classrooms called 911 identifying herself and the classroom she was in, officials said. She called again at 12:13 p.m. and then again several minutes later, telling dispatchers there were eight to nine students still alive, according to authorities.

Law enforcement breached the classroom door at 12:50 p.m., using keys from a janitor, and shot and killed the suspect.

CNN has reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee’s office for comment.

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