Parents Accuse Police of Waiting Outside During Uvalde Shooting

Parents confronted police outside the Robb Elementary School during the shooting and demanded authorities do more, according to reports.

A video, which has since gone viral on Twitter, shows parents arguing with authorities setting a perimeter during the Texas school shooting on Tuesday. The video has now been viewed over 1.2 million times.

The video, shared by Gizmo writer Matt Novak, appears to show parents and bystanders outside the Robb Elementary school during the attack.

Armed police appear to be holding a perimeter around the school while people demand more action from authorities.

The video also appears to show police apprehending an individual and speaking to them while they are pinned to the ground.

A man who lives close to the school, Juan Carranza, said that a woman demanded the police outside the school go into the school rather than stay outside, according to an Associated Press report.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still gathered outside the building.

Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders.

"Let's just rush in because the cops aren't doing anything like they are supposed to," he said.

"More could have been done. They were unprepared," he added.

Salvador Ramos, the suspected Uvalde Texas school shooter, crashed his truck into a ditch outside the school, grabbed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and shot at two people outside a nearby funeral home who ran away uninjured.

Officials say he "encountered" a school district security officer outside the school, though there were conflicting reports from authorities on whether the men exchanged gunfire. After running inside, he fired on two arriving Uvalde police officers who were outside the building, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. The police officers were injured.

After entering the school, Ramos charged into one classroom and began shooting.

"[He] barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom. It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter," Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Department of Public Safety told CNN.

Department of public safety director Steve McCraw defended the actions of the police.

He said that 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him, though a department spokesman said later that they could not give a solid estimate of how long the gunman was in the school before he was killed.

"The bottom line is law enforcement was there. They did engage immediately. They did contain [Ramos] in the classroom." McCraw said.

Newsweek has contacted the Uvalde Police Department for comment.

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Flowers are placed on a makeshift memorial in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022. Parents have accused police of waiting outside during Uvalde shooting. Chandan Khanna/Getty images