Disturbing reports have surfaced of a young girl’s call to police from the scene of the Uvalde school shooting – more than 40 minutes before officers arrived.
An exclusive CNN story says the 10-year-old told the dispatcher, “I’m in class 112. Please hurry. There are a lot of dead bodies.”
Khloie Torres was trapped inside Robb Elementary School in the city of Texas on May 24 when high school dropout Salvador Ramos shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.
CNN says his call was made at 12:10 p.m. that day. But it took Khloie another 40 minutes to give details to authorities until a strike team burst into the room, challenging the shooter at 12:50 p.m.
She reportedly said on the call: “Please get help. I don’t want to die. My teacher is dead. Oh my God.”
Khloie, now 11, survived the attack.
His appeal comes after numerous similar allegations of a slow and chaotic police response to one of the deadliest classroom attacks in US history.
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Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted the response was an “abject failure” with “terrible decisions” made by the on-scene commander.
There were enough armed police to stop Uvalde shooter in three minutes after he started school, he said.
Uvalde District Police Chief Pete Arredondo was sacked for the wavering response.
Then the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District suspended his entire police department over it.
Parents outside the school at the time of the massacre had pleaded with law enforcement to take decisive action to save their children – some of whom also desperately called 911.
There was also a delay in entering the classroom while officers searched for a key. However, the door was unlocked and there is no evidence officers even checked, the Texas public safety chief said.
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An initial report on what happened revealed nearly 400 law enforcement personnel were dispatched to the scenebut despite the huge response in terms of personnel, a “nonchalant approach” and a general feeling of “chaos” among all the agencies present prevailed.
CNN heard Khloie’s 911 call, along with other calls from the same girl and her classmates, whispering information and pleading for help.
His report on the matter said: “It was the call that should have ended any doubt or hesitation that the teenage shooter was active, wandering between the two connected classrooms, that the children were trapped, wounded and had to be saved.”
Families of some of the 19 children killed that day commemorated Day of the Dead on Tuesday with a rally, procession and decorated altar in front of the Texas Capitol building.