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Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw released a scathing assessment of local law enforcement’s response on Tuesday to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers last month, saying It was a “gross failure” that was “the opposite”. “For active shooter protocols developed over the past two decades.

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McCraw testified during a Texas state Senate hearing that “the only thing preventing dedicated officers from entering the hallway into rooms 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander.”

The on-scene commander, Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, has faced intense criticism for waiting more than an hour for additional tactical teams and equipment after he decided the suspect had been barricaded. And was not an active shooter.

“It was nothing more than an active shooter,” McCraw said Tuesday, piling up.

McCraw revealed that the only radios working inside the western side of the school where the officers were assembled belonged to US Border Patrol agents—and Arredondo didn’t have his own radio with him, but even if he did. McCraw said it doesn’t work.

McCraw recommended securing the school’s perimeter – even though there was already a fence around the school – and implementing a key card or badge system, and improving locking mechanisms for interior and exterior doors, as A teacher closed a wide open door. shooter, but the door didn’t close when he closed it.