Congressman Asks FBI To Investigate Clashing Reports On Uvalde School Shooting

On Thursday, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) wrote a letter to the FBI Director Christopher Wray, urging him that the FBI should investigate and clear out the conflicting reports from state officials regarding the elementary school shooting that recently happened in Uvalde, Texas.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, an 18-year old high school student from Uvalde, Salvador Ramos, opened fire with an AR-15 on a 4th-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where he massacred 19 children and 2 teachers.

Witnesses claimed that while the attack was happening, law enforcement officials did not go into the school for at least 40 minutes to stop the assailant. Castro’s letter hopes to bring some clarity as Texas officials gave different accounts of the horrific incident.

According to the Texas Tribune’s reporter Zach Despart, on May 25 the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Commissioner Steve McCraw stated that a school security officer approached the assailant and engaged with him but the officer was unsuccessful in stopping him from entering the school.

However, on May 26, DPS Regional Director Victor Escalon claimed that the gunman walked into the school unobstructed.

Castro highlighted that the accounts of different official bodies from Texas do not match.

The discrepancies in the reports were mainly observed in regards to whether or not a school security officer engaged with the assailant and how long law enforcement waited in a nearby classroom while the gunman had locked himself in one of the classrooms with teachers and young students.

Castro also emphasized the importance of finding out what happened between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the account of that period is not fully known. According to onlookers, during that period, the parents were pleading with the law enforcement officials to enter the school and take down the shooter.

Although the officials insisted that the police arrived at the scene minutes after the assailant had entered the school, many eyewitnesses gave different accounts of what happened.

The Wall Street Journal spoke with Angeli Rose Gomez, whose children studied in the second and third grade at Robb Elementary School. She claimed that she was arrested for pushing law enforcement officials to go into the school and stop the gunman.

Like many other parents at the scene, she begged the police officers to do something but she got arrested by the U.S. marshals for being an interference in an on-going investigation.

Castro urged the FBI to examine what really happened and release a transparent report on the findings, which would help the Americans get a complete and detailed account of how this horrific tragedy actually took place.