Statewide NewsThe Latest Timeline of the Uvalde Shooting per the Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw gave an update in Uvalde on the investigation into the shooting.
After days of conflicting reports, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw provided updated details on the timeline of events leading up to, and of, the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. 

Here is a timeline of the shooting based on the most recent information provided by McCraw.

September 2021: The perpetrator’s sister “flatly refuses” to help her brother purchase a firearm.

February 28, 2022: The perpetrator is part of a group chat in which there is discussion of him becoming a school shooter.

March 2022: There are interactions on social media about the perpetrator becoming a school shooter, including one in which someone asks him, “Are you going to shoot up a school or something?”

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He replies, “No, and stop asking dumb questions,” and “You’ll see.”

The perpetrator, contrary to previous reports, does not make a public post on social media that he had killed his grandmother and was about to commit mass murder. Instead, he messages his plans privately to someone on Facebook.

McCraw previously indicated the suspect purchased two firearms in March 2022.

May 24th

11:27 a.m.: The exterior door of Robb Elementary School, suspected to be where the gunman entered, is propped open by a teacher. The school district police officer is not on campus at this time.

11:28 a.m.: The suspect crashes a vehicle in a ditch near a funeral home, out of which two men come to investigate. The suspect shoots at the men, who run back to the funeral home uninjured. A teacher witnesses the crash and goes inside the school to retrieve a phone, and returns to the exit door that is still open.

11:30 a.m.: The teacher calls 9-1-1, reporting the crash and a “man with a gun.”

11:31 a.m.: The suspect begins shooting into classrooms from outside the school. Patrol vehicles arrive at the funeral home.

It is at this point that the school district police officer returns to campus and mistakenly drives past the suspect, who is hiding behind a vehicle, firing rounds at the building.

11:33 a.m.: The suspect enters the school and begins shooting into a classroom.

11:35 a.m.: Three Uvalde police officers enter the school through the same door as the suspect. They are later followed by four more officers, including three more Uvalde police and a deputy sheriff. Two receive “grazing wounds” from the suspect.

11:37 a.m.: Additional gunfire takes place.

11:51 a.m.: Border patrol agents begin to arrive at the school.

12:03 p.m.: Up to 19 officers are present at the scene in the hallway of the school. Someone calls 9-1-1 from Room 112 and states her location. The call lasts 1 minute and 23 seconds.

An on-scene commander, believing it was not an “active shooter” but a “barricaded subject” situation, chooses to wait for tactical assistance instead of sending an officer into the classroom.

12:10 p.m.: The same person as before calls again to inform police that multiple people are dead. She would call again at 12:13 p.m. and once more at 12:16 p.m. to say there are 8 or 9 students left alive.

12:15 p.m.: The first members of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), but not the entire team, begin to arrive.

12:19 p.m.: Someone in Room 111 calls 9-1-1. She later disconnects the call when a child tells her to hang up.

12:21 p.m.: The perpetrator fires several shots that are heard on the 9-1-1 call mentioned above. The officers move further down the hallway.

12:36 p.m.: A child calls 9-1-1 and the call lasts 21 seconds. She then calls back and remains on the line. Over the course of the call, she twice begs the operator to “please send the police now” and once mentions she can hear the police “next door.”

12:50 p.m.: Using keys acquired from the janitor, the BORTAC team breaches the classroom and kills the gunman. The gunfire is heard on the 9-1-1 call.

12:51 p.m.: Loud audio from the 9-1-1 recording indicates officers usher the children from the classroom.


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McKenzie DiLullo serves as Senior Editor at The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.

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