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New Timeline Shows Uvalde Police Could Have Stopped Massacre in Minutes

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Police who responded to the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, had the firepower and tools to stop the gunman inside, officials said Tuesday. But they chose to wait more than an hour, even as wounded students and teachers pleaded for help from the classroom the shooter had entered. And the state’s top law-enforcement official said that, contrary to previous information, the door to that classroom was not even locked.

The stunning revelations came at a Texas state-senate hearing, where a timeline indicated that Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school-district police chief who was nominally in charge of the response, was most responsible for the delay. Colonel Steve McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety said that “the only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room........

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