TX School Tactical Review
Door Unlocked / No Resource Officer Engaged Shooter / 1hr Delay/ Questions
Story still unfolding; Lots of questions, lots of misinformation. Not buying media charges officers did not enter room because they were cowards.
Running into hail of fire without proper tactics, training, equipment with a shooter in a locked room with victims/hostages is not an effective technique.
No doubt there were mistakes made. There always are.
Reports of shooter outside of school firing at random targets for 12 minutes, walks thru unlocked door and false story of school resource officer engaging where there was none is very troublesome.
Appears Officers did enter building early on, cornered shooter into classroom, where majority of victims were shot/killed.
At this point, it became a standoff, between officers and shooter. Lasted nearly an hour before locked classroom door was breeched and shooter engaged.
More questions. Was there communication with shooter? Many were locked down in school, they were being evacuated in an organized effort. Shooter was cornered in locked classroom.
Once gunman in locked room with hostages/victims the situation becomes nearly impossible, even specialized SWAT and equipment, breeching charges, shields, stun grenades, body armor, training, info, doesn't guarantee success without unnecessary casualties.
Best info is they had shooter isolated, gunfire inside subsided and were waiting for reinforcements with SWAT tools techniques.
Why wasn't an ad hoc team quickly organized to take out shooter from windows, thru door? Sounds like they were trying.
Outside of school bedlam. Parents, some parents and cops made individual efforts to rescue children.
Who was the on scene commander? Who was giving orders?
What training/capabilities did local PD have. Was there a school resource officer assigned?
Appears there was a frantic effort to get SWAT gear and equipment.
Even when Border Patrol Tactical Unit arrived had level 4 shield took heavy fire, one was grazed on head finally got thru door to take out shooter.
Where did shooter get thousands to buy weapons? Reports he was arrested 4 yrs earlier for involvement in school plot?
That classroom must have been a nightmare for all who responded before and after.
Good time for all to review protocols.
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