The Robb Elementary School shooting victim, Sgt. Juan Maldonado, didn’t go to school after the May 24 shooting
In a clear plea from Khloie, she is trapped at Robb Elementary school with a killer who has slaughtered her friends and teacher. Khloie, now 11, survived.
CNN reported a month ago that Pargas had been aware of the situation when he followed up on a call from a student.
The law enforcement response was condemned almost from the beginning. And agencies have blamed each other in changing narratives since the massacre on May 24, for not following up on the initial attempt to go into the classroom when the gunman fired back, to treating the suspect as barricaded but not an active threat, and long waits for equipment and specialist personnel.
Betancourt said he did not know school police chief Arredondo was there until later. He did not mention acting city police chief Pargas. DPS also had many of its own officers on scene, including now-fired Sgt. Juan Maldonado who was one of the first to arrive. The department has taken criticism for not taking charge of what its own chief called “an abject failure.” The director of the department told families in October that he did not think the institution had failed.
A 911 Call to the School Shooting: Khloie and the Families of the Shooting victims, and an Emergency Medical Aid Officer
CNN used the excerpts from the calls with Khloie’s parents’ approval. The families of people who died in the massacre were told by CNN that the story was coming.
Her mother, Jamie Torres, said it hurt to know Khloie called and still waited that long for help. All of the kids did not have a backup. Nobody had armor in there,” she told “CNN This Morning” on Wednesday. They went through a lot, and they were not assisted by the police.
“I need help … please. Have y’all captured the person?” the fourth grader asks at 12:12 p.m. There is a request to open the door a few minutes later.
She told the operator that nobody was listening to her. “I understand what to do in these situations. My dad taught me when I was a little girl. Send help.
EMT! He is yelling as he asks how to get to the victims. One person shrugs. One person on the scene has been there for over 20 minutes, and he says, “No, we hadn’t heard that.”
There were a lot of confused people at the start of the response to the school shooting, which started after the attacker shot his grandmother in the head and then crashed a truck near the school.
“We don’t know if he has anybody in the room with him, do we?” asks an officer in the hallway outside the classrooms. “He does,” comes the reply. “Eight or nine children.”
An emergency medic from the Border Patrol arrives while some are talking about gas masks and shields. He, too, knows about the children.
How a friend and colleague of Miah told CNN about a shooter in the classroom killed two students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas
Later, Khloie tells police how she was using her teacher’s phone, how she knew how to make the emergency call without having to unlock the phone as it was like her dad’s.
She also told of how she had time to try to help her friends while the gunman was in the adjoining classroom, where he killed all the students and wounded the teacher.
The girl survives. She was on the phone when she talked to the one of the responders at the hospital where she was injured in a school bus crash.
By then, armed responders were stacked up outside the connecting classrooms 111 and 112, where they waited and talked and checked equipment and looked for tools until a team finally entered the rooms and killed the gunman.
Throughout the call, Miah and her classmate Khloie Torres – both of whom survive – ask for officers to be sent to help save them from the massacre that killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.
“All the officers who were there should hear this audio so they can understand what the hell the kids are going through, and these suckers are just outside.”
They did not know that hundreds of officers, from 23 local, state and federal agencies, were responding as well as their friends and teachers. One child and a teacher died as a result of the initial attack.
The parents of Miah reached out to CNN after we ran a story Tuesday on Miah’s friend Khloie calling into the police station to tell them of the dead and injured in classroom 112, just as they were about to get killed by the shooter.
“If children are calling and saying that they’re hurt or in the classroom, that shows you that they are really cowards,” Cerrillo said of the responding officers.
Miah’s parents had never heard of the call before, but they said that it helped them to understand what Miah had said about that day.
I would like to send you help. The shooter entered the room 46 minutes since he was seen entering, but still less than 30 minutes from when he was stopped.
“Are they in the building?” she asks repeatedly about the law enforcement response. Her mother said Miah believed officers were still trying to find a way to get close to them, never imagining that they were stacked up on the other side of the door, just feet away.
She discovered some of the body camera video online that showed the delay, lack of communication, and distraction that came with the failed response, which her family has tried to shield her from.
Miah was able to tell CNN days later how she smeared blood on herself and played dead in the hope the gunman would leave her alone if he came back from the adjoining classroom. She even testified to the US Congress, sending a video message to a House committee investigating gun violence when she said what she wished for was “to have security.”
Miah used to be a happy child but her mother said she is now afraid of loud noise and is no longer fond of playing prank on her siblings.
An Emetic Sheriff’s Story about the Robb Elementary School Shooting: Reporting the 911 Call to the Loss of a High-School Gunman
When calls came in that a man was firing his gun after crashing his truck at Robb Elementary School, Sheriff Nolasco rushed to the school.
He was one of the people who went to assist children and teachers. But, unlike the vast majority, he had the rank to easily take charge, he had vital information about the shooter and a call about victims in a classroom, and others looked to him as a commander on the scene with up-to-date information.
Even though he had the name of a suspect, knew that the man had tried to kill his grandmother, and was less than half a mile from the school, Nolasco chose not to go, instead sending some of his deputies. Medics took the grandmother to a hospital as he stayed with her.
In the days after the massacre that killed 19 children and two teachers, as demands rose for answers to why it took 77 minutes to stop the gunman once he got into the school, Nolasco was comforted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and US Sen. Ted Cruz, his political allies.
The school police chief and the acting city police chief were both fired and retired before they could be fired, as were members of the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Nolasco was also emotional and belligerent in his interview nine days after the horrific attack. He said that some of the routine questions were disrespectful, but that he didn’t do anything wrong. I have nothing to hide.”
Nolasco was outside the school fence as law enforcement tried to keep parents away from the campus. He told one relative of the woman who had been shot on Diaz Street that he had seen her, and she was being taken to a hospital in San Antonio. A woman at a school said that the man was acting because of an issue with his mother. She was so upset that her own son was at the school. She yelled, “Just take him out,” while she was talking about the man. “Kill him, kill him!”
“Who did this to you?” CNN obtained a recording from a body camera that was worn by a deputy and which Nolasco can be heard asking about. The footage was uploaded to police servers within hours of the shooting and was made available to the Texas Rangers tasked with investigating the response but has not been made public.
CNN analysis of radio traffic and footage from body-worn and surveilance cameras shows the name wasn’t immediately given to officers at the school even as they sought that information through other means.
Uvalde Sheriff Ruben Nolasco and the Shooting of a 17-Year-Old High School Infant Shooter
Acting Uvalde police chief Lt. Mariano Pargas, who like Nolasco could have taken command, chose to resign after CNN reported that he knew children needed rescuing and did not organize help.
CNN has also revealed the actions and inaction that have seen a Texas Ranger and a state police captain put under review, and a state police sergeant terminated. The Uvalde school district fired the officer who quit the state force after CNN showed how she waited outside the school during the attack but said that if her son were inside, it would have been different.
Nolasco defended himself and said that he was not at the school for the first 35 minutes of the standoff.
He told the investigator he “had a good reason” for the delay, saying he stayed to arrange the EMS transport, persuaded a neighbor to get off the street while the shooter was loose and then made some calls.
But there was no effective communication that active shooter protocol should be followed – that the threat should be neutralized as quickly as possible – either on the scene or among the many teams, some under DPS leadership, that were heading there. When he arrived, the man still thought they were dealing with a barricaded subject.
The captain of the Department of Defense is under investigation for his actions. He told investigators he asked Nolasco while he was driving if he had a command post set up, and again when he arrived as he thought the sheriff was in charge. “I assumed the sheriff was running the show,” he said in one interview.
In a second interview with an investigator, he elaborated, “I know the sheriff has operational control there at the time, and we’re getting with the sheriff to get firsthand information from the incident as it was occurring.”
Nolasco, the school principal, and the first teacher wounded in a school shooting: An investigation into the impact of the deputy sheriff and helicopter on active shooter training
Nolasco had a differing opinion to CNN. It is his impression that is on him. He’s a captain. If he assumed that, then it was an assumption. It was not validated.”
Nolasco complained to an investigator about how bad the radios were in and around the school, as well as how bad the noise from the helicopter was.
The sheriff was with DPS Capt. Betancourt when Betancourt issued an order – that no one heeded – to stop the entry to the classroom that finally killed the gunman at 12:50 p.m.
“When you have hostages in there, you really don’t want to break down doors,” he said, in direct contradiction of active shooter training for law enforcement, which calls first for officers to neutralize the suspect and “stop the killing,” even if it puts responders or hostages in danger.
After an hour of questions, near the end of the interview, he talked about the suffering of his deputies and said, “It’s been very traumatic for me as well.”
A student at the school described the terrifying moment the school was placed on a lock down after a young boy allegedly shot and injured a teacher.
“We were doing math … an announcer came on she was like, ‘lockdown, I repeat lockdown,’” said fifth grader Novah Jones, who was located in a different classroom. I hid under my desk because I didn’t know what to do, it was my first locking down and I was scared.
The teacher wounded in Friday’s shooting, whose injury was initially described as life-threatening, was listed in stable condition by Saturday, according to the Newport News Police Department.
The Newport News public school district and authorities did not name the teacher but her alma mater, James Madison University, did.
When a 6-year-old Student walked into a school with a loaded handgun and shot himself, and the school was evacuated
The 6-year-old boy was taken into police custody, Police Chief Steve Drew said in a news conference, adding that “this was not an accidental shooting.”
There had been an altercation between the teacher and the student, who had the firearm, Drew said. A single round was fired and no other students were involved.
Following the shooting, all students at the school were evacuated from their classrooms with their teachers and taken to the gymnasium, where they were with counselors and officers, Drew told CNN affiliate WTKR.
Though she was able to return home safely, Novah said she had trouble sleeping that night, worried that “he still had the gun and he was going to come to my house.”
Novah is one of numerous children to grapple with the trauma of a shooting at school. Shootings in US schools, while still rare when compared with other incidents of gun violence, have become far more common than they are in any other country. CNN found at least 60 school shootings in a 12 year period.
As the investigation continues, the elementary school will remain closed Monday and Tuesday to give the community “time to heal,” Principal Briana Foster Newton said in a statement.
It was almost impossible for Newport News to comprehend how a 6 year old 1st graders brought a loaded handgun to school and shot a teacher.
Authorities are “working diligently to get an answer to the question we are all asking – how did this happen? We are also working to ensure the child receives the supports and services he needs as we continue to process what took place,” Jones said.
The Shooting of a Journalist in Orlando, FL, About 11 a.m. Wednesday: Witnesses and a Family of the Shooting
A document from the sheriff’s office says two journalists from Spectrum News 13 were shot at as they were covering the initial shooting.
The suspect is charged with murder in the first shooting and is scheduled to be charged in the others.
The suspect has a long history of criminal charges including assault with a deadly weapon, and he has been accused of attacking others several times in the past.
The first shooting, reported around 11 a.m. Wednesday, killed a woman in her 20s inside a vehicle on Hialeah Street in western Orange County. Mina said that that woman is an acquaintance of the suspect.
A reporter and a photographer for Spectrum News 13 were shot while covering the killing of a woman by a man who returned after his vehicle had been towed.
“That vehicle was almost exactly in the same spot as the vehicle was from the homicide this morning. So it’s unclear why exactly they were targeted. And you know certainly we’re going to look into that, and we will definitely let you know,” Mina said.
The suspect entered a home and shot a mother and daughter after the journalists were shot, the sheriff said. They were both taken to a hospital, where the child died and the mother was in critical condition Wednesday evening, authorities said.
“It is with deep sadness that @RTDNA learns of the death of a @MyNews13 journalist in Orlando,” Radio Television Digital News Association CEO Dan Shelley tweeted. He was one of a couple of journalists who were shot for covering a previous crime. Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to their families, friends and the other victims.
In a statement, CNN called the shooting “an absolute tragedy” and noted that the organization “stands with our affiliate partner, Spectrum News 13, and will support them and the families of these journalists in any way we can.”
“No one in our community – not a mother, not a 9-year-old, (and) certainly not news professionals – should become the victim of gun violence in our community,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a news conference detailing the suspect’s arrest.
“So, the suspect is not saying much right now,” Mina said. “It is unclear if he knew they were news media or not. We’re trying to figure that out.
Moses “was an acquaintance of the woman this morning, but as far as we know, had no connection to the reporters and no connection to the mother and the 9-year-old,” Mina said.
The Shootings of a TV Reporter in Orlando, Fla., Ended with a Shot-and-Three-One Mediated by Jeff German
“Please, please, say a prayer tonight for our co-worker who is in critical condition. Celeste Springer of Spectrum 13 asked the audience to say a prayer for the victims of gun violence.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40 journalists were killed worldwide last year and another two this year. The one in the US was the only one.
Jeff German, who who covered politics and corruption for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead outside his home with multiple stab wounds in September. Robert Telles, the former public administrator in Clark County, is charged with murder.
AlisonParker and Adam Ward were shot and killed by a fellow reporter and cameraman during a live TV broadcast. The suspect, a former reporter for the TV station, died by suicide during the law enforcement search for him.
A 9-year-old girl, a woman and a TV reporter were shot to death on Wednesday in a neighborhood near an area in central Florida where there were several other homicides in the last year.
A suspect in the shootings – which also injured the girl’s mother and one of the journalist’s colleagues – was arrested Wednesday afternoon, a sheriff’s office said, ending a spate of violence that stretched across several hours just west of Orlando.
The Shooting of a TV News Anchor in Orlando, Fla., killed at 4 p.m. Wednesday and missing, the two-member journalist who died
There was one of the journalists that died. The other was in critical condition Wednesday, but was speaking and was expected to go through more treatments at a hospital Wednesday night, the news station said, without naming either.
The suspect may have known that the employees were members of the media, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators had quickly identified Moses as a suspect in the first shooting and were following leads when the TV journalists were shot around 4 p.m., the sheriff said.
The people were having regular conversations in the newsroom. It was a regular day. And truly not just colleagues, but family members,” anchor Greg Angel said.
The co-anchor said some of their competitors rushed to the aid of their colleagues. They could have followed the danger and gone the other way. They ran over to our crews and helped.
There are many people in this room, including his fiancée and members of his family. There are people standing in solidarity tonight as one of our own has passed.
We are shocked and sad by the deaths of our colleague and the other lives that were taken today. “Our thoughts are with our employee’s family, friends and co-workers during this very difficult time. We remain hopeful that our other colleague who was injured makes a full recovery. This is a terrible tragedy for the Orlando community.”
A 911 Call to 911 after a Shotgun Collision in Orange County, Fla., About 12 Years after the Stabbing of a Teen Girl and a Woman
A 9-year-old girl, who was fatally wounded when a gunman broke into her family’s Florida home after shooting a woman nearby hours earlier, told her mother, “He shot me!” According to the affidavit, as she ran for help.
The mother said she woke up and screamed “He shot me!” She jumped into her bed as she ran into her room. Brian Savelli of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office writes in the court document.
According to the affidavit, minutes after the news crew arrived, reporter Dylan Lyons was shot while in the front passenger seat of the crew’s Ford Escape. He died at a hospital less than an hour later. The station, a CNN affiliate, said Lyons was 24 years old.
Photojournalist Jesse Walden was found wounded by the trunk of the SUV, deputies said. Authorities in the initial aftermath had said the journalists were shot before the girl and her mother.
Five hours before the other homicides, Augustin died in the initial shooting. The affidavit says she was found lying outside a car that had been used by her cousin.
According to a previous affidavit, the cousin said he was driving around with the woman in his car and had offered Moses a ride. The suspect entered the rear passenger side and sat behind the woman.
Less than a minute later, the cousin said he “heard a loud bang,” that affidavit says. The suspect fled when the driver pulled over to call 911, the court document says.
“It was extremely important to bring these charges forward,” Sheriff John Mina said at a press conference Tuesday. Authorities have not discovered a motive and the affidavit says.