Robb Elementary School Shooting, On May 24, 2022, a shooting rampage took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in the United States. Salvador Ramos, 18, a former student there, shot 19 pupils and two instructors before turning the gun on himself. Ramos drove to the school after the shooting and seriously hurt his grandmother at their house earlier that day.
Before entering the school unhindered with an AR-15-style rifle through an unsecured side entrance door, he fired bullets outside for around five minutes. He killed the victims by shutting himself inside two adjacent classrooms without locking the doors. Before members of the US Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) fatally shot Ramos, they had avoided multiple local and state officers who had been in the school’s hallways for over an hour. Ramos had been inside the building for more than an hour. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, this shooting is the third worst school shooting in American history. It is also the eighth deadliest mass shooting in the country’s recent history.
Before entering the classroom to confront the gunman, police officers remained on the scene for more than 1 hour and 14 minutes. Police also surrounded the school property, which led to violent altercations between officers and bystanders—including parents trying to enter the building to save their children. As a result, Uvalde’s law enforcement personnel have come under fire for how they handled the shooting, and the Texas Ranger Division and the US Department of Justice are looking into their actions separately. Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) designated Chief Pedro Arredondo of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department (UCISD PD) as the incident commander and assigned him a large portion of the blame for the police response.
Arredondo questioned the description of his job as incident commander, but the Uvalde school board ultimately fired him for his conduct during the shooting. According to a study by the Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee, numerous authorities’ “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” were to blame for the problem on the whole. According to the investigation, police enforcement personnel failed to follow their active shooter training at Robb Elementary and failed to put the lives of innocent victims before their own protection. Officers had to break into the classroom for an unacceptable amount of time before they could stop the attacker and start the rescue operation.
Local and state officials misrepresented the sequence of events and inflated police involvement in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The school district police chief’s assessment of the situation as one with a “barricaded subject” rather than an “active shooter” led to law enforcement delaying an assault on Ramos’ position in the classrooms filled with students, which was a mistake, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Before they entered the school, law enforcement was also aware that there were injured people there.
Following the shooting, which took place 10 days after the massacre in Buffalo in 2022, more extensive talks on American gun culture and violence, political gridlock, and law enforcement’s failure to stop or stop the attack during it emerged. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law about a month after the shooting, was the most significant piece of federal gun reform legislation since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.