Inside the Intense Police Battle with Texas Elementary School Shooter

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A lone gunman stormed into a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school Tuesday morning with multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition intent on killing students. From his approach to the school until his death at the hands of law enforcement, police engaged the man to save as many lives as they could.

A law enforcement source described the scene at the Robb Elementary School campus on Wednesday, telling Breitbart Texas the rapidly developing tragedy involved multiple agencies banding together in impromptu fashions. The source says Border Patrol agents, members of the agency’s elite BORTAC tactical team, engaged with the shooter and formed a team with other authorities to push into the gunfire and neutralize the suspect.

The following is what is currently known about the timeline of events. As the investigation unfolds, specific details may emerge providing additional insights.

At approximately 11:28 a.m. the suspect wrecked his vehicle into a drainage ditch near the Robb Elementary School. He had taken his grandmother’s pickup truck after shooting her in the face. As he got out of the vehicle, he opened fire on people coming out of a nearby funeral home, Texas DPS officials stated on Thursday afternoon. He then moved toward the school and climbed a fence.

The source told Breitbart that law enforcement from local, state, and federal agencies rushed to Uvalde as calls for assistance went out from local counterparts. At roughly 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, a Uvalde Police Department officer and a Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District arrived on the scene and observed the shooter enter the school through a west-side door.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez told CBS News that multiple police officers came under attack by the shooter. “Several police officers were shot,” he stated.

The officers followed the shooter into the building and heard gunshots, DPS officials said on Thursday. The shooter engaged the officers in gunfire. The officers are unable to make entry into the classroom due to the level of gunfire.

The shooter repelled the officers using a cache of ammunition and a rifle. The source said authorities recovered a backpack containing fully loaded rifle magazines for an AR-15-style weapon. The suspect was believed to be carrying two backpacks.

At least one student was able to call 911, the source added. The student’s young age did not stop them from providing some information to authorities about the number of gunshots heard.

As authorities engaged the suspect and attempted to end the attack, word quickly spread through the small town. Groups of parents and relatives converged on the scene. According to the source, the parents and family members attempted to rush into the campus in a state of panic. Multiple law enforcement officers expended their efforts to calm the families and keep them safe from harm.

Other officers, according to the source, rushed to parts of the building breaking windows and escorting students and faculty out of harm’s way. A hastily set up command center at a nearby funeral home served to coordinate more resources. From there, all available emergency medical resources were requested and staged to respond once the school was secured.

During the chaos, other law enforcement officers moved students to safety and kept family members at bay. Meanwhile, an ongoing exchange of gunfire with the suspect continued and a plan was hatched by a Border Patrol agent to storm the barricade to end the incident. According to the source, two as-yet-unidentified Border Patrol agents assisted in organizing a team of officers already on the scene who had received tactical training.

Ultimately, the team breached the classroom where the suspect barricaded himself and exchanged close-quarters gunfire with the suspect. The gunman shot a Border Patrol agent during the exchange. Another agent managed to fatally shoot the suspect, bringing the attack to a close, sources told Breitbart Texas.

Although local authorities had summoned SWAT teams and a hostage negotiator, those resources did not arrive before the makeshift team ended the situation, according to the source.

The source told Breitbart Texas that officers on the scene were horrified at the carnage they witnessed and immediately turned their focus to life-saving measures. Incident commanders summoned all available EMS technicians into the building and called for air evacuation helicopter crews.

The Border Patrol agent who engaged with the suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his foot or lower leg and was treated and released shortly after the incident, Border Patrol officials reported. The agent also sustained a wound to the head, Breitbart Texas reported. The suspect managed to kill 19 students and two adult teachers at the campus during the horrific attack. In addition, according to the source, more than one dozen suffered gunshot injuries, and some remain hospitalized.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol Stations within the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Information has been updated to reflect new information received from Texas DPS and Border Patrol officials.

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