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Police response delayed when TX shooter is not considered an “active shooter”.

(NewsNation) —LATEST UPDATE: Even as kids called 911 and begged for help, the shooter at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was treated as a barricaded subject rather than an active gunman, the Texas Department of Public Safety director said Friday.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said the commander on the scene believed during the shooting the gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was barricaded in a classroom but was not actively shooting at children. With this in mind, they waited for reinforcements and more equipment before attempting to overwhelm the gunner.

Although McCraw said treating the shooter as a barricaded subject was the “wrong decision,” he declined to apologize during the press conference.

“If I thought it would help, I would apologize,” he replied to a reporter’s question.

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Emotions ran high and palpable as authorities released more details about the moments leading up to the shooting. At a press conference on Thursday Confusion reigned as authorities did not directly answer questions as to why officers were unable to stop the shooter previously.

Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Victor Escalon told reporters he’s “considered all of these questions” and will offer updates later.

Authorities said the 18-year-old gunman had been at Robb Elementary School for over an hour before he was killed by police.

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Many other details of the case and the reaction remained obscure. The motive for the massacre — the deadliest school shooting in the country since Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago — continued to be investigated, with authorities saying Ramos had no known criminal or mental health history.

President Joe Biden will visit Uvalde this weekend.

“Where in God’s name is our spine?”Biden said Tuesday night:He urged the American people to “have the courage to confront this and stand up against the (gun) lobbies.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This story breaks and is updated.

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Nate Jones

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