Texas School Shooting: Did the kids die while waiting outside the police?

While the nation is trying to understand the horrors that unfolded at Rob Elementary School in Uvalade, Texas on Tuesday, the biggest unanswered question is whether anyone can be saved.

Authorities have left more questions to the public than answers about the 21 people killed, and the timeline has changed more than once. At least 17 children were hospitalized with injuries, but it is unclear how many survived.

According to the latest update from the Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday, gunmen entered the school at 11:33 a.m. and law enforcers broke through a locked classroom and killed him at 12:50 a.m. More than an hour later.

Although authorities claim most of the shots were fired within the first few minutes, there is some evidence that some victims may be alive and need medical treatment while they wait for reinforcements outside.

“Looking back, where I am sitting now, there were obviously children. “They were clearly in danger,” Steven McCraw, director of public safety, told a news conference. Aims and helps. “

A police officer comforts family members at a memorial outside Rob Elementary School in Uvalade, Texas.

(Wally Scalise / Los Angeles Times)

McCrae said Uvalade Consolidated Independent School District Police Commissioner Pete Aredondo, commander of the scene, believed ভুল incorrectly যে that officers had more time because the incident involved an active gunman with a barricaded object. Risk. ”

“I’m not talking about anything, but if you go back to the timeline, there was a dam: in four minutes, hundreds of shells were pumped into these two classes,” he said. “Then there were the occasional shots and he was at the door. The belief is that no one can survive and the problem is now law enforcement is trying to keep them out or cheat to get in.

But according to McCrae’s timeline, at 12:16 p.m., a caller from Room 112, 911, one of the classrooms where the shooting took place, said “eight to nine students are still alive.”

Although it is not yet known if these students were ultimately among the dead, injured or survivors, police and medical professionals say that in most cases the sooner patients receive medical care, the better their chances of survival. .

“You have to stop bleeding these kids and stop shooting others,” the former Houston police chief told Art Acevedo Times after the press conference. “You have to come in now. The kids called 911 for help.

“We call it the golden age,” Acevedo said, adding that seriously injured patients often need care within an hour or their risk of death is significantly increased.

While this is a generalization, experts say that time can make a significant difference in whether a person survives being shot. Police believe so much that after officers are shot, their colleagues often do not wait for an ambulance and use a squad car to get to the emergency room.

According to Dr. Demetrios Demetriades, MD, professor of surgery and trauma director at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, delayed bleeding control every 10 minutes increases patient mortality by about 10%.

LA County-USC Trauma Unit Head Dr. Kenji Inaba similarly stated that “bleeding after a ballistic injury remains the # 1 preventable cause of death”, but he could not comment on Ubalade law enforcement strategies or visible medical care.

“After a ballistic injury, every second counts, and as soon as possible victims should be judged, significant bleeding should be stopped, and then taken to the nearest trauma center for final care,” he said.

Travis Norton, California Assn. An official with the Strategic Officers’ Post-Action Investigation Team, which has investigated numerous mass shootings, said it was a common mistake to think “we stop when the shootings stop”.

“It’s a problem with the term ‘active Marxman.'” The shooter is still active when people are in danger, “Norton said.

He said similar patterns emerged during the 2018 Thousand Oaks border shooting and the shooting of a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado last year, when commanders at the scene misunderstood the lack of guns to indicate a “barricade situation.” In contrast, during the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, officers did not stop when gunmen stopped firing, he said.

Injuries to gunfire need immediate attention, Norton said, “because depending on the severity of their wounds, they can bleed quickly. That’s why we gave the first responders a tourniquet, chest seal and gauze.”

“If you go back to Columbine, we didn’t have that equipment,” he said, referring to the 1999 Colorado school attack. “It simply came to our notice then. … Firearm trauma kits are now visible next to you [defibrillators] In several places. ”

Some survivors have shared tragic stories from the scene. A fourth-year student in the classroom told the San Antonio television station KNS that she, her best friend and three other students were hiding under a table covered with tablecloths and many of their teachers and classmates survived the killing.

Another student, 11-year-old Mia Serillo, survived by spilling her friend’s blood and pretending to be dead, her aunt Blanca Rivera told NBC News. Rivera said he was taken to hospital with a piece of lead on his back, but has since been released.

According to a GoFundMe page created by his family, nine-year-old Kendall Oliverage was shot in the left shoulder and hit his right leg and tail bone with a piece of bullet. “It will require multiple surgeries to fully heal,” the site says.

“The longer it takes to evacuate patients from the hot zone, the worse the consequences will be,” said Mark Estein, MD, professor of emergency medicine and head of the EMS department at USC.

“If you love a place [Uvalde] Where your nearest Level 1 Trauma Center is in San Antonio, 80 miles away, the law enforcement agency’s responsibility is to simultaneously neutralize the shooter and try to evacuate staff, children and teachers as soon as possible, “Estein said.” Didn’t learn shooting. [in Orlando, Fla.]Where potential surviving patients die of anemia.

However, Estein said he did not want the bereaved families to feel that their loved ones could survive if the authorities reacted differently, especially since it depends so much on the location and nature of the trauma.

Estein said the AR-15 rifle used for firing caused “devastating blows to the body”, not because of the size of the cartridges but because of their high velocity creating huge kinetic energy.

“And then you have children,” he said. “The death rate of a child injured by such a bullet would be much higher than that of an adult and higher than that of a normal handgun bullet.”

The mother of surviving 8-year-old Adam Pennington said Friday that she was concerned about the new timeline published by law enforcement.

“When you’re on the ground, move with your gut,” said Laura Pennington, 33. “I think everyone was very scared and confused, and this is causing problems. However, there should be a set protocol for all these situations. ”

Pennington, who is also an alternate teacher in the county, said his brother-in-law was among those who rushed to the school for help but was kept out by law enforcement, although officers refused to enter.

“I understand they are scared for their own lives but these guys are in tactical gear. “They could attack the building from every angle,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. You have to do more. “

Pennington added that it was up to the parents “and actually their children to save” that an off-duty border patrol officer rushed to the school to search the room with a friend armed with a shotgun.

“If so, why did you resign?” He mentioned the local police. “Think about how many people he saved by taking matters into his own hands.”

Pennington said he contacted a woman whose niece was injured in the attack and who was also in hospital Friday.

Pennington began to cry, saying, “There are more that are critical and I don’t know if they will survive.” “I want to cry because they deserve better.”

Times Editor Hennessy-Fisk reports from Texas, Winton and Smith Los Angeles.

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