The reconstruction of the massacre provided by the Texas Public Safety Department shows the dynamics of the massacre minute by minute: the shot of the killer to the grandmother, the entrance to the school through a door left open by accident, the calls to the children to 911, up to the last ambush of Santos, who was hiding in a closet
Shortly after 11.00. Ramos shoots his grandmother in the face. Gilbert Gallegos, 82, who lives in the house opposite, hears a shot while standing in the yard. He runs to the house and sees Ramos darting off in a pickup truck and his grandmother walking up to him begging for help, covered in blood. Berto, here’s what he did, he shot me, says the lady to Gallegos, whose wife calls the police to report the shooting.
11.27. A video shows a teacher, not yet identified by the authorities, opening an external door to the school, says Texas Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
11.28. The teacher goes out to retrieve a phone and then re-enters through the door, which remains open. It is not clear why the teacher was retrieving a phone. Public Safety Department spokesman Travis Considine explained Thursday that investigators have not determined why the door was left open.
11.28. Ramos crashes his pickup into a drain behind the school. Two men from a nearby funeral home hear the accident and run to see what happened. They see Ramos leaping out from the passenger side carrying an AR-15-style rifle and a bag full of ammo. The men run away, frightened and Ramos shoots without hitting them. One of the men falls to the ground but they both return to the funeral home. A panicked teacher walks out of school and calls 911, the emergency number.
11.30. 911 receives a call communicating the incident and the presence of a man with a gun at school.
11.31. Ramos starts shooting at the school from the parking lot, as police cars start arriving at the funeral home. Ramos makes his way around the school building. The school district police officer on duty that day was not on campus at the time, contrary to what was previously reported. The officer goes to the school immediately upon receiving the 911 call and approaches a person at the back of the school, thinking he was the gunman. As the officer ran towards the man, who turned out to be a teacher, he drove right next to the suspect that he was crouched behind a vehicle, Public Safety Director McCraw explained.
11.32. Ramos fires multiple shots towards the school and then heads for the open door.
11.33. Five minutes after crashing with the pickup, Ramos enters the school and starts shooting at two adjacent classrooms, 111 and 112. He fires more than 100 shots.
11.35. Three local police officers enter the school through the same door used by Ramos, followed by four other officers. There are therefore a total of seven agents inside the building. Two of them suffer are injured by Ramos, which causes bruises.
11.37. Shooting continues, another 16 rounds in total, McCraw says: unclear who fired them.
11.51. A police sergeant and other law enforcement officers arrive: 21 minutes have passed since the first 911 call.
12.03. A woman calls 911 and whispers that she is in room 112. The call lasts 1 minute and 23 seconds.
12.03. The agents continue to enter the school, in the corridor next to the room where Ramos is holed up, 19 agents are found.
12.06. Anne Marie Espinoza, spokesperson for the Uvalde Independent School District, posts a post on the district’s Facebook page: All campuses are in lockdown. Uvalde School District Parents: Please be aware that all campuses are currently in lockdown due to gunshots fired in the area. Students and staff are safe in the buildings, which are in lockdown. Your cooperation is needed at this time: do not come to campus. As soon as the lockdown is lifted, you will be notified. Thanks for collaboration!.
12.10. The woman who called 911 at 12.03 calls again and says there are more deaths. She calls back at 12.13 and then again at 12.16, when she says there are between 8 and 9 students alive.
12.10. The first group of federal agents from Del Rio’s US Marshals Service arrive from over 11o kilometers away to assist other law enforcement officers already on site.
12.15. Border Patrol tactical squad members arrive with protective shields.
12.19. Another girl in room 111 calls 911 but she ends the call when a partner tells her to hang up.
12.21. Ramos shoots again and the agents believe he is at the door of one of the adjacent classrooms. The police are moving along the corridor.
12.21. Three shots are heard during a 911 call. Right now, the police are stuck in the corridor because both classroom doors are closed and they are forced to look for the keys from a school employee.
12.36. A child calls 911 for 21 seconds. At the same time, a girl calls the emergency number and is told to stay on the line and remain silent. She shot the door, says the girl.
12.43. The girl urges the 911 operator: Please send the police right away.
12.46. The girl says she can hear the police next door.
12.47. The girl turns to the 911 operator again: Send the police right away, please.
12.50. The agents open the doors with the keys of a school employee, enter the classroom and kill Ramos, who greets them by surprisingly emerging from a closet and firing at them. Shots are heard during the 911 call: an hour and 7 minutes since the attacker entered the school, an hour and 20 minutes since 911 received the first call from a teacher, an hour and 50 minutes since the 18-year-old shot his grandmother and the police were alerted by the neighbor.
12.51. The officers can be heard moving the children out of the classroom.
12.58. Law enforcement radio conversations claim Ramos was killed and the siege over, says Victor Escalon, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.