At least one Texas school shooting victim may have lived if law enforcement acted quicker to stop the assailant who massacred 19 children and two teachers Tuesday.
First responders told one mother her daughter might have survived if the response was faster. The fourth-grader bled to death after being shot in her kidney, the Daily Mail reported.
"Her child had been shot by one bullet through the back through the kidney area," State Sen. Ronald Gutierrez told CNN Sunday morning.
"The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out. In that span of 30 or 40 minutes extra, that little girl might have lived."
The Democrat said "many things went wrong" and that he's "disgusted" by law enforcement's failure to take action.
Uvalde police officers have come under fire for their delayed response to an active shooter inside Robb Elementary school.
Police admitted Thursday officers didn't immediately rush into the school to find gunman Salvador Ramos, 18. Instead, at least nineteen officers waited to in the hallway to respond for over an hour.
Ramos likely shot the children in the first four minutes of his rampage, around 11:40 am But none of them were removed from the building for over an hour, until at least 12:50 pm.
Meanwhile, witnesses and victims, including a little girl who later died, made at least seven calls to 911.
A person can bleed to death in less than five minutes, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.
These mistakes may have led to the death of children, Gutierrez said.
Reports also revealed the officers failed to follow their active shooter response training, which emphasizes a quick response time.
"The short duration and high casualty rates produced by these events require immediate response to reduce the loss of life," reads internal training documents.
"In many cases that immediate response means a single (solo) officer response until such a time as other forces can arrive."
Gutierrez said the state's active shooter protocols were "breached" and that authorities failed to act appropriately.
The shooter was eventually killed by a security team who stormed the school in defiance of police orders to remain outside.
'The whole thing is a shame," Gutierrez said. "I am disgusted by all of it."
The US Department of Justice announced Sunday it will investigate local law enforcement's response to the shooting.
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