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Over the weekend, it was revealed that Uvalde police officers didn’t attempt to open the door to the two classrooms where children were trapped during a May 24 shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
A law enforcement source close to the investigation told the San Antonio Express-News that due to a possible malfunction with door locks inside the building, the doors to the classrooms where shooter Salvador Ramos killed nearly two dozen people may have been unlocked the entire time officers were inside the building, and that officers didn’t try to open the door earlier in the standoff.
Ramos entered Robb Elementary at 11:33am through an outer door that was shut by a teacher but failed to automatically lock, despite its design. Ramos proceeded to classrooms 111 and 112, which are connected with a door in between. Investigators believe the shooter didn’t lock the doors to these classrooms from the inside and that they were likely unlocked the whole time due to malfunction.
The doors, according to the source, are designed in such a way that they lock automatically from the inside, requiring a key to open from the outside.
After the three initial police quickly retreated without trying to open the doors after being shot at by Ramos, Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, said he spent over an hour in the hallway of the school trying dozens of keys from a custodian.
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