Texas House committee releases Uvalde shooting report

By Maureen Chowdhury and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:45 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022
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7:15 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Families of Uvalde victims are meeting with Texas House investigative committee members

From CNN's Matt Friedman and Rosa Flores

Ater receiving the Texas House investigative committee's preliminary report on the Robb Elementary School shooting, victims' families are meeting with members of the investigative committee, sources with knowledge of the proceedings tell CNN.

The school district superintendent and other school staff were denied entry to the meeting by several families, according to one source, who described the meeting as "brutal ... a lot of emotion."

 

4:00 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Robb Elementary had "recurring problems with maintaining its doors and locks," report finds

Robb Elementary School had "recurring problems with maintaining its doors and locks," according to the preliminary conclusions from a Texas House investigative committee's report on the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde.

"In particular the locking mechanism to Room 111 was widely known to be faulty, yet it was not repaired," the report said.

"Robb Elementary had a culture of noncompliance with safety policies requiring doors to be kept locked, which turned out to be fatal," the report said.

4:30 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Family members of Uvalde school shooter "uniformly refused to buy guns for him," report says

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

This photo released by the Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, shows the gunman's rifles. The rifle on the left was used at Robb.
This photo released by the Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, shows the gunman's rifles. The rifle on the left was used at Robb. (Texas House Investigative Committee)

A preliminary report by the Texas House committee investigating the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre outlined information that was available about the shooter, Salvador Ramos.

According to the report, the shooter had an "unstable home life," including a mother struggling with substance abuse issues and and no father figure. The shooter's family "moved often and lived in relative poverty."

Family members of the shooter knew that he was estranged from his mother and that leading up to his 18th birthday, "he asked for help in making straw gun purchases which would have been illegal."

Family members "uniformly refused to buy guns for him," the report stated.

Ramos also "struggled academically throughout his schooling," the report said, adding that though he had “few disciplinary issues," the school made “no meaningful intervention” before he was involuntary withdrawn for poor academic performance and excessive absences.

Some of the shooter's social media contacts received messages from the shooter about guns suggesting he was going to “do something” they would be hearing about in the news

Finally, the report suggests that some social media users may have reported the shooter's "threatening behavior" to social media platforms that "appear to have not done anything in response."

4:25 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Robb Elementary School lockdown likely delayed by "poor Wi-Fi connectivity," report says

A stretcher is readied outside the school on May 24.
A stretcher is readied outside the school on May 24. (Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News)

The Texas House investigative committee probing the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre reached the preliminary conclusion that "not all teachers received timely notice of the lockdown," according to a copy of the report reviewed by CNN.

"Poor Wi-Fi connectivity in Robb Elementary likely delayed the lockdown alert," and not all teachers received the alert immediately, according to the report.

The report said the school intercom wasn't used to communicate during the lockdown. "As a result, not all teachers received timely notice of the lockdown."

The committee said it believes the report is "the most compelling telling to date."

"Some aspects of these interim findings may be disputed or disproven in the future," the authors of the report noted.

3:05 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Uvalde shooting report released to media

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Anna-Maja Rappard

A preliminary report by a Texas House investigative committee on the Uvalde school massacre that left 21 dead, has been officially released to the media more than a month after the group began its search for answers.

The report was made available to victims' families Sunday morning.

3:29 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Texas House committee releases 77-minute surveillance video of Uvalde shooting response

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

(Texas House Investigative Committee)
(Texas House Investigative Committee)

Surveillance video from the hallway of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and some body camera angles showing the law enforcement response to the May 24 mass shooting has been released by the Texas House investigative committee. 

The video is the same as what CNN has already aired as obtained by the Austin American-Statesman with two key differences — the official video contains no audio, and begins after the gunman has already entered the classrooms.

3:20 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

One parent reacts to Uvalde investigation with skepticism: "We're not gonna get the truth"

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Vincent Salazar, grandfather of victim Layla Salazar, holds up his copy of the report and speaks with reporters on Sunday.
Vincent Salazar, grandfather of victim Layla Salazar, holds up his copy of the report and speaks with reporters on Sunday.  (Lisa Krantz for CNN)

One parent is reacting to the Texas House investigative committee's initial report into the Uvalde mass shooting with skepticism. 

“We’re not gonna get the truth, because there is coverup. Everyone is covering everybody under the bus,” said Vincent Salazar, whose daughter Layla was among the children killed in the massacre. “The only ones that ain’t under the bus is because they’re six feet in the ground now, at that’s our children and the two teachers," he said.

Salazar spoke with reporters Sunday morning when he picked up the report from Southwest Texas Junior College but said he will not attend the meeting for family members later today.

2:51 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Uvalde mayor to speak at news conference following report release

From CNN's Rosa Flores & Anna-Maja Rappard

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin speaks during a news conference held by Governor Greg Abbott on May 27.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin speaks during a news conference held by Governor Greg Abbott on May 27. (Veronica G. Cardenas/Reuters)

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin is expected to address the media in a news conference Sunday afternoon, following the release of the Texas House investigative committee's interim report on the school massacre, the city of Uvalde tells CNN.

2:46 p.m. ET, July 17, 2022

Uvalde report says 376 responders from various agencies were on scene the day of the massacre

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Law enforcement officials stand outside the school following the shooting. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been assisting local police with the investigation.
Law enforcement officials stand outside the school following the shooting. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been assisting local police with the investigation. (Dario Lopez-Mills/AP)

Citing information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas House Uvalde massacre report publicly accounts for the breakdown of responders by agency.

Of the 376 responders, 149 were from the United States Border Patrol, 14 were from the Department of Homeland Security, and 91 were from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the report outlines.

The report also states that 25 responders were from Uvalde Police Department, 16 were from San Antonio Police Department (SWAT), and 16 were from the Uvalde County Sheriff's Office.

The report does not itemize when each of these responding officials arrived on site.