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(UVALDE, Texas) — A Robb Elementary School employee triggered an internal alert system less than a minute before a gunman entered the building in Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire, according to the company that manufactures the warning system.
The alert was initiated using a security app on the employee’s cellphone at 11:32:26 a.m. on May 24, a company spokesperson, Raptor Technologies, confirmed on Friday. at ABC News. That was two minutes after the first 911 call, according to law enforcement’s schedule.
The shooter entered the school at 11:33 a.m., according to Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The employee pressed a “lock” button and a button that warned of an active shooter, according to Raptor Technologies. The system then sent emails, text messages and cell phone alarms to other school employees.
Robb Elementary School posted on Facebook at 11:43 a.m. that the campus had been locked “due to gunfire in the area.”
Safety enforcement information, first reported by The New York Times, helps answer initial questions about whether the school adopted any of its emergency protocols when faced with an armed man on the property.
A teacher who saw the shooter approaching the school armed with a gun called 911 and closed a door to the school which for some reason did not lock, said authorities. Law enforcement is investigating why the door didn’t lock, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to ABC News.
The shooter entered the school through the unlocked door, entered a classroom and opened fire using an AR-15 type rifle, ultimately killing 19 students and two teachers, it said. authorities.
The suspected shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the scene.
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