The teenage madman who slaughtered 19 kids and two teachers in a Texas school spent more than 40 minutes inside as witnesses desperately urged police to charge into the building, it was revealed Wednesday.
Salvador Ramos barricaded himself inside the classroom before opening fire on students and teachers inside. Border Patrol agents finally breached the door about 40 minutes to an hour later when a staff member gave them a key.
Now the father of one of the dead children is blaming officers at the scene for not acting sooner to stop the gunman.
Jacinto Cazares raced to Robb Elementary School when he heard about the shooting and arrived while police were still gathered outside.
While he anxiously watched the officers standing outside his daughter’s school, he suggested storming into the school building himself along with other civilian bystanders.
“’Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,’” he said he told other onlookers. “More could have been done.”
“There was at least 40 lawmen armed to the teeth but didn’t do a darn thing [until] it was far too late,” Cazares, the father of 10-year-old victim Jackie Cazares, told ABC News.
A witness who lived across the street from the elementary school said onlookers begged officers outside the school to do something as gunfire rang out inside the building.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers who did not go inside, 24-year-old Juan Carranza said.
Local police, state police and 80 Border Patrol officers swarmed to the scene. Four of the 80 Border Patrol officers entered the school building and killed Ramos, according to a Customs and Border Protection official.
Carranza felt the officers should have entered the school sooner.