Mother of girl shot dead in Uvalde massacre whose cop father was seen being held back in hallway says leaked footage ‘broke me’: ‘The world sees a person shooting into an obscured door. I see him murdering my 10-year-old daughter’
- The footage, which was leaked to a local news outlet Tuesday and mutes the sound of kids screaming, showed cops’ cowardly response to the May shooting
- Among those killed was 10-year-old Lexi Rubio, whose father, Uvalde Sheriff Deputy Felix Rubio, was one of dozens of officers told not engage the shooter
- On Tuesday, hours after the footage spread like wildfire across the internet, Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, criticized the leak, saying it left her distraught
The mother of a girl shot dead in the Uvalde school shooting while her cop husband was restrained at the scene has slammed leaked security footage of the incident, saying it should not have been released before parents had the chance to see it.
The footage, which was leaked to a local news outlet Tuesday and mutes the sound of kids screaming, showed cops’ cowardly response to the May 24 shooting, waiting outside a classroom for 77 minutes as a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at kids inside.
Thee attack saw the lives of 19 students and two teachers – all inside the classroom at the time – snuffed out.
Among those killed was 10-year-old Lexi Rubio, whose father, Uvalde County Sheriff Deputy Felix Rubio, was one of dozens of officers told by school district police to not engage the shooter, forced to wait outside as shots and screams rang out.
On Tuesday, hours after the footage spread like wildfire across the internet, Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, criticized the leak, saying the video left her distraught and that parents should have been notified before its release.
Kimberly Rubio, The mother of a ten-year-old Lexi Rubio, who was killed while her cop husband was restrained at the scene, has slammed leaked security footage of the incident, saying it should not have been released before parents had the chance to see it
‘The world sees a person shooting into an obscured door,’ Kimberly wrote in the first in a series of posts reacting to the video, which was obtained and released by the The Austin American-Statesman.
‘I see, hear him murdering my 10-year-old daughter, and her classmates,’ she went on, referring to gunman Salvador Ramos. ‘How much pain is one person expected to endure?’
On Wednesday she said that the footage ‘broke her.’
‘To the person that leaked that footage, congratulations,’ she wrote. ‘You broke me.’
‘But, over the last few weeks, I’ve learned I can pick up the pieces. The image might be a little different but underneath it, there I am,’ the mourning mother added, signing the emotional appeal, ‘Lexi’s mom.’
Close to the end of the stand off, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy Felix Rubio, bottom right, is shown being restrained by brother officers from engaging Ramos
Ramos’ daughter, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10, was one of the 19 children who were killed on May 24
Leaked footage shows how cops in Uvalde, Texas , stalled in the hallway, checked their phones, used hand sanitizer and ran away from the gunfire at the school as Ramos fired more than 100 rounds at children
Leaked surveillance footage shows Salvador Ramos, 18, sauntering through the halls of Robb Elementary School on May 24 carrying an AR-15
This photo of Kimberly and Felix with their daughter was taken just hours before crazed gunman Salvador Ramos began his rampage
During the video, Rubio can be seen looking on helplessly, crying and gesticulating. At one point, a second officer has to help to restrain him.
As multiple law enforcement agencies finally to engage Ramos, an officer who stays back steps across a physically restrained Rubio to use hand sanitizer.
Rubio’s daughter, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, was one of the 19 children and two teachers killed during the vicious attack. She went by Lexi and was 10.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Rubio, an Iraq war veteran, and his wife, Kimberly, became advocates for gun reform. They were with their daughter just hours before she was killed at an awards ceremony at the school.
Felix said in a tear-filled interview with CNN just days after the attack: ‘All I can hope is that she’s just not a number. This is enough. No one else needs to go through this. We never needed to go through this, but we are.’
The leaked video was first obtained by The Austin-American Statesman. As many had predicted, it demonstrates how police in Uvalde failed the victims and their families on that day.
During the clip, a disclaimer appears reading: ‘Editor’s note: The sound of children screaming has been removed. Authorities say more than 100 rounds were fired.’
As he begins to disappear down a wide hallway, he drops his gun by his side to brush back his long hair en route to classrooms 111 and 112 where the massacre unfolded
Ramos begins to disappear out of the view of the camera. This is the last time we see him in the leaked footage
The first officers who arrived on the scene just minutes after Ramos, initially attempted to charge the classroom
A minute-by-minute break down of how cops waited outside class while kids called 911 after gunman walked through door that had been propped open by a teacher
11.28am: Gunman crashes truck, gets out of car with AR-15. He is seen by witnesses in a funeral home next to the school who tell 911 they see a man with a gun walking towards the school
11.31: Gunman is now in the parking lot of the school hiding in between vehicles, shooting at the building
11.32: School resource officer who arrives in a patrol car after hearing 911 call about truck crash drives past the shooter
11.33: Gunman enters the school and begins shooting into room 111/room 112. He shoots more than 100 rounds
11.35: Three police officers enter the same propped-open door as the suspect from the Uvalde PD. They were later followed by another four, making total of seven officers on scene. Three initial officers went directly to the door and got grazing wounds from him while the door was closed. They hang back
11.37: Another 16 rounds fired inside the classroom by the gunman
11.51: Police sergeant and USB agents arrive
12.03: Officers continue to arrive in the hallway. As many as 19 officers in that hallway at that time. At the same time, a girl from inside the classroom calls 911 and whispers that she is in room 112
12.10pm: The same girl calls back and advises ‘there are multiple dead’
12.13pm: The same girl calls again
12.16pm: The same girl calls 911 for the fourth time in 13 minutes asking for help
12.15pm: BORTAC (SWAT) members arrive with shields
12.16pm: The same unidentified girl calls 911 and says there are ‘8-9 students alive’ in classroom 112
12.19pm: A different child from classroom 111 calls. She hangs up when another student tells her to in order to be quiet
12.21pm: Gunman fires again
12.26pm: One of the girls who previously called 911 calls back again. She says the shooter has just ‘shot at the door’
12.43pm: The girl on that girl is still on the line. She says ‘please send the police now’
12.50pm: Police finally breach the door using keys from the janitor and kill gunman
12.51pm Officers start moving children out of the room
The footage has been the source of political debate at the highest levels with Texas. Governor Greg Abbott, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and Rep. Dustin Burrows, who leads the Texas House investigative committee inquiry into the shooting, calling for the release of the video.
Ramos entered the school at 11:33am, and wasn’t shot dead until 12:50pm.
The gunman wasn’t stopped until Border Patrol agents entered the building and shot and killed him.
Furious parents and relatives of the 19 children and two teachers murdered on May 24 are demanding to know why the 18-year-old gunman was free to continue his rampage as the officers stayed outside the classrooms.
The video begins at 11:28 am from the point of view of a camera in the Robb Elementary School parking lot.
It shows Salvador Ramos violently swerving his car around a corner and crashing into a ditch in the distance. A plume of dusty smoke emerges from the scene of the crash.
Two unknown men approach the car, Ramos responds by firing shots at the them.
The two men run for their lives, across the road and toward Robb Elementary School.
Two minutes later, a teacher is heard telling a 911 operator: ‘I do not see him. I cannot see him.’ The camera switches to a camera pointing at Robb Elementary School. She says: ‘The kids are running. Oh my God.’
Her voice breaks in desperation as she cries: ‘Oh my God.’
Shortly after that, Ramos fires off random rounds at the school from the parking lot.
The teacher instructs the students to ‘get down, get in your rooms, get in your rooms.’
The camera switches again to footage captured by a witness who recorded Ramos calmly walking into the school, carrying an AR-15.
Within the same minute, the camera switches to surveillance video from inside the the hallways of Robb Elementary School.
The light beams from the doorway as Ramos enters an empty hallway.
Before getting to a corner, he stalls for a second as if to check if he’s going the right way.
As he begins to disappear down a wide hallway, he drops his gun by his side to brush back his long hair en route to classrooms 111 and 112 where the massacre unfolded.
From the foreground, a young boy comes into the shot. He turns a corner and stands frozen for a few seconds. Next, loud gunfire his heard.
The boy can be seen running away, with his arms apparently flailing.
A message appears on the screen saying: ‘The gunman fires his AR-15 inside two classrooms for two and a half minutes.’
Three minutes later, the first police officers arrive on the scene, three cops, two uniformed and one plain clothes charge towards the class room before crouching in the hallway as four others calmly stay back.
The four officers who stay back talk to each other. Their conversation is inaudible.
The first ballistic shield that was used by the responding officers is rested against a wall
At one point, the video switches over to picture in picture illustrating just how many officers were there waiting to engage
After 77 minutes, Border Patrol agents could be seen storming into the classroom and are heard opening fire, but still the Uvalde police stand back
The police officer checks his phone while Salvador Ramos’ rampage is ongoing. The officer’s background image shows the pro-police symbol The Punisher
One uniformed officer who stayed back looking forward at his three colleagues attempting to engage Ramos, checks his phone quickly apparently to check the time. That officer is shown to have a wallpaper showing the Marvel Universe character The Punisher.
In the wake of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests across the country in 2020, The Punisher became a symbol for police officers nationwide as part of the Blue Lives Matter movement.
Three loud bangs are then heard.
After they hear gunfire, the two uniformed cops retreat slightly while the plain clothes officer scurries all the way to safety behind a wall, checking his clothes to see if he has been hit by volley of rounds.
One could even be seen pulling his cellphone out of his pocket, apparently to check the time. Others, the Statesman reports, sent texts and looked at floor plans as precious minutes ticked by.
Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) shot and killed 19 students and two teachers while cops held back for over an hour during the Uvalde massacre on May 24
A full 19 minutes after the first officers attempted to engage Ramos, the first heavy reinforcements arrive as cops with long guns, tactical gear and a ballistic shield are shown in the hallway. They remain a safe distance from Ramos.
One officer leans the shield safely against a wall.
A little over half an hour after the 911 call went in, more officers, clad in combat gear, armed with long guns and ballistic shields, pile into the hallway. They do not attempt to engage Ramos.
A picture in picture appears showing a small screen with an officers body camera illustrating the amount of officers with weapons drawn in the hallway, waiting. One officer can be seen busy scrolling on his phone in the body camera footage.
The main pictures show officers in tactical gear forming a barricade of shields in preparation for an attack by Ramos.
Ramos shoots off four more rounds, 48 minutes after first arriving at the school. There is little initial reaction from the assembled members of law enforcement. The phrase: ‘Shots fired’ is repeated.
There is more inaudible conversation as officers finally begin to march down the hallway toward Ramos.
One leading the way appears to be wearing civilian clothing, including shorts and a bullet proof vest. He is armed with a rifle.
The more heavily armored officers hide behind him.
An officer in civilian clothing and bullet proof vest and helmet obtains hand sanitizer from a dispenser.
After more than half an hour, other officers could be seen entering the building with ballistic shields and rifles pointed down the hallway to the classrooms where Ramos is hiding out.
Finally, officers breach the classroom and engage Ramos, quickly killing him. A full 77 minutes after the nightmare began.