Uvalde police’s response was delayed by ‘scrambling’ for tools to open the steel door, Rep. Gonzales said
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While in the field in Uvalde, Texas, Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, told “Fox News Live” on Saturday he spoke to an injured officer who told him that response units police were “jostling” for a tool to open the school gate to get to the shooter. He learned that the locked steel door only opened outward, “not inward”, which made it harder to break.
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REPRESENTING. TONY GONZALES: I spoke directly to one of the first officers who initiated the situation. And he caught fire, he got hurt, and what they were telling me, ’cause I’m like, ‘Hey, why didn’t you come in earlier? Explain this to me. And he goes, ‘Look, here’s the deal, Tony. It was a steel door and it was locked. And it would go outward, not inward. Which means I would have to open it with a tin can. He says, “We didn’t have those kinds of tools. We rushed to find him.
There was actually a game warden who had a crowbar and a hammer that they ended up going, eventually they found a key. But what I mean is these people wanted to enter as fast as they could. They were their children. They were their neighbors.
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