State senators are holding a hearing on keeping Texans safe from mass shootings.
A Texas state Senate panel is holding a hearing Tuesday on school safety, police training, and social media in the wake of last month’s deadly school shooting in Uvalde. Among those testifying are Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, whose office is conducting one of multiple investigations into the law enforcement response to the massacre.
On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 students and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School. Police officers arrived on scene almost immediately, but waited 77 minutes before breaching the classroom and killing the gunman. In the aftermath of the shooting, law enforcement officials and politicians offered shifting and at times conflicting narratives about the police response and the timeline of events.
Uvalde school district Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was the incident commander on site, is the lone witness in a separate hearing on the shooting being held Tuesday in executive session by the Texas state House of Representatives.