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Shooting response under scrutiny as Biden plans visit

Victor Escalon, regional director for the Department of Public Safety South Texas, spoke about an investigation into the shooting in Uvalde, Tex., on May 24. (Video: AP)

UVALDE, Tex. — With criticism of law enforcement’s response mounting, state authorities revised their account of this week’s massacre at an elementary school and said officers struggled for about an hour to enter the fourth-grade classroom where a gunman opened fire.

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The shooter was “not confronted by anybody” as he walked into Robb Elementary School, a regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said at a news conference Thursday, contradicting officials’ earlier statements that an officer “engaged” the shooter beforehand. Officers arrived four minutes after the gunman entered the school, the regional director said, but remained outside the classroom until a heavily armed tactical team arrived about an hour in.

President Biden will travel to Texas on Sunday to meet with victims’ families. Former president Donald Trump will headline a forum at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston on Friday, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is also scheduled to speak.

Here’s what else to know

  • Video, official statements and emergency line audio provide a timeline of how 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement fatally shot him.
  • Among the victims of the shooting: a teaching team, a 10-year-old who loved TikTok dance videos, and a fourth-grader who had just made the honor roll.
  • Singer-songwriter Don McLean is among a wave of performers dropping out of the National Rifle Association’s upcoming convention.
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) on Thursday called on the FBI to investigate conflicting reports from state authorities about the school shooting, including an “uncounted” block of time.