- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claimed he was lied to by his law enforcement agencies.
- He claimed that responding agencies fed him partially "inaccurate information."
- He added that he was "livid." The agencies who responded to the scene have changed the story a dozen times.
During a press conference in Uvalde on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed that law enforcement officials who responded to the scene of the Robb Elementary School shooting provided him with inaccurate information.
"Yes. I was misled. I am livid about what happened," Abbott said. "The information I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate, and I am absolutely livid about that."
He claimed that partially false information he may have shared was just a "recitation" of his handwritten notes from early briefings after the shooting.
Local and state law enforcement agencies who responded to the shooting have changed their timeline of events at least twelve times since Tuesday, orchestrating a slow, at times conflicting flow of information about the tragic shooting, according to an Insider review of statements.
"It is inexcusable that they may have suffered from any inaccurate information whatsoever," Abbott said of the families.
The gunman killed 19 students and 2 teachers during the massacre.
On Tuesday, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo held a short press conference in the wake of the shooting, sharing minimal information and saying there were "some deaths."
Arredondo was the on-scene commander during the shooting. In a second press conference, he shared that the shooter was "deceased," but offered no details on the victims of the shooting.
In press conferences held on Thursday and Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw offered new details that sometimes conflicted and eventually clarified key details of what happened – and what information might have been withheld.
McCraw said on Friday that Arredondo made the decision to classify the ongoing massacre at the school as a "barricaded subject," even as students trapped in a classroom with the shooting suspect begged 911 to send police into the school.
"The on-scene commander at that time believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject," McCraw said. "He was convinced at the time that there was no more threat to the children."
Officials have yet to clarify why Arredondo allegedly made the decision not to breach the locked classroom with the team of 19 officers that had entered the school's hallway.
"From the benefit of hindsight, where I'm sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. Period," McCraw said. "There were children in that classroom that were at risk and it was in fact still an active shooter situation and not a barricaded subject."
DPS also later shared that more than an hour passed from when the gunman entered the school until when he was shot and killed.
New details included that the gunman shot at people for 12 minutes outside the school, and that a school resource officer didn't confront the shooter but drove past him and mistakenly confronted a teacher instead.