Who is Felix Rubio? Video shows Uvalde police restraining cop who tried to save daughter
Rubio's daughter, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10, was one of the 19 children who were slaughtered by Salvador Ramos
UVALDE, TEXAS: In shocking footage from the Uvalde massacre day, Uvalde County Sheriff's deputy Felix Rubio is seen being restrained as officers failed to stop gunman Salvador Ramos. The video reveals how easily Ramos walked into the school and murdered 19 children and two teachers. Rubio's daughter, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10, was one of the children who were slaughtered.
Rubio is seen being physically restrained as several law enforcement agencies start to engage Ramos. An officer is seen stepping across Rubio -- who is crying and gesticulating -- and use hand sanitizer. The video, first obtained by The Austin-American Statesman, shows police stalled in the hallway for 77 minutes, checking and phones and escaping gunfire. Salvador Ramos went on to barricade himself inside a classroom and slaughter 21 people.
Who is Felix Rubio?
Rubio, an Iraq war veteran, and his wife, Kimberly, became advocates for gun reform in the aftermath of the massacre in which their daughter, called Lexi, was brutally gunned down. In an interview with CNN later, Rubio said, "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."
As the video begins, Ramos can be seen driving his car around a corner and crashing into a ditch. As two men approach the car, he fires at them. The men are seen running to escape Ramos. A teacher is heard telling a 911 operator two minutes later, "I do not see him. I cannot see him." "The kids are running. Oh my God," she adds. Ramos fires off random rounds from the parking lot towards the school shortly after that. The teacher instructs the students to "get down, get in your rooms, get in your rooms."
The camera then switches towards Ramos, who walks into the school carrying an AR-15. This particular footage of Ramos sauntering into the school was captured by a witness. The next footage shows Ramos entering the hallway, stopping on his way to check if he is going the right way. He subsequently entered classrooms 111 and 112, where the shooting took place.
A young boy comes into the shot from the four ground, stands frozen for a few seconds before gunfire is heard. He is then seen running. The first police officers arrive on the scene three minutes later. Two uniformed cops and one in plain clothes are seen crouching in the hallway after trying to approach the classrooms. Four other cops calmly stay back, talking to each other.
The two officers who charged towards the classroom are seen moving behind a wall to protect themselves, and one of them even checks his phone. The first heavy reinforcements arrive 19 minutes after the first one tried to engage Ramos. More officers wearing combat gear, and armed with long guns and ballistic shields arrive more than an hour after the 911 call went in. However, the officers do not try to engage Ramos. Ramos fires more rounds 48 minutes after first arriving at the school. Officers finally breach the classroom and engage Ramos, killing him 77 minutes after the incident began.
so let me get this straight. Uvalde officers were inside within 5 minutes, stood around for over an hour, made sure to get HAND SANITIZER… while still hearing rounds being fired & the kids screaming?— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) July 12, 2022
What the FUCK are we doing here?? This is revolting.
Meanwhile, new revelations in the case have suggested that two police officers missed their chance at possibly saving the lives of the 19 children and two teachers who were brutally slaughtered by Salvador Ramos. Ramos, 18, was reportedly spotted with a rifle by an officer before he entered Elementary School. The officer radioed for permission to shoot, but reportedly never got an answer. When the officer asked the supervisor for permission to open fire, the supervisor "either did not hear or responded too late." The officer turned around to see that Ramos had already gone inside "unabated". A report released by Texas State University said another responding officer failed to stop Ramos as he was walking in the parking lot, towards the school. The officer reportedly sped past the shooter at a "high rate of speed" and missed him armed with a rifle.
According to their findings, it appeared as though no officer waiting in the hallway during the massacre tested to check if the door to the classroom was locked. It also found that when officers finally entered the classroom, over an hour after the shooting began, they were not equipped well enough to confront the gunman. It appeared as though "effective incident command" was never established among the various law enforcement agencies that responded to the shooting.
Police have faced sharp criticism for allegedly failing to stop the shooting quickly enough and come to the victims' rescue on time. In fact, a victim bled to death as she waited for police to come to the rescue, a first-responder allegedly told her mother. The child reportedly waited for nearly an hour for cops to arrive, but eventually succumbed to her injuries possibly because of the delay. The first-responder reportedly claimed her child may have lived if the police had been quicker. It was reported that they did not breach the school for more than 90 minutes after arriving on the campus where Salvador Ramos was ruthlessly killing the children.
One cop, Pete Arredondo, 50, especially came under fire. Arredondo was slammed after he reportedly held back officers from breaching a classroom at Robb Elementary school and confronting Salvador Ramos, who killed 21 people before he was gunned down. Pete reportedly held officers back because he “believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject." He apparently thought the children were not at risk. Ramos was shot dead by a hero off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit. The agent killed Ramos before his evil rampage could claim more lives.