A mother of two at Robb Elementary School says US marshals handcuffed her without doing anything to stop the massacre inside the school.
Angeli Rose Gomez was one of many fearful parents and residents of Uvalde, Texas, who gathered outside the school and begged law enforcement to do something, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Gomez, the mother of a second and third grader, said deputies handcuffed her and told her she was interfering with the investigation.
She told the Journal that she was able to convince a couple of local Uvalde police officers to secure her release, then parted ways with the crowd. Gomez said she then jumped a fence around the school, ran inside and pulled her children out of it.
US Marshals denied Gomez’s account in a statement to the Journal.
Gomez is one of many parents who have denounced police officers’ apparent lack of motivation to stop the carnage that left 19 children and two teachers dead Tuesday afternoon. Gomez told the Journal that he also saw police officers throw a father to the ground and pepper-spray another man.
“They didn’t do that to the shooter, but they did it to us. That’s how it felt,” Gomez told the Journal.
After at least 40 minutes, a Border Patrol tactical team stormed the classroom where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was barricaded and shot him dead. Ramos had reportedly already killed everyone in the room.
Several videos showed desperate people outside the school, begging the police officers outside to come in and do something. Instead, the cops continued to circle.
“That’s a big deal,” said former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani. “It is absolutely inappropriate when someone is inside a school for so long, killing young children and adults.”