CNN has put together a timeline of the mass shooting earlier this month at the elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. According to records they’ve reviewed, the cops waited 20 minutes before responding to 911 calls that a shooter was loose in the school.
Here’s an excerpt:
‘Sandy Hook school. Caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building,’ a dispatcher told fire and medical personnel, according to 911 tapes. Police and other first responders arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the first calls.
Meanwhile, two days before the more than two dozen children and adults were killed in that school, a shooting that had the potential to be at least as bloody was stopped at a shopping mall in Oregon, when a young man with a concealed-carry permit used his pistol to stop a man who had opened fire, killing two and wounding another person.
But I suppose we should consider the 20-minute response time to the mass shooting in Connecticut a big improvement. In the infamous Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, the first SWAT cops did not enter the school until 47 minutes after police learned a shooting was underway. Here’s CBS News on that, taken from a report the news organization did 10 years after the incident that included information that had not been known at the time:
“[B]y the time the first SWAT team was assembled and geared up to enter the building, it was 12:06 – 47 minutes after the shooting had begun.”
It was more than three hours before cops had worked their way through the building.
What should commentators in the news media say about cops who took 20 minutes to respond to reports of a mass shooting in an elementary school? Has anyone heard a cable news or talk radio pundit say anything about this? I haven’t.
And has anyone heard much praise among the talking heads for the man who stopped the mall shooter in Oregon? I haven’t but maybe I’ve just missed it.