Notes written by Texas Governor Greg Abbott support his claim that he was initially given an inaccurate account of the police response to the Uvalde school shooting.
Abbott said he hand wrote the notes, obtained by ABC 13 Investigates, based on a timeline he was given by authorities immediately before his first press conference after the mass shooting.
During that press conference, Abbott inaccurately told the public that cops had engaged with the gunman immediately upon arriving at the school.
Abbott later said he was ‘livid’ that he had given the false timeline by authorities before that press conference.
The notes from that pad corroborate his claims that he was initially mislead by authorities.
Abbot’s handwritten notes that he read from during his first press conference after the mass shooting at Uvalde
Abbott at a May 27 press conference where he claimed that authorities initially gave him a false account of the events of the shooting
The timeline Abbott wrote on the pad details an account of the events of May 24, when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos showed up at the Robb Elementary School and gunned down 19 students and two teachers.
‘GM shot in face’ is scrawled in blue ink at the top of the page, ‘She contacted police’ follows on the next line.
Abbott’s notes then state that the gunman had an accident – referring to Ramos crashing a truck outside the elementary school – and then approached the school on foot.
The next line then inaccurately states that ‘ISD approached gunman + engaged’ before he enters the school and begins his massacre.
Police pursued a teacher who they believed was the gunman when they arrived at the school, but they did not exchange gunfire with anybody.
A page from Abbott’s handwritten notes that he read from at his first press conference after the Uvalde shooting
The notes then detail Ramos’ movements through the school after his entry, before breezing over time that police waited outside the school and stating ‘Border Patrol, ISD officers, police, Sheriffs, and DPR converged on classroom,’ and then ‘BP officer killed the gunman’ on the last lines.
The notes make no mention of the more than an hour of time that police waited outside of the school.
After the Texas Department of Public Safety corrected the account of events Abbott had given the public at his first press conference, the governor shifted blame on his gaff to authorities, saying he was ‘livid’ he had been provided false information.
‘I was misled. I am livid about what happened,’ Abbott said at a press conference on May 27, ‘I was on this very stage two days ago and I was telling the public information that had been told to me in a room just a few yards behind where we’re located right now.’
‘It was a recitation of what people in that room told me, whether it be law enforcement officials or non-law enforcement officials, whatever the case may be and as everybody has learned, the information that I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate and I’m absolutely livid about that.’
Corroboration that Abbott was given false information comes as Texas authorities have come under fire over their response to the shooting, and for their scattered accounts to the public about what happened that day.
Uvalde Independent School District Police chief Peter Arredondo has been the focus of outrage, after it was revealed that he was the individual who gave the order for police not to enter the school for over an hour while Ramos was still inside.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin extended the city’s declaration of a local state of disaster at an emergency city council meeting on Tuesday afternoon
Embattled police chief Peter Arredondo, who has been fingered as the man who told officers not to enter the room where the Salvador Ramos, 18, was holed up with students on May 24
Arredondo believed that the 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Ramos, was barricaded alone inside the building, and waited over an hour before breaching the classrooms.
Arredondo also reportedly stopped cooperating with investigators after the shooting.
While answering questions from reporters on June 7, Mayor Don McLaughlin said that he was being frozen out of investigations into the shooting, but expressed that he had confidence in Texas authorities.
‘Let me be clear, I have the utmost confidence in Texas rangers,’ he said.
But McLaughlin refused to answer questions about whether he had confidence in Arredondo.
‘I’m not going to speak for Pete Arredondo,’ he said, ‘He’ll have to speak for himself. I’m not going to go there.’
Law enforcement at the perimeter of the Robb Elementary School after the mass shooting on May 24