Texas authorities have admitted police mistakes after the elementary school massacre in the small town of Uvalde that killed 21. They waited too long to storm the classroom where the shooter was.

After the devastating school massacre in which 19 children were killed and two teachers were killed, the responsible security authority admitted to making serious mistakes in the operation.

Texas Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said on Friday in the small town of Uvalde, where the shooter was killed, that it was wrong not to break into the classroom earlier where the gunman was holed up with students and teachers caused the bloodbath at an elementary school on Tuesday. “It was the wrong decision. Period,” McCraw said. “There is no excuse for that.”

Police officers had not attempted to storm the classroom

The agency chief said on Friday that 19 police officers were stationed in the hallway outside the classroom early on, but made no attempt to break into the room and stop the shooter. Instead, the decision was made at that moment to wait for special forces. This later turned out to be a misjudgment.

When asked how many children had been shot while waiting and might otherwise have been saved, he said it was still being investigated. “We are not here to defend what happened,” he said. “We are here to state the facts.”