The commander at the scene of the Uvalde, TX, school shooting was not privy to the panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside the building as the massacre unfolded, a Texas state senator says.

Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-District 19), whose district includes Uvalde, said the calls with pleas for help from children inside Robb Elementary School as the shooting was taking place on May 24 were not shared with the Uvalde CISD Chief of Police Pete Arredondo, who was the on-site commander of the response, NBCDFW reports.

Gutierrez said Thursday that the 911 calls were routed through the Uvalde Police Department and that Arredondo was not privy to information about those calls.

A spokesperson for Gutierrez clarified the senator's statements later Thursday afternoon, saying they don't know for certain Arredondo didn't know about the 911 calls only that the dispatches went to city officers and not CISD officers.

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