A girl visits a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside the Uvalde County Courthouse in Texas on May 28, 2022.

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A girl visits a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside the Uvalde County Courthouse in Texas on May 28, 2022.

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The Justice Department said on Sunday that it would conduct a review of the police response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of the city’s mayor, Don McLaughlin.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing will conduct the review and publish a report with its findings after the review concludes, the department said.

The department’s announcement came as President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde five days after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history unfolded there.

The attack at Robb Elementary School left 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers dead – and a community in shock. Grieving residents continue to bring fresh wreaths and flowers to the site of the shooting.

In Uvalde, the Bidens were scheduled to meet with victims’ families and community leaders. Shortly after their arrival in Texas, the president rode to Robb Elementary, where he and the first lady visited a makeshift memorial to the victims to pay their respects.

The president arrived in Uvalde less than two weeks after he traveled to Buffalo to meet with the families of victims of another mass shooting there, which left 10 people dead after a racist attack at a supermarket.

Speaking from the White House on Tuesday in the hours after the Uvalde attack, the president made an urgent call for action on gun safety.

“As a nation we have to ask, ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?'” Biden said. “When in God’s name are we going to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”



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