Joshua Fechter, Texas Tribune

Joshua Fechter, Texas Tribune

Joshua Fechter is the urban affairs reporter for The Texas Tribune, covering policy and politics in Texas' major metropolitan areas. Before joining the Tribune in August 2021, Joshua covered City Hall for the San Antonio Express-News. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Narratives, and blame, shift again as dysfunction engulfs shooting probe

By: , and - June 1, 2022

The official response to the mass shooting at an Uvalde elementary school — a response already marred by shifting narratives, finger-pointing and a general lack of timely and accurate information — took a further turn toward dysfunction on Tuesday. The Uvalde school district’s police chief — who made the decision to wait for more resources […]

“The wrong decision”: Texas DPS says local police made crucial error at school shooting

By: and - May 27, 2022

Texas’ top law enforcement official admitted Friday that police officers made key errors when responding to a shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Police officers did not act sooner to stop the 18-year-old gunman because a supervising officer at the scene wanted to wait for backup […]

Authorities took an hour to stop Uvalde gunman, raising questions about law enforcement response

By: and - May 26, 2022

A gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at a South Texas elementary school walked unopposed onto school grounds, state law enforcement officials said Thursday — and once he was inside, it took police an hour to stop him. In the days after the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, officials with the […]