Texas authorities issued a mea culpa on Friday. They admitted that the police had made a mistake by not quickly entering the building. The police took around an hour to end the massacre on Tuesday, despite numerous calls from children requesting intervention. The border police had 19 agents present and were waiting to be assisted by a special unit.
The shooter Salvador Ramos was just 18 years old when he entered the room and locked the children in. The shooter entered the room and closed the door. He then opened fire on the children. Samuel Salinas (10 year old survivor) told ABC News that he did this before entering.
"I believe he was aiming for me," said the child. However, a chair placed between the child and the shooter prevented the bullet from hitting him.
Samuel Salinas tried to "play dead" in the bloody room.
Miah Cerrillo (11 years old) tried to avoid Salvador Ramos's attention in the same manner. CNN unfilmed testimony: The girl covered herself with the blood of her comrade who was lying next to her. After saying "goodnight" to her, she had just witnessed the teenager shoot her teacher.
Daniel, another student, said to the Washington Post that the victims waited for police to arrive and rescue them. However, no one shouted.
"I was afraid and stressed because the bullets nearly hit me.
His teacher was also injured but survived the attack and whispered to his students to "stay calm" as he urged them to remain still.
Another child was also shot by a bullet. She had asked her teacher to call police because she was "bleeding very badly." Daniel, who cannot sleep alone and suffers from nightmares, said that Daniel is now unable to sleep. Briana Ruiz, her mother, said that the children who survived are "traumatized and will have to live with it all their lives."
Samuel Salinas said that he also had nightmares in which he saw a shooter. It is still frightening to think about going back to school or seeing your friends. He said that he was not looking forward to going back to school, and added that he wanted "to stay home" and "rest."
These testimony only added to the controversy surrounding the police's response. When reporters pressed him to explain his much-criticized response, Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, stated that law enforcement believed there were "no more survivors".
The day's figures: 1857 The number of bullets that Uvalde's teenage killer bought. An 18-year-old cannot buy a single bullet because of a law. You can buy AR-15s or cartridge magazines. HAS
McCraw stated that the police received many calls from people living in the affected classrooms. One was from a child at 12.16 pm, which was more than 30 minutes before McCraw intervened at 12.50. McCraw warned that "eight to nine" students were still alive.
The President of the United States, Jill Biden, and his wife will travel to Uvalde on Sunday to "share the grief" of those who were affected by the horrific shootings. The Democratic president has repeatedly decried the "epidemic of gun violence" but has failed to pass comprehensive gun control legislation.