OUVALD, Texas (AP) — A young survivor of a massacre at an elementary school in Texas said she covered herself with a friend’s blood and pretended to be dead as she waited for help.
Miah Cerrillo, 11, told CNN she and a friend called 911 on Tuesday from her dead teacher’s phone and waited three hours for police to arrive at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
The gunman, Salvador Ramos, 18, was at the school for more than an hour before being shot and killed by Border Patrol tactical officers. That’s according to senior law enforcement officials, who on Thursday provided new details of a confusing and sometimes contradictory timeline, angering and frustrating parents and bystanders who urged police to storm schools.
Mia said she could hear screams and more gunfire as the gunman moved from one room to an adjacent room, before the gunman started playing music.
Children who survived the attack that killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers have described a festive, end-of-school year that quickly turned horrific.
Samuel Salinas, 10, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he and other classmates played dead after Ramos shot the class. Samuel was hit by shrapnel in the thigh.
“He shot the teacher, and then he shot the kids,” said Samuel, who was in Irma Garcia’s class. Garcia died in the attack, and her husband, Joe Garcia, died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday.
Gemma Lopez, 10, was in a classroom downstairs when Ramos entered the building. She told Good Morning America that a bullet went through the walls of her classroom before any lockdown was announced.
Her best friend Amerie Garza was killed in the atrocity.
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