UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — A girl survivor of a Texas elementary school massacre said she covered herself in a friend’s blood and pretended to be dead while waiting for help to arrive.
Miah Cerrillo, 11, told Nation World News that she and a friend called 911 on a dead teacher’s phone Tuesday and waited what seemed like three hours for officers to arrive at Robb Elementary School in New York. Uvalde.
The assailant Salvador Ramos, 18, was inside the school for more than an hour before he was shot dead by Border Patrol tactical agents. That’s according to senior police officials who revealed new details Thursday about a confusing and sometimes contradictory period of time that has angered and frustrated parents and bystanders demanding police enter the school.
Children who survived the attack, which killed 19 students and two teachers, described how what would have been an end-of-the-school-year holiday quickly turned into a day of terror.
Samuel Salinas, 10, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he and other students pretended to be dead after Ramos opened fire on the class. Samuel was hit by a shrapnel in the thigh.
“He shot the teacher and then the boys,” said Samuel, who was in Irma García’s class. Garcia died in the attack and her husband, Joe Garcia, died Thursday of what appears to be a heart attack.
Gemma Lopez, 10, was in a room down the hall when Ramos entered the building. She told “Good Morning America” that a bullet penetrated the wall of her classroom before a full lockdown was declared.
Her best friend, Amerie Garza, was one of the victims of the massacre.