Uvalde, United States:
New traumatic accounts of the ordeal of survivors of the Texas school shooting surfaced on Saturday, sparking public outrage over the genocide as the deeply wounded city prepared for U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit on Sunday.
Spooky tales told by young students forced to play the dead as a heavily armed gunman played a systematic game – killing 19 students and two teachers – underscored by details of the police’s slow response during the drama.
Ten-year-old Samuel Salinas was sitting in his fourth-grade classroom when the shooter, later identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, entered with an icy announcement: “You will all die.”
Then he “just started shooting,” Salinas told ABC News.
Texas authorities admitted late Friday that 19 police officers had been in the school hallway for more than an hour without acting, thinking the gunman had finished his murder.
Steven McCrae, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said, “From the perspective of insight … it was the wrong decision, the timing.”
Ramos, who was carrying two assault-style rifles, was eventually killed by police.
Survivors of Uvalade described his desperate, whispered request for help on a 911 phone call during the attack. Many have played Dead to avoid the shooter’s attention.
Eleven-year-old Mia Cerillo even spilled the blood of a dead friend because she spoke of death.
Samuel Salinas said he thought Ramos fired at him, but the bullet hit a chair and sent a knife into the boy’s leg. “I died so he couldn’t shoot me,” he said.
Another student, Danielle, whose mother did not want to be named, said she saw Ramos on fire through the glass in the classroom door and hit her teacher.
The shots were “hot,” he told the Washington Post, and when another bullet ricochet hit a fellow student in the nose, he said he could hear the traumatic sound.
Although his teacher was lying on the floor in a bloody state, he repeatedly told the students, “Stay calm. Stay where you are. Don’t move,” Daniel recalls.
Eventually the police broke the window of his classroom and rescued him. Since then, he has had nightmares over and over again.
A troublesome timeline
President Joe Biden will visit Uvalade on Sunday to sue again for gun control, as activists say he is trying to galvanize voters on the issue in the run-up to mid-November elections.
Despite mass shootings, gun control efforts across the country have repeatedly failed, although the poll shows widespread support from Americans.
Speaking at the opening of a university in Delaware on Saturday, Biden – himself a twice-grieving father – portrayed parents preparing to bury their children in Texas and described “excessive violence. Too much fear. Too much grief.”
“We need to be tougher,” he told graduates in his alma mater.
The Uvalde shooting was the deadliest since 2012 killed 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.
McCrae has made a number of emergency calls – including a child begging for help from the police – from two adjoining classrooms where the gunman was barricaded.
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
“I’m not defending anything, but you go back to the timeline, there was a dam, hundreds of rounds were pumped in four minutes, okay, in those two classrooms,” McCrae said.
“Any later shootings were scattered and that was near the door. So it is safe to say that no one else survived.”
McCrae told reporters separately, however, that an eight or nine children who received a call on 911 at 12:16 a.m. were still alive.
According to Macro’s timeline, about 19 officers were outside the classroom door at the time.
A caller – a child who dialed 911 more than once – asked police to come, McCrae said. His last call was cut off as soon as he got out.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters during a testimonial press conference Friday that he had been misinformed about the genocide.
“I was confused,” Abbott said. “The information I was given was partially incorrect and I am very upset about it.”
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