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Harrowing footage emerges of desperate parents being restrained by cops while school shooter was inside locked classroom with their kids for up to ONE HOUR while SWAT team searched for key
A hero teacher who was shot three times in the Texas elementary school massacre has branded cops 'cowards' for taking so long to raid the building.
Arnulfo Reyes said he will 'never forgive' the police for 'sitting there and doing nothing for our community' during the deadly attack.
During an emotional interview, he also revealed the only reason he survived was because he played dead for over an hour while the gunman was on the loose.
Reyes bore witness to the horror as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos gunned down 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24.
All 11 of the pupils in his class in Room 111 were murdered by the twisted killer, who was finally later shot dead by cops after the rampage.
It comes amid a spate of mass shootings across the US in recent weeks, with the nation reeling from horrific killings in Buffalo, Tulsa, Philadelphia and California.
The continued violence has stiffened calls from much of the Left and some on the Right for tighter gun laws to be enforced nationally.
Fourth-grade teacher Arnulfo Reyes (pictured speaking to ABC News) was wounded in the shooting on May 24, which saw 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos kill all 11 of his students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
All 11 of Reyes' students at Robb Elementary school were killed in the school massacre on May 24
Reyes, who is a fourth-grade teacher, gave a heartbreaking interview from his hospital bed as he recovered from gunshot wounds to the arm, lung and back.
He told ABC News: 'I feel so bad for the parents because they lost a child. But they lost one child. I lost 11 that day, all at one time.'
Reyes also revealed he was watching the animated The Addams Family movie with his students when he heard the first shots ringing out through the school.
He said: 'The kids started asking out loud, 'Mr. Reyes, what is going on,' and I said 'I don't know what's going on but let's go ahead and get under the table… get under the table and act like you're asleep.'
He explained that under the school's protocols for school shootings, they train the students to sit under their desks as he described failures in the school's emergency protocols.
Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 students and two teachers - and wounded 17 others - at Robb Elementary School in the Texas city during the May 24 rampage
'No training would ever prepare anybody for this,' he said. 'It all happened too fast. Training, no training, all kinds of training - nothing gets you ready for this.
'We trained our kids to sot under the table and that's what I thought of at the time,' Reyes continues. 'But we set them up to be like ducks.'
The 17-year veteran teacher said as he went to huddle under a table with the children, he turned around to see Ramos standing there - who then let off a burst of fire into the classroom, striking Reyes three times before he went on to shoot all of his students as cops stood back for more than an hour.
'They're cowards,' Reyes said of the officers on the scene. 'They sit there and did nothing for our community. They took a long time to go in.
'I will never forgive them.'
His account offered some of the most vivid details that have been revealed so far of the horrific shooting, as he described multiple encounters with Ramos.
Reyes was with his students in Room 111, one of the adjoining classrooms where the teenage shooter carried out the massacre.
The teacher said after he was injured and incapacitated, Ramos turned his AR-15 style rifle on his young students, most of them in their third and fourth grades.
He told ABC that while seriously injured, he followed his own advice and decided to pretend to be unconscious on the ground, as Ramos continued to fire - shooting him again, this time piercing his back and lung.
While laying on the ground severely injured, the teacher said he heard Ramos going from classroom to classroom, opening fire and continuing his spree.
During that time he said he heard police officers outside his classroom, and a student in the classroom next door - room 112 - calling out for help.
However, he said he thinks the police had left by that time, moving on down the corridor and so he didn't hear the cries for help, while Ramos hid behind Reyes' desk.
'One of the students from the next-door classroom was saying, 'Officer, we're in here. We're in here.' But they had already left,' Reyes said.
After that, Reyes said the shooter then got up from behind his desk and went back into room 112, and continued his rampage.
Officers did not respond to the scene for more than an hour after Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arrendondo changed the status from an active shooter to a barricaded suspect situation
Reyes said he has previously raised concerns about the back door near his classroom not locking during previous active shooter trainings
Reyes previously posted about how he is healing, and thanked everyone for their support
Officers eventually returned to Reyes' classroom for a second time, where he said he heard them pleading with Ramos to come out. They told him they just wanted to speak with him, and that they were not going to hurt him, the teacher told ABC.
There was silence, he said, before cops finally breached the door and shot Ramos dead. By then, Reyes' 11 students had already been killed.
Reyes also described in his interview how the school failed to properly prepare for such a shooting, despite holding active shooter drills - including one just weeks before Ramos opened fire.
During those trainings, he said he noticed the outside door nearest his classroom would not lock.
'When that would happen, I would tell my principal, 'Hey, I'm going to get in trouble again, they're going to come and tell you that I left my door unlocked, which I didn't.' 'But the latch was stuck,' Reyes said.
Now, as he recovers from his gunshot wounds at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Reyes is calling for more gun control, telling ABC News: 'If you want to buy a gun, you want to own a gun, that's fine.
Death toll in Texas elementary school shooting rises to NINETEEN students and two teachers: CBP agent rushed into building with tactical team and shot barricaded gunman, 18, dead
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary, was one of 19 students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 during the attack that also killed two teachers in the classroom.
Her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, said the 10-year-old was killed as she tried to phone 911 while sitting next to her best friend, who ended up 'covered in her blood.'
Uvalde School Shooting (Dario Lopez-Mills-AP)
At least 14 students and one teacher are dead after an active shooter opened fire in an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. Shortly after 12 p.m. local time, an active shooter opened fire inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 84 miles outside of San Antonio, school officials said. Police said the suspected shooter is also dead
The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers, Daily Mail reports.
Officials at Uvalde Memorial Hospital said they received more than a dozen children for treatment following the incident. Two children were transferred to another hospital in San Antonio and another is pending transfer. A second hospital, University Health, said it received two patients — one child and one adult.
Hospital officials also said that two individuals arrived deceased. It was not immediately clear if the deceased were students or staff of the elementary school.
He worked at Wendy's, where staff remembered him as quiet.
Ramos's young victims were aged between seven and 11, CNN's Ed Lavandera reported.
On Tuesday night their names were beginning to be confirmed by family members.
Salvador Ramos, 18, from Uvalde, Texas, drove to the Robb Elementary School after shooting his grandmother
Police are seen outside the home of Salvador Ramos in Ulvade, Texas, on Tuesday
Ramos's home in Uvalde is seen on Tuesday as police try to fathom a motive for the shooting
Children confirmed dead by family members included 10-year-olds Xavier Lopez, Eliahana Torres, and Makenna Elrod, and eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia.
'My nephew was a victim of a school shooting today,' Mitch Renfro wrote on Facebook, confirming Garcia's death.
'An 8-year-old was killed by a crazy man.'
The missing included Rogelio Torres and Nevaeh Bravo.
The father of 10-year-old Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez said that she was also still missing.
'He shot and killed - horrifically and incomprehensibly - 14 students and killed a teacher,' Abbott said at a press briefing. The death toll was later revised to 19 children.
'There are families that are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them.'
It was the deadliest such incident since 14 high school students and three adult staff were killed in Parkland, Florida in 2018 - and the worst at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six staff were killed.
'The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong,' said Joe Biden, addressing the country from the White House on Tuesday night.
'As a nation, we have to ask: When in God's name will we stand up to the gun lobby?'
He added: 'Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep on letting this happen? Where in God's name is our backbone?'
Uziyah Garcia, 8, (left) and Makenna Elrod, 10, (right) were both confirmed dead by loved ones on Facebook
Fourth grade student Xavier Lopez, 10, was killed on Tuesday. His mother had attended his awards ceremony just hours before the shooting, unaware that would be the last time she saw him
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez's father said the 10-year-old was still unaccounted for
Irma Garcia (left) and Eva Mireles (right), who co-taught fourth grade, were both shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday
Ramos shared photos on social media of guns. His account was taken down shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name
Ramos shared a photo on Instagram of him holding the magazine of a rifle
Mireles, a fourth grade teacher, was identified by her family as being one of the staff members shot dead. She had worked in education for 17 years.
Eva Mireles was shot and killed by Salvador Ramos on Tuesday while at the school where she taught in Uvalde
Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT team member currently serving as a police officer with the school district, held regular active shooter drills for the schools - most recently at the end of March.
Garcia, who co-taught with Mireles for the last five year, had been at Robb Elementary for 23 years.
Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mother of four - Cristian, completing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State university University; Lyliana, a sophomore in high school; and Alysandra, a 7th grader.
'My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO,' tweeted her nephew John.
'She was loved by many and will truly be missed.'
She was nominated as teacher of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University.
'Let me assure you, the intruder is deceased,' said Pete Arredondo, chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department.
'We are not looking for another individual in relation to this case.'
Ramos's social media was full of photos of guns, which he bought legally on his 18th birthday, state senator Roland Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez said that Ramos was born in North Dakota but lived in Uvalde.
Ramos messaged a woman he knew on Instagram, tagging her in a photo of the guns.
'You gonna repost my gun pics,' @sal8dor_ direct messaged the girl on May 12.
'what your guns gotta do with me,' she replied on Friday.
'Just wanted to tag you,' he said back.
Then at 5:43am on Tuesday, @salv8dor_ messaged her and said: 'I'm about to'.
The girl asked 'about to what' to which he answered: 'I'll tell you before 11.'
He said he'd text her in an hour and urged her to respond.
'I got a lil secret I wanna tell u,' he messaged with a smiley face emoji covering its mouth.
'Be grateful I tagged you,' he wrote.
She replied: 'No it's just scary,' adding: 'I barely know you and you tag me in a picture with some guns?'
His last message at 9:16am on Tuesday was 'Ima air out'.
The shooting started around 11:32am.
The woman reacted with horror when she learnt what he had done.
'He's a stranger I know nothing about him he decided to tag me in his gun post,' she wrote.
'I'm so sorry for the victims and their families I really don't know what to say.'
She then added: 'The only reason I responded to him was because I was afraid of him I wish I stayed awake to at least try to convince him to not commit his crime. I didn't know.'
When an Instagram user asked if she was his girlfriend, she replied: 'I don't know him and I don't even live in Texas.'
Robb Elementary School, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in the city of Uvalde, hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
A school friend of Ramos's said that he sent him the photos of his guns too.
'He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using … and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds, probably like seven mags,' the friend told CNN.
'I was like, 'bro, why do you have this?' and he was like, 'Don't worry about it.'
'He proceeded to text me, 'I look very different now. You wouldn't recognize me,' he added.
The friend said Ramos was mocked by others for the clothes he wore and his family's financial situation, and eventually was seen less in class.
He largely dropped out, and took the job at Wendy's, where co-workers remember him as quiet.
Adrian Mendes, evening manager at the Wendy's, said Ramos 'kept to himself mostly.'
'He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn't say much. He didn't really socialize with the other employees,' Mendes told CNN.
'He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.'
Mendes said that he did not know Ramos well - he was already employed when Mendes began in February - and didn't see him most of the time because they were on different shifts.
Ramos worked from 11am to 4pm or 5pm, five days a week.
One video at the scene appears to show the suspected gunman, named by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background
Photos show a pickup truck that crashed outside the school, which, according to Abbott, Ramos abandoned before entering the school.
He was involved in a gunfight with border patrol agents who arrived on the scene. One of the agents was injured, but is expected to survive.
Biden, who flew home from Japan on Tuesday, addressed the nation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House at 8:45pm. Air Force One landed just before 7pm.
'I had hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this. Again. Another massacre,' a visibly emotional Biden said.
Speaking from the White House Roosevelt Room with First Lady Jill Biden clad in black by his side, the president said: 'Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful innocent, second, third, fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happen - see their friends die as if they're on a battlefield, for God's sake?'
He took a moment to empathize with parents who would never see their young children again after Tuesday.
'Parents will never be the same. To lose a child, it's like having a piece of your soul ripped away,' said the president, who lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015.
'There's a hollowness in your chest you feel like you're being sucked into it. And never going to be able to get out. Suffocating. And it's never quite the same. It's the feeling shared by the siblings and the grandparents and the family members and the community that's left behind.'
He lamented there were 'so many crush spirits' left to mourn the more than dozen victims.
'So tonight, I asked the nation to pray for them. Give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel right now.'
President Joe Biden gave a short but impassioned speech less than two hours after returning from a trip to Asia
Biden delivered the remarks in the White House Roosevelt Room with a silent and solemn First Lady Dr. Jill Biden by his side