11-year-old student Miah C.* saw with her own eyes how gunman Salvador R.* († 18) shot her teacher and many of her friends on Tuesday. Fearing that the shooter would target her too, the girl smeared herself with the blood of a slain classmate and pretended to be dead.
A CNN journalist spoke with the survivor of the Robb Elementary School massacre in the small Texas town of Uvalde – with her mother present and without a camera. Miah says that she and her classmates were watching the movie “Lilo & Stitch” when their teachers found out there was a shooter in the building.
He said “Good night,” then shot
One of the teachers then wanted to lock a door, but the shooter was already standing in front of it and shot through the window in the door. Miah describes that everything happened very quickly. The teacher came back into the classroom, followed by the shooter. Then Salvador R. looked one of the teachers in the eye and said “good night”. Then he shot her.
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The attacker kept shooting, killing the other teacher and many of Miah’s friends. The bullets flew past her, shrapnel hit her shoulders and head.
Called the police with a cellphone
Miah goes on to say that the shooter then went into an adjoining classroom. She heard screams and shots again. Then the attacker started playing music. It was sad music.
The girl and a friend managed to take her dead teacher’s cell phone and alerted the police. She was afraid the gunman would return to her classroom to kill her and a few other surviving friends. It was at that moment that she dipped her hands in the blood of a dead classmate and smeared herself with it.
No understanding of the actions of the officials
It felt like three hours as she lay there stained with her classmate’s blood. She had assumed that the police had not yet arrived at the scene of the crime at that time. But later she found out that the officials were waiting in front of the school. When the student told the journalist about it, she started crying and said she just didn’t understand why the police didn’t come in and save her.
Salvador R. killed 19 children and two teachers. After being shot by a border guard more than an hour into the massacre, Miah was able to have her shrapnel wounds treated at the hospital. (noo)
* Names known
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