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Children called for help inside classrooms in Uvalde.  The police waited.


Jasmine Carrillo, 29, was working in the cafeteria with about 40 second graders and two teachers when the attack began. The lights went out – part of a school-wide lockdown that had come into effect.

After entering the fourth-grade building, Ms Carrillo said, the gunman knocked and kicked the door of her 10-year-old son Mario’s classroom, demanding to be let in. But he couldn’t open the locked door.

Instead, he moved on to others.

In the connected classrooms, room 111 and room 112, a pair of teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, had also screened a film, “Lilo & Stitch”, as the students finished their lessons. One of the teachers moved to close the door and isolate the classroom from the hallway. But the shooter was already there.

Miah Cerrillo, 11, saw her teacher back into the classroom, and the shooter followed. First he shot one teacher, then the other. She said he shot many students in her class and then went to the next one and opened fire, said her grandfather, José Veloz, 71, relaying the account of the girl.

Then he started shooting wildly.

The terrifying echo of at least 100 gunshots rocked the school as children in the classrooms and the two teachers there were shot and fell to the ground. It was 11:33 a.m.

Not all of the children inside were killed in that horrific moment. Several survived and cowered in fear beside their limp friends. One of the children fell on Miah’s chest as she lay on the ground, her grandfather said. Terrified that he would return to her class, Miah says, she took the blood of a classmate who died and rubbed it on herself. Then she played dead herself.

Two minutes after the shooter first entered the two classrooms, several officers from the Uvalde Police Department rushed into the school. A pair of officers approached the locked classroom door as gunshots could be heard inside. Both were hit – abrasions, as their injuries will be described later – as bullets pierced the door and hit them in the hallway.

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