A teacher who was shot by the insane gunman who killed 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school said he played dead for over an hour to survive the massacre.
Arnulfo Reyes spoke of the shocking ordeal in an interview with ABC News and offered one of the more detailed accounts of the horror inside Robb Elementary School on May 24, which ended with 11 of his students dead.
Reyes told the network that his class was watching a movie when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos burst into their room.
“The children began to ask out loud, ‘Mr. Reyes, what’s going on,’ and I said, ‘I do not know what’s going on, but let’s go ahead and get under the table … get under the table and behave, as if you were sleeping, “Reyes said in the interview.
While Reyes and the kids crawled under the table, the 17-year-old veteran teacher said he turned around and saw Ramos open fire in the classroom.
A bullet hit Reyes’ arm and his lung. The other bullet hit his back.
“One of the students from the classroom next door said, ‘Officer, we’re in here. We’re in here,’ but they were already gone, ‘” Reyes said.
Reyes said he played dead for an hour and 17 minutes, but could hear Ramos go from his classroom to the adjoining classroom to continue his madness.
Law enforcement officers returned a second time and finally broke open the door to Ramos’ classroom before firing the gunman deadly.
At that time, Reyes’ 11 students were dead.
Reyes is currently recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Reacting law enforcement officers in Uvalde have been subjected to great control over their delayed response to defeat the shooter.
School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo did not carry a radio that day and also treated the incident as a suspected barricade situation as opposed to an active shooting situation.