Uvalde Survivor Covered Herself in Blood, Played Dead During Shooting

An 11-year-old survivor of Mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, described the moment the gunman shot her teacher and how she pretended to be dead in an interview with CNN.

Miah Cerrillo said her teachers found out there was an active shooter at school while the class was watching the Disney film Lilo and Stitch. When one of her teachers went to lock the door, Cerrillo said the shooter, 18-year-old Salvadore Ramos, was already there and fired through the window by the door. (Cerillo declined to be interviewed about her on-camera experience; a reporter, Nora Neus, shared her story.)

Cerillo said Ramos walked into the classroom, looked a teacher in the eye, said “good night,” and shot her. The classroom was supervised by Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, both of whom were killed; It was not clear which of the two Ramos was confronted in this manner.

According to Cerillo, Ramos then opened fire (she was hit by shrapnel, her injuries were treated in the hospital and released). She said Ramos then went to the attached classroom and started shooting again. After that, Cerillo said, Ramos started playing music, which she described as the kind of music where “you want people to die.”

Perhaps the most harrowing detail of Cerillo’s story came next, when she and a friend grabbed their teacher’s phone and called 911 for help. Concerned that Ramos might return, she drew the blood from a dead classmate next to her, smeared it on herself and pretended to be dead.

Cerillo reportedly said that while she waited for help, she simply assumed the police hadn’t arrived at the school yet. Only later did she learn that law enforcement was there. She reportedly started crying during her interview and said she doesn’t understand why the police didn’t come in and save her.

The law enforcement response during the shooting in Uvalde has received considerable criticism in the days since the tragedy that left 21 dead, including 19 children. Many witnesses gathered outside the school said officers did not do enough to stop Ramos, who was at the school for over an hour before he was killed.

Meanwhile law enforcement officers gave conflicting bills about how the incident played out, which raises more questions — and even more criticism. For example, it was originally stated that a school police officer confronted Ramos when he first arrived on campus, but another officer later said that no police officer confronted the shooter. Meanwhile, some parents who had gathered in front of the school were reluctant, sprinkled with pepper or handcuffed as they begged the police to go to school. Some police officers reportedly went to the school to try to find their own children.

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Emma James

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