An off-duty Border Patrol agent rushed to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday to find his daughter during the mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.
Jacob Albarado got his hair cut before receiving a text message from his wife Trisha saying “there is an active shooter”. The New York Times reported. His wife, who worked as a fourth-grade teacher at the school, responded by sending him more text messages saying “help” and “I love you.”
Albarado then ran to the school, where his wife and her students hid under desks and behind curtains to protect themselves from gunfire. Meanwhile, in the second grade, their daughter Jayda locked herself in the school bathroom.
When authorities formed a tactical team to enter the area where 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos was barricaded, Albarado prepared with officials a plan to evacuate the children, the authorities said Times.
Albarado armed himself with a shotgun that his barber had given him before he left and led his peers to the wing inside the school where his daughter’s classroom was located.
“I’m looking for my daughter, but I also know which department she is in,” he said, according to the Times. “So I’m starting to clear all the classes in her wing.”
The off-duty officer was covered by his colleagues as two other officers led children onto the sidewalk, according to Albarado, who said dozens of children and their teachers screamed as they were led out of school. “They were all hysterical, of course,” he said.
Albarado then saw his 8-year-old daughter and hugged her, but continued to help evacuate other children, adding, “I did what I was trained to do.”
The tactical team eventually went into the classroom Ramos was in and fatally shot him. The teenager used two AR-15 rifles, which he legally bought a few days ago for his birthday, to commit the mass killings.
The police have been criticized for their reaction
Meanwhile, police have been criticized online by a number of residents for taking a long time to enter the school to prevent Ramos from killing more people who entered the school at 11:40am. However, police arrived at the scene about four minutes later and a teenager was shot dead at 1 p.m
“Why did it take over an hour to go in? How many lives could have been saved,” a Wilmington resident wrote on the Uvalde Police Department’s Facebook profile.
However, Lieutenant Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety clarified Thursday that it took officers an hour “before the shooter was neutralized” because it was an active shooter situation.
According to the lieutenant, officers at the school could have been shot “if they had proceeded further without knowing the whereabouts of this suspect.”
“At that point, that shooter would have had an opportunity to kill other people in that school,” Olivarez added. “So they were able to keep this shooter in that classroom so that he couldn’t go to other parts of the school to commit other murders.”
https://www.newsweek.com/off-duty-officer-went-school-during-uvalde-shooting-find-daughter-1711051 An off-duty officer went to the school during the Uvalde shooting to find his daughter