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Uvalde student: “I played dead so he wouldn’t shoot me”

One of the students who survived Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, said he avoided being killed because the shooter thought he was already dead.

Samuel Salinas, 10, appeared Friday on “Good Morning America” ​​and said his school day started like any other, until things changed.

“It was a normal day until my teacher said we are in severe confinement,” Samuel said. “And then there were gunshots in the windows.”

The shooter walked into Samuel’s fifth grade classroom, closed the door and told the students, “You’re all going to die.

He then opened fire, shooting the teacher before shooting the children.

“I think he was aiming at me,” Samuel said, adding that he thought the bullet hit a chair. When shrapnel hit his thigh and lodged in his leg, he tried to look helpless.

“I played dead so he wouldn’t shoot me,” he said, adding that other classmates had done the same.

At one point, a student’s cell phone started ringing and there were gunshots as the girl tried to silence him. Police then engaged the shooter and rushed the surviving children out of the room, past the bodies of their deceased teacher and classmates.

“There was blood on the floor,” Samuel said. And there were children […] bloody. »

The child said he had nightmares about the shooter and being shot, and expects that to continue.

“Every time there is a lockdown I will be really scared,” he said.

Samuel said he was not looking forward to reuniting with other students who survived the shooting. “I’m just going to stay home and rest.”


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