The Texas school shooter emerged from a closet and opened fire when police broke into the classroom where he was killing children, according to a report.
A hodgepodge tactical unit led by Border Patrol agents returned fire and killed 18-year-old Salvador Ramos inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, an official told The Washington Post.
Border Patrol agents had arrived to a chaotic scene.
“They told me it was hard to discern who was responsible,” the anonymous told the Post.
As police struggled to pull themselves together, Ramos shot and killed 19 children and two teachers in a classroom.
Law enforcement officers at the scene had no breaching materials, the Post reported, so they were desperate for a master key provided by a janitor.
Once they got the key, they used a tactical shield provided by a U.S. Marshal for cover, according to the Post. A ragtag team of law enforcement officers followed a Border Patrol agent carrying the shield.
When Ramos opened fire, three Border Patrol agents and at least one Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy returned fire and killed him.
When officers entered the classroom, they found the surviving children huddled in a corner, the official told the Post.
The first Border Patrol agent arrived on the scene around 12:15 p.m., about 45 minutes after Ramos entered the school, the Post reported. The agent spotted bullet holes in the classroom door.
Ramos entered the school at 11:33 a.m., according to Texas State Police. He didn’t die until 12:50 p.m.