A 9-year-old boy who exploded in his leg in Tuesday’s massacre in Texas told his grandmother that the gunshots “looked like fireworks,” she said in an interview.
“He goes, ‘It looked like fireworks, Grandma.’ It was in his class,” she told Keynes 5.
She said her grandson was terrified after being shot in the leg at Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, but has already been released from the hospital.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she felt good enough to be photographed with the police officers who took her out.
“He has just been released, thank God,” she said, relieved. “It didn’t go through any bone. It didn’t hurt, hopefully no nerve damage and stuff, but he was just released and we thank god for that. ,
She admitted that other families were not so lucky. At least 19 children and a teacher were killed in the firing.
“We are praying for all the children who were raised by this mass murderer. They took the life of a teacher. And all these families are at a loss for what has happened,” she told KNS 5.
The grandmother described the frantic moments as she and her daughter – the boy’s mother – learned that shots had been fired at elementary school and then learned that a 9-year-old boy was one of the victims.
She said it was like being “in a fog”.
“I went to the civic center because my daughter was waiting for him,” she said. “I called him, I go, ‘There’s a shooting at school.’ She was like, ‘Where?’ I called at Rob and he’s like, ‘Oh, no, mom,’ – you know, his son. She left and I called her. She didn’t answer me and I was like, ‘What’s going on? is?’ And she’s like, ‘He was shot.'”
“And I took off, I didn’t even know where I was going,” she said. “I was like a fog. In a fog. I mean, he’s a kid. But now he’s at home. He’ll go home and rest now.”
She said that when her son came out of the hospital, his daughter burst into tears.
He said Uvalde, a small, congested town of about 16,000 people about 85 miles west of San Antonio, would recover.
“It’s a small town, a small community,” she told the outlet. “I know it will bring us closer together. I just pray for everyone, I do, and I’m so glad my grandson is okay. He’s scared right now, he said he was scared but He is alright.
Authorities said the shooter, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed his grandmother before crashing her car outside the school.
The slain teacher was later identified as Eva Miralles.
Ramos was gunned down by police, who retaliated with a shootout.