Texas school shooting: 11-year-old girl smeared blood on herself, played dead to escape gunman

Friday, 27 May 2022 (16:09 IST)
Washington: Family of an 11-year-old girl, who survived the Texas school shooting, said the fourth grader smeared other girl’s blood on her body to convince the gunman that she, too, was dead.

After seeing her friend getting fatally shot inside their class in Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, Miah Cerrillo went into what her aunt called “survivor mode” and smeared the other girl’s blood on her body to convince the gunman that she, too, was dead.

“She saw her friend full of blood, and she got blood and put it on herself,” Cerrillo’s aunt Blanca Rivera told station KPRC.

Before playing dead, the quick-thinking girl also managed to grab her dead teacher’s phone and called 911 for help.

Citing her family accounts of the worst mass school shootings in US history, New York Post reported that ‘the harrowing ordeal has left her traumatized’.

On the night of the shooting, Miah had a “panic attack” at midnight, the report quotes Aunt Rivera as saying.

Miguel Cerrillo, Miah’s father, told the Washington Post that when he learned of the active shooter situation, he raced to School and got there just in time to see a police officer carrying his bloodied daughter out of the building.

The fourth-grader told her father that she saw her teacher Eva Mireles get shot as she was holding her phone, Cerrillo recounted. Miah grabbed Mireles’ phone and used it to dial 911.

According to her father and aunt, Miah spent the night in a state of panic, telling her dad to arm himself because “(the gunman is) going to come get us”.

The shooting in Texas claimed the lives of 19 students and their two teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia.

The shooter, an 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was eventually shot and killed by law enforcement agencies. The Texas shooting was the third mass shooting incident this week in the US. (UNI)

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