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Texas shooting: 10-year-old boy recounts ‘horrific experience’

A 10-year-old boy in a classroom just down the hall from the room where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, said Tuesday the experience of hiding during the shooting was ” terrifying”.

Jayden Perez told CTV News’ Merella Fernandez that when her class heard gunshots coming from the hallway, her teacher immediately locked their door and told them to hide and be quiet.

“Five of us were hiding where we hung our backpacks, and the others were hiding under a table,” he said, adding that he was scared.

“After a while, the gunfire stopped. And then we heard gunshots again, and then they stopped completely.

What they didn’t know at the time was that an 18-year-old entered a classroom at Robb Elementary and killed two teachers and 19 children, most of them the same age as Jayden.

He said his class was only able to get out of the school when the police broke the windows, allowing them to get out.

“It was a horrible experience,” he said. “Creepy.”

He mentioned that he had known one of the children killed in the shooting.

“He’s a good draftsman,” he said. “He liked to draw Pokémon and anime. It was really good.

“I’m just sad that some of my friends didn’t survive.”

Police face intense scrutiny for his actions during the shooting, with parents and officials questioning why the shooter was at school for more than 40 minutes before police finally entered the building and shot him above.

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