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Texas gunman Salvador Ramos stormed out of the closet and fired at CBP agents

The 18-year-old Texas gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday burst out of a closet and opened fire on U.S. Customs and Border Protection tactical agents as they entered the classroom where it was reportedly barricaded .

Gunman Salvador Ramos emerged from his hiding place and opened fire shortly after two BORTAC agents from Customs and Border Protection, a Search, Trauma and Rescue agent from the Border Patrol, and at least one sheriff’s deputy appeared behind one at around 12:50 p.m entered the classroom hidden under a tactical shield. an anonymous CBP official told the Washington Post.

The agents returned fire and killed Ramos, reportedly ending his reign of terror.

The move to burst into the classroom ended an approximately 40-minute period of indecision outside the room as law enforcement came up with a plan.

An off-duty BORTAC agent was the first to arrive outside the “quiet” classroom at 12:15 p.m. to find several local police officers in the hallway there, the CBP official told The Washington Post.

Alleged gunman from the Salvador Ramos school in Texas.
Border guards reportedly killed gunman Salvador Ramos after returning fire at him.
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There were bullet holes in the classroom door, which local police said was Ramos’ off-duty agent who shot them. The agent began concocting a tactical operation to get inside, and reinforcements from CBP arrived about 15 minutes later, the source told the newspaper.

The other BORTAC agents, along with members of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Unit, were late for the classroom after local police originally told them to wait outside the school upon arrival, two federal police sources told NBC News.

HSI agents had been instructed to help get children out of windows instead. But after about 30 minutes, agents from both agencies ignored local law enforcement and entered the school, the report said.

With no battering ram on hand to force open the classroom door, agents elected to use a ballistic shield provided by a US Marshal.

It’s difficult to determine who has authority over the operation, the source said.

People hug at a memorial to the victims of the school shooting in Texas in Uvalde's town square on May 26, 2022.
People hug at a memorial to the victims of the school shooting in Texas in Uvalde’s town square on May 26, 2022.
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“They didn’t tell me they were frustrated,” the official told the newspaper. “But they told me it was hard to tell who was in charge.”

The first BORTAC agent to arrive wanted to force down the door and take the small team gathered outside to get to the shooter immediately. Meanwhile, CBP and other law enforcement officials were evacuating students and staff from other classrooms, the source said.

Officials sent for a key to unlock the classroom, which reportedly took 40 minutes to an hour to be picked up by a janitor.

Salvador Ramos shows his AR-15 rifles on Instagram.
The suspected gunman Salvador Ramos showed off his two AR-15 rifles on social media.
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According to the Washington Post, the agent said he did not hear any gunshots during that time.

The team made its entry “within minutes” of receiving the key, the official told the newspaper. Officials said they entered around 12:50 p.m

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/texas-shooter-burst-out-of-closet-shot-at-cbp-agents/ Texas gunman Salvador Ramos stormed out of the closet and fired at CBP agents

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