A fourth-grade survivor of the Texas shooting says a gunman said in class, “Time to die.”

A fourth grade student who survived Tuesday’s mass shooting Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, he says the gunman told the children, “Time to die.”

The survivor, who spoke to CBS affiliate KENS-TV, said he was in a room that shared a door with the courtroom where the gunman first barricaded himself during the shooting. It was then Lieutenant Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety he told CBS Newswho “started shooting the children and teachers who were inside”.

“He walked in and squatted down a bit and said, ‘It’s time to die,'” the boy told KENS-TV reporter Henry Ramos. His parents didn’t want him to be identified or filmed, but the boy wanted to share what happened.

When he and the other students in the adjacent classroom heard shooting, the boy said he told his friends to go into hiding. He and four others hid under a table covered with a tablecloth.

“I was hiding hard,” the boy said. “And I was telling my friend not to talk because he will listen to us.”

The police arrived at the scene immediately. An officer told the children to “Yell if you need help,” the boy recalled.

“One of the people in my class said ‘help’. The boy overheard and walked in and shot her,” she said. “The cop entered that classroom. The boy shot the cop. And the cops started shooting.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said three officers were injured in the shooting, but all are in good condition.

When the shooting stopped, the fourth-grader said he left his hiding place, along with his friend. He said he knew he was safe to do it because he saw the officer’s armor and shield. And while it was the officers who stopped the slaughter, the boy said it was the teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, who saved her and other children’s lives.

“They were good teachers,” he said. “They were in front of my classmates to help them. To save them.”

That sentiment was shared by the grandson of fourth grade teacher Irma Garcia, John Martinez. Garcia had four children.

“She sacrificed herself to protect the children in her class,” Martinez tweeted. “Irma Garcia is her name and she died a hero.”

Mireli, 44, was also a fourth grade teacher who had been an educator for 17 years. In a Twitter post, daughter Adalynn wrote that her mother “selflessly jumped in front of her students to save his life.”

“My beautiful mom, thank you for the funniest memories. Thank you for the best times of my life. Thank you for being my best friend,” she said. “… You are so well known to many now and I am so glad that people know your name that beautiful face of yours and know what a hero looks like.”

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