Uvalde teacher recalls being shot multiple times during mass shooting and the moment he left the classroom: 'Nobody moved but me'

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A poster dedicated to the 19 children and two adults who were killed in the mass shooting is seen hung up in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on June 17, 2022.Brandon Bell/Getty Images
  • Arnie Reyes, a teacher at Robb Elementary School, was the sole survivor in the classroom.

  • The gunman shot Reyes multiple times and also appeared to check if he was dead.

  • Reyes remembers waiting over an hour for law enforcement to intervene.

A fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, remembered the moment he realized he may be the only survivor in the classroom, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, after a member of the US Border Patrol tactical team tried to evacuate the room.

"After they shot [the gunman], the Border Patrol said, 'Anybody get up, let's go, let's go,' try to get the kids out," Arnie Reyes told CNN in an interview on Wednesday. "Nobody moved but me."

Reyes said in the interview that he remembered waiting over an hour for law enforcement to intervene.

During that time, Reyes sustained multiple gunshot wounds. In one instance, the shooter appeared to check if Reyes was dead by shooting him in the back.

"He did a lot of things to make me flinch or react in some way," Reyes said in the interview, recalling blood splashing on his face.

The teacher also said that he felt forgotten by law enforcement as he waited for help.

"They saved everybody else except us," he told CNN. "I mean, they probably thought that we were all dead or something, but if they would have gone in before, some of 'em probably would have made it."

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