On Wednesday afternoon, Salvador Ramos opened fire against 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Ramos didn’t escape alive.
An off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit abated the teenager before he continued adding victims.
According to multiple reports, the agent ofCBP’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) ran into the school while the shooter kept inflicting pain.
The BORTRAC agent exchanged rounds with the gunman. Ramos barricaded inside a fourth-grade classroom, as news organizations reported.
The shooter injured the officer. However, he stopped the threat by killing Ramos, law enforcement said.
Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary of public affairs, Marsha Espinosa, confirmed on Twitter that on and off-duty Border Patrol Agents responded to a law enforcement request.
Espinosa affirmed that BPA agents barricaded the active shooter.
“U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a law enforcement request for assistance re an active shooter situation inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde,” Espinosa said.
Upon entering the building, agents & other law enforcement officers faced gunfire from the subject, who was barricaded inside.”
“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives.”
What are BORTRAC agents?
The CBP officer who abated the killer covers the Uvalde zone, located in the Del Rio sector.
BORTRAC trains its agents with a similar preparation to US special forces.
The agents learn how to handle terror threats and riots.