A US border patrol agent helped rescue dozens of students from a school massacre after he received a text from his wife.
The horrific Ulvade school massacre carried out by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos left 21 people dead, with 19 children and two adults shot dead at the elementary school in Texas.
But border patrol agent Jacob Albarado received a text from his wife notifying him of the shooting at the school, where their eight-year-old daughter was attending.
The shooting was brought to his attention by wife Trisha, who told him of an active shooter in their daughter's school through a text to the border patrol guard.
She wrote: "There's an active shooter. Help. I love you"
Albarado acted immediately, reportedly borrowing a shotgun from his barber and immediately heading toward the school, where upon arrival he learned the shooting was in a different wing of the school to that of his daughter's classroom.
A tactical team had been assigned to taking down the gunman, with Daily Star reporting on the BORTAC agents that shot and killed Ramos.
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When learning of the assigned tactical team, Albarado turned his attention to helping out other students in a different wing of the building.
He said: "I'm looking for my daughter, but I also know what wing she's in, so I start clearing all the classes in her wing."
Alongside two officers providing cover, Albarado cleared out dozens of students, including his daughter, and teachers, guiding them to safety.
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The border patrol guard said he "did what I was trained to do" and described the moment he found his daughter, where he gave her a hug and continued the evacuation.
Although Albarado helped evacuate dozens of students and teachers, news.com.au reports that a handful of parents have criticised police for how the shooting was handled.
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Jacinto Cazares, whose 10-year-old daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, has criticised the slow response of police to infiltrate and take down shooter Ramos.
The 18-year-old school shooter is said to have spent 40 minutes to an hour inside of the school before police responded.
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Speaking to ABC News, Cazares said: "There was at least 40 lawmen armed to the teeth but didn't do a darn thing [until] it was far too late.
"The situation could’ve been over quick if they had better tactical training, and we as a community witnessed it first-hand."
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