UVALDE, Texas — The elite Border Patrol tactical agent who took down the shooter in Uvalde sustained a wound to the head after being grazed by a bullet.
The Washington Examiner obtained a picture of the wound, showing just how close the agent himself came to death as he risked his life to stop 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos. A separate picture obtained by Fox News shows the border agent's hat with a hole ripped at the top.
The agent was also hit by shrapnel in the leg but has been discharged from the hospital, according to CBP sources.
PARENTS BEGGED UVALDE POLICE TO ENTER SCHOOL FOR 40 MINUTES
Investigators are piecing together what happened over the course of the massacre, which ended with a Border Patrol team rushing in and killing him. Witnesses cited by the Associated Press recalled shouting at police to enter the building to save the people inside. One even proposed having bystanders do the job that the officers apparently refused to do as they stood outside.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” said Javier Cazares, who lost his fourth-grade daughter, Jacklyn, in the attack. “More could have been done. They were unprepared.”
NEW: This is the hat the elite, veteran BORTAC Border Patrol agent was wearing when he breached the classroom with a tactical team and engaged/killed the Uvalde school shooter, a CBP source tells me. Graze wound to head. Many BP agents in Uvalde have kids at the school. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/924WCOZjsK— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 25, 2022
Ramos has been identified by officials as the shooter who entered the school with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle. After being seen crashing his truck into a ditch outside the school and shooting at people outside a nearby funeral home who were not injured, officials say he "encountered" a school district security officer, but it's not clear whether they exchanged gunfire. Ramos entered the school and shot and wounded two Uvalde police officers arriving outside, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Travis Considine.
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Uvalde is a town of roughly 16,000 people and is situated between San Antonio and Del Rio, Texas. The town is just dozens of miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border and has a Border Patrol station.