Derek Gonzales was about to go for lunch with his colleague Julio Luna when he heard gunshots on Tuesday. So he rushed to Robb Elementary School from his nearby shop with Luna.
What they saw upon arrival was a chaotic scene.
“The funeral lady was screaming like ‘shooting shooting," Gonzalez told CNN.
Gonzales said bullets were going into the direction of a nearby funeral home, and some were coming in his direction, he added. "We were like, in shock."
He said he didn’t expect a shooting at the school and thought something else might have happened.
"We didn’t expect for this to happen here in Uvalde," Luna added.
The two tried to get out of their car, but police told them to get back in.
In a news briefing earlier Thursday, Victor Escalon, South Texas regional director of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), told reporters that the gunman shot towards eyewitnesses across the street at a funeral home after he wrecked his car. The official said the shooter then continued to walk towards the school and climbed a fence.