UVALDE, Texas — Cody Briseno, a funeral attendant who works across the street from the site of the state’s deadliest school shooting, was one of the first people to encounter the gunman on May 24.
Briseno had rushed to help after the shooter’s pickup crashed outside Robb Elementary School but fled after seeing the 18-year-old with an “evil look” holding a rifle.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Briseno, who has helped bury several of the victims, including a relative, described the encounter and how he was prepared to charge the shooter after his wife brought him his gun but was told by arriving officers to back away.
Briseno looked outside to see the gunman kneeling and reloading and then heading for the school. He phoned his wife: “Hey, bring me my gun,” he says he told her.
Gunfire was erupting at the school, he said. He says he saw the man shoot into campus windows.
By the time his wife arrived, the first officers were arriving, too, Briseno said. He marched ahead, gun in hand, when he was stopped by police.
“I feel guilty man, ’cause I couldn’t stop (him),” Briseno said emotionally. “He was shooting at the windows, and I didn’t have my gun on me.”
We never know what will happen during the day. Maybe we will retire and move to Boca without ever having to use the gun we carry. Then again, we will face one monster and maybe we get to alter his plan enough, he does not get to do damage, or we get to reduce the damage he does.
But we have to carry.
And again, the police did everything was not supposed to do and mass murder happened. I was just reading about the Texas Tower snipping incident and even back then, it was the police and civilians who shot back at Charles Whitman and eventually took him out. It was police and civilians who braved the fire to rescue victims and not stablish a perimeter and stop everybody but the shooter.
Hat Tip PaulK