After receiving several chilling texts from his wife, an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent and resident of Uvalde, Texas, leapt into action, rescuing dozens of children trapped inside Robb Elementary School during the mass shooting.
Jacon Alborado, a CBP agent, was getting a haircut at the time of the shooting when he received the texts.
“There’s an active shooter,” his wife Trisha, a teacher at Robb Elementary, texted.
She followed that text with another one which simply read “Help,” and a third text that stated “I love you.”
Alborado then borrowed a shotgun from his barber, who came with him, and headed straight to the school to save his wife and his second-grade daughter, Jayda.
According to The New York Times, “once he got to the school, he learned that a tactical team was already forming to enter the wing where the shooter was holed up. So Mr. Albarado quickly made a plan with other officers at the scene: evacuate as many children as possible.”
While in the process of searching for his family, Alborado managed to successfully and safely evacuate an entire wing of the school of both children and teachers. Meanwhile, his 8-year-old daughter was locked in a bathroom, and his wife was hiding underneath a desk with her students in their classroom.
“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,” he later told the media.
“They were just all hysterical, of course,” Alborado added.
Two other armed officers covered him throughout the rescue, while another two helped the children and teachers to safety. When he finally reached his daughter, he hugged her tight, then continued to help rescue others.
Meanwhile, Uvalde police were setting up a perimeter and waiting for tactical gear and crisis “negotiators” to arrive on scene. Eventually, a Border Patrol tactical team moved in without waiting for backup and killed the gunman approximately one hour after he entered the school.