ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Calls to 911 in the moments after Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School paint a chilling picture of students scared for their lives and teachers in shock as they try to help the victims.
In one of the calls, a dispatcher answered to kids screaming on the other line. When the caller is asked what’s going on, the student says, “Ma’am, is there anyone here? Someone at Berrendo Middle School just got shot.”
This was right after a 12-year-old allegedly opened fire, shooting two students. And that would be the beginning of a flood of 911 calls Tuesday morning.
While parents wondered what was going on inside the school, students who were there described what they saw to dispatchers:
One call went like this:
Student: “A shotgun. Some kid just walked in with a shot gun and just shot.”
Dispatcher: “Where is the person?”
Student: “Berrendo Middle School in the big gym”.
In a separate call, a student details seeing the shooting.
Dispatcher: “You know that one person’s been struck?”
Student: “yeah, yeah I saw him. I saw him. You probably need to hurry though.”
Dispatcher: “We’re hurrying; trust me we’re hurrying.”
A school employee also called for help as she comforted the 13-year-old who was shot.
School employee: “I’m in the classroom, I’m trying to keep quiet because I don’t know if they’re still in the hall.”
Dispatcher: “Where was she shot at?”
School employee: “In the right arm and armpit. She says she’s having problems breathing.”
A man who lives near the school gave dispatchers a picture of what other kids did to stay alive.
Dispatcher: “911, what’s you emergency?”
Caller: “Um … I just had about 10 kids run through my yard from Berrendo Middle School.”
Dispatcher: “Yes, sir, we got something going on up there. We have units on the way.”