A teacher at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, had “made peace” with the idea that she was going to die when a gunman opened fire on the school, her attorney has said.
Emilia Marin was walking outside the school building on May 24 when she witnessed a vehicle crash nearby, her lawyer, Don Flanary, told CNN. Marin quickly raced inside the school to report the crash to law enforcement.
The teacher said she left a door leading into the school ajar before returning to it shortly after calling 911, only to find her coworker fleeing and people yelling from a funeral home across the street: “He’s got a gun!”
After seeing the 18-year-old gunman approach the school, Marin promptly closed the door and ran to a nearby adjoining classroom to take shelter underneath a counter, her lawyer states. From there she was able to hear gunshots inside the school as the suspect, Salvador Ramos, opened fire.
A total of 19 children and two adults were killed in the shooting while 17 others, including children, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
“She thought he was going to come in and kill her and she made peace with that,” said Flanary, who indicated on Thursday that Marin intends to sue the gun manufacturer who made the rifle used by the gunman in Uvalde.
While Marin was fortunate enough not to encounter the shooter during his rampage, her lawyer said she suffered mental health issues after law enforcement officials said that the suspect had been able to gain access to the school via a door that had been left propped open.
“She felt alone, like she couldn’t even grieve,” Flanary said. “She second-guessed herself, like ‘did I not do that?'” he continued, adding that the longtime teacher has had to visit a neurologist because “she can’t stop shaking.”
Officials later said the suspect had accessed the school through a door that had been unlocked on the day of the incident.
Flanary on Thursday indicated that his client plans to sue Daniel Defense LLC, the manufacturer who made the rifle used in the school attack after he filed a petition to interview officials from the Georgia-based company under oath, according to multiple reports.
Court documents also ask the gun maker to produce materials related to its website, profits, lobbying, sales, and marketing of AR-15-style rifles like the one used at the shooting, according to NPR.
“Petitioner seeks to obtain the deposition testimony and evidence from Daniel Defense to investigate potential claims by the Petitioner,” the filing states, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “The subject matter of the potential claim is the conduct of Daniel Defense which was a cause of the injuries and damages suffered by Emilia Marin.”
The Epoch Times has been unable to verify the authenticity of the court documents and has contacted attorney Don Flanary and Daniel Defense for comment.
Speaking from the Cross Hall of the White House on Thursday, President Joe Biden urged Congress to ban assault weapons and strengthen gun control laws following the latest mass shootings across the country.
“We need to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21; strengthen background checks; enact safe storage law and red flag laws; repeal the immunity that protects gun manufacturers from liability; address the mental health crisis, deepening the trauma of gun violence,” Biden said.
Bipartisan negotiations are currently underway in Congress regarding gun control legislation in response to the recent events.