First off... Meet the guy who died fighting the shooters
Texts from a 14 year old boy to his mother less than an hour after the first shots rang out...
"It's a school shooting"
Brainard was at the hair salon where she works when the messages started flashing on her screen.
"There were gunshots. We are about to get escorted to leave," her 14-year-old son wrote around 2:09 p.m., minutes after the shooting started.
"Where?" she replied. "Can you call me."
"No," he wrote. "We have to stay quiet."
The sight of police cars and fire engines, their sirens wailing, zooming past the salon several miles from the school soon confirmed her fears, she said.
"Owen are you ok?," she wrote.
"Sort of," he responded.
Meet Kendrick Castillothe guy who died fighting the shooters