Update @ 7 a.m. Wednesday: At least 19 children and two adults have died after a shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos of Uvalde, is deceased. Authorities believe he was killed by responding officers.
Authorities said the incident began before noon when Ramos, who was reportedly a student at Uvalde High School, shot his grandmother before crashing a vehicle near the school. Abbott said Ramos, armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, entered the building and “horrifically” and “incomprehensibly” opened fire.
Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students. The city of Uvalde is located about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Abbott said Tuesday’s events are “a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas.” The White House said President Joe Biden has offered Abbott his assistance and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.
Original Story @ 5 p.m. Tuesday: Fourteen students and a teacher have died after a shooting this (Tuesday) afternoon at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Governor Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old gunman “horrifically” and “incomprehensibly” shot and killed 14 students and a teacher at the school, which is located about 85 miles west of San Antonio and has an enrollment of just under 600 students.
Abbott said the shooter is deceased, and that authorities believe he was killed by responding officers.
The shooter, identified by Abbott as Salvador Ramos, was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle. According to Abbott, Ramos, who was reportedly a student at Uvalde High School, shot his grandmother before opening fire at the elementary school.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital had said it received 13 children for treatment, while three others were transferred or pending transfer to San Antonio. University Health in San Antonio said it received one child and one adult.
Two responding officers were also shot, but Abbott said they are expected to recover.
Uvalde Consolidated ISD reported an active shooter at the school around noon, and placed all campuses on lockdown as a result.
The district said the city’s civic center was being used as a reunification center.