An 18-year-old gunman fatally shot 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, before he was killed by law-enforcement officers. It was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012 that left 26 people dead, including 20 children between 6 and 7 years old. Dozens were injured in the Texas elementary school massacre.
The incident began at around 11:50 local time when shots first appeared to have been fired on the campus of the elementary school. Border Patrol agents, the BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) special response team, and Texas Highway Patrol troopers were present to assist the first-responders.
At 4:20 P.M., school district police stated that they believed that the shooter was a U.S. citizen who graduated from the local high school and was acting alone in the incident. Robb Elementary School is home to students in the second, third, and fourth grades, the chief of police said. KSAT reported that Uvalde Station Border Patrol agents attended the shooting and immediately provided medical attention to the injured students at the school.
Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued a statement, saying, “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss, and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”
During an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Governor Abbott spoke about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, explaining that the person who shot the victims was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old male living in Uvalde. It's believed that he walked to Robb Elementary School with a gun in his hand and possibly owned a rifle, although that has not been verified by the most recent accounts. The shooter coldly and inexplicably killed 19 students and two teachers. The shooter himself died, and it is believed that responding officers were responsible for his death while he was in active custody. No formal disclosures about the victims had been made available as of the time of publication. The victims of the shooting are confirmed to be under local hospital treatment.
Parents were advised to go to the reunification website to check on their children. The delay was made in order to take into account all potential survivors and victims, according to the school's Facebook page.
Earlier in the day, KENS CBS 5 reported that hospital officials had issued a statement that a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition. Another child had also been treated; however, the child's condition was not being reported. At the time, Uvalde Memorial Hospital reported two deaths and 15 injuries. The two deaths were said to be children who had arrived dead at the hospital, KSAT reports.