‘Active shooter’ barricaded at Texas elementary school


14 students and a teacher were killed in a shooting at an elementary school west of San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott said.

The attack began at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small hill country town with a population of just over 16,000. Victims were taken to hospitals in Uvalde and San Antonio after the horrific attack. Elementary school for students from 2nd to 4th grade, is 90% are Hispanic.

“Texans across the state are mourning for the victims of this pointless crime and for the Uvalde community,” Abbott said. said in the statement. “Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and call on all Texans to come together to show their unwavering support to all who suffer.”

According to Abbott, the alleged shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Romas, has died. “I believe the response officers killed him,” he said.

It is known that Romas was a student at Uvalde High School. Abbott alleged that he shot his grandmother before entering elementary school with a pistol and rifle on Tuesday morning.

Before Abbott spoke to the press, Uvalde Memorial Hospital told ABC News that two children had been killed in alleged gunshot wounds. The hospital also added that 13 additional students were being treated in the emergency room and a 45-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by one of the bullets.

University Health in San Antonio said it was taking care of two children and an adult in the shooting.

Mayor Don McLaughlin Uvalde did not confirm the number of casualties, but told ABC News it was “a very bad situation.”

“There is a shooter at Rob Elementary School. Law enforcement is on the scene,” the school wrote on Facebook early Tuesday. “We need your cooperation, who are not visiting the campus right now.”

Uvalde parents have been asked not to go to school and to meet their children at the Uvalde Civic Center for “unity”.

“Parents should pick up students during normal school hours,” the school said on Facebook. “Bus does not run. Police officers will escort students to the parent vehicle at the scene. Because the line is long, parents, please wait a little.”

The closure was first reported by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District at 11:43 a.m. local time.

Robb Elementary School was closed as police responded to an active shooting investigation.

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Children board a school bus while police officers guard the scene of a shooting near Rob Elementary School in Yuvalde, Texas, USA on May 24, 2022.

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Police officers guard the scene of a shooting near Rob Elementary School in Yuvalde, Texas, USA on May 24, 2022.

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“Please note that all campuses are currently closed due to shootings in the area. Students and staff are safe in the building,” the district told parents in a message.

The Uvalde massacre is the largest mass shooting in the United States this year, surpassing the massacre that took place at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York 10 days earlier. All ten people were killed in the attack, all black. According to Gun Violence Archives, there were 43 mass shootings in the United States in May alone. There are already 27 school shooting until this year.

The shooting is the worst shooting ever at a Texas school. It happened four years and six days after a shooter killed 10 people, 8 students and 2 teachers at Santa Fe High School outside Houston.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Alejandro Mallorcas said Mallorcas had been informed of the situation. White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden will speak about the shootings when he returns to Washington from a visit to Japan this evening.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was vice president at the time of the last major push for federal gun control legislation, after 26 people were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Abbott, who opposes tighter gun control, said last year signature A law that allows anyone over the age of 21 living in Texas to carry a handgun without a permit. He will speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston later this week.

In the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut spoke bluntly.

“What are we doing?” he said “I got another Sandy Hook in my hands a few days after a shooter went into the grocery store to shoot an African American customer.”

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